Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition Irish Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to Irish Distillers, Jameson, and Ketchum for the sample. For this year's St. Patrick's Day's Irish whiskey review, I thought we'd take a look at  St. Francis. Ok, perhaps more specifically, the Franciscans, the religious orders and sects that follow the teachings of St. Francis. What the hell, let's narrow it down even … Continue reading Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition Irish Whiskey – Review

Jameson’s “The Blender’s Dog” Irish Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to Irish Distillers, Jameson, and Ketchum for the sample. In a distillery/whiskey production setting, the word "dog" can be used for several different things...or really just two very, very different things and then a few variations on the theme. There is, of course, the four-legged kind of dog (Canis lupus familiaris), who often … Continue reading Jameson’s “The Blender’s Dog” Irish Whiskey – Review

Prizefight Irish Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to Quaker City Mercantile for the sample. With the category of Irish whiskey booming, it's no surprise that people are trying to jump in at all levels. There are a lot of non-distilling producers out there at the moment, making up new brands or reviving old ones. The interesting thing is that, relatively … Continue reading Prizefight Irish Whiskey – Review

The Quiet Man Traditional Irish Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to Common Ground PR and Luxco for the sample When I first heard the name of this relatively new Irish Whiskey, I immediately thought of the Graham Greene book, The Quiet Man. Then, not quite as immediately, I thought, that doesn't sound right. And indeed it is not. Turns out I was conflating Greene's … Continue reading The Quiet Man Traditional Irish Whiskey – Review

Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey – Review

*Many thanks to the Baddish Group for the sample. In 1972, Irish whiskey pretty much hit rock bottom. Bushmills had just been absorbed into Irish Distillers, thereby giving the company control of both distilleries (New Middleton and Old Bushmills) on the island. At the time, Irish whiskey was reportedly selling barely 500,000 cases a year … Continue reading Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey – Review

Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey – Review

The Town of Tullamore was damn near burned to the ground in 1785 when a hot air balloon crashed (slowly, I'm guessing) and set aflame more than 100 houses. There's no record as to who was piloting the pride of the Montgolfier brothers, but we can assume it was a terrible accident and not one caused … Continue reading Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey – Review

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey – Review

Apparently, big things are happening at the Kilbeggan Distillery. Owned today by the proudly independent Irish distiller Cooley, Kilbeggan claims to be the oldest distillery in the world, being founded and officially recognized back in 1757.  It functioned through a few ownership changes until failing sales forced its closure in 1957. Cooley resurrected the Kilbeggan … Continue reading Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey – Review