Saturday, June 17, 2017

Irish Whiskey



I don't think I've ever had so much as a dram of whiskey in my life or ever will, but Galway is virtually awash in the stuff. 




What I like are all the shapes and colors. :-)

"Irish whiskey (Irish: Fuisce or uisce beatha) is whiskey made on the island of Ireland.

The word "whiskey" is an Anglicisation of the first word in the Gaelic phrase, uisce betha, meaning "water of life" (modern Irish: uisce beatha, Scottish: uisge beatha and Manx: ushtey bea). The phrase was a translation of the Latin term aqua vitae, which was commonly used to describe distilled spirits during the Middle Ages.

Peat is rarely used in the malting process, so that Irish whiskey has a smoother finish as opposed to the smoky, earthy overtones common to some Scotches. There are notable exceptions to these rules in both countries; an example is Connemara peated Irish malt (double distilled) whiskey from the Cooley Distillery in Riverstown, Cooley, County Louth.

Irish whiskey was once the most popular spirit in the world, though a long period of decline from the late 19th century onwards greatly damaged the industry. So much so that although Ireland boasted over 30 distilleries in the 1890s, a century later, this number had fallen to just three. However, Irish whiskey has seen a great resurgence in popularity since the late twentieth century, and has been the fastest growing spirit in the world every year since 1990. With exports growing by over 15% per annum in recent years, existing distilleries have been expanded and a number of new distilleries constructed. As of early 2017, Ireland now has sixteen distilleries in operation, with at least a further fourteen in the planning stages. However, only five of these have been operating long enough to have products sufficiently aged for sale, and only one of these was operating prior to 1975" (Wikipedia).


11 comments:

  1. No visit to Ireland without a wiskey proof exam from one of the distilleries. (Mine was Jameson)

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  2. ...I never touch the stuff.

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  3. "Water of life", LOL. Guess mine would be rather short! Interesting facts and wee, lots of colors.

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  4. I had it once, didn't like it, but it wasn't an Irish whiskey.

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  5. I'm not a whiskey drinker either!

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  6. That whiskey, is of recognized fame

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  7. I like the different shapes of the bottles and the labels in the first photo. When I do drink whiskey it is either Bushmills or Jameson.

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  8. I'm not a whiskey drinker, but Irish Whiskey is very popular ...

    All the best Jan

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  9. Nice collection, and I am always looking for the graphic design on the bottles. ( Yes, I know it does not say if what the bottle has got inside is good..... )

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