Whiskey or Whisky. Which Would You Choose?


Here in Cork we are very proud of the fact that  we have the only distillery in southern Ireland that produces Whiskey – Jameson,Paddy, Powers, Midleton Very Rare and Tullamore Dew. Bushmills  it is all produced here and then bottled in Dublin and other places in Ireland.

As I had some Canadian visitors last week, we went on a tour of the distillery, and learnt a lot of facts about Irish Whiskey.   The Irish word for Whiskey is ‘Uisce Beatha’ which means ‘Water of Life’, and the three main ingredients in Whiskey are barley, malt and water.  The distillery in Cork dates back to about 1795, and during the tour of the old buildings,  you can see how the distilling process was done in times gone by.  You can read all about the Jameson Experience here.

Besides the different spelling of (Irish) Whiskey or (Scotch) Whisky, the Irish product is triple distilled, which makes for a very smooth taste, whereas the Scotch Whisky is distilled twice, and often over peat fires, to give it a smoky finish.  American Whiskey is usually only distilled once…I know which I would choose!   Most Irish Whiskey is stored in barrels that were previously used for sherry, and this gives the whiskey an extra flavour and colour.   The barrels are stored for anything from 3 years upwards,  of course the longer the whiskey is stored the more expensive it is.   During storage, there is a natural process of evaporation in the barrels, even up to one third of a barrel can evaporate after 20 years storage, this evaporation is called the angels’ portion!

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  1. meticulousmick
    Oct 21, 2013 @ 14:55:34

    Still have to go here and it is just dow the road! Sounds like you’d recommend it. MM 🍀

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    • joanfrankham
      Oct 21, 2013 @ 15:12:49

      Yes, its definitely worth it, especially if you get your hand up fast when the guide asks for volunteers, then you get to taste scotch american and rye, AND get an official tasters certificate! The history of the place is great.

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  2. jotsfromasmallapt
    Oct 21, 2013 @ 16:07:08

    I can see MM now…not only in the queue with his hand up…but jumping up and down!
    Will add the distillery tour to the list when next in Ireland…thank you, Joan.
    Raye

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  3. wildsherkin
    Oct 21, 2013 @ 16:13:04

    I’ll tag along too but only if there are cloves, laden spoons of brown sugar and lemons available. Signed: Whiskey Philistine. 🙂

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  4. KerryCan
    Oct 21, 2013 @ 18:36:07

    We went to the Laphroaig distillery in Scotland–it was fascinating! But I still prefer Irish whiskey by a mile!

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  5. Ronnie mcGinn
    Oct 21, 2013 @ 19:00:25

    Wow wee! When I was in Bushmills they never said

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  6. The Silver Voice
    Oct 21, 2013 @ 21:06:22

    whiskEy of course! Bushmills produced in Midleton? Kilbeggan produced in Midleton? Never knew this – are they recent additions?

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    • joanfrankham
      Oct 21, 2013 @ 22:51:07

      I think that is what our guide said, they have a very big plant down there so it would make sense.

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      • The Silver Voice
        Oct 21, 2013 @ 23:20:00

        It is a great venue and makes a lovely tour! I know it very well. I think that if Bushmills is produced here it could endanger the peace process! And what about the excise duty? Kilbeggan certainly was manufactured in Kilbeggan – it way well have transferred to Midleton in recent times.

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      • joanfrankham
        Oct 21, 2013 @ 23:22:12

        yes, I think you are right, it is the other brands that are produced in Midleton…and that was before I had the whiskey!!

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    • joanfrankham
      Oct 21, 2013 @ 23:05:57

      had another look at the Midleton site, and Bushmills or Kilbeggan may not be produced there…my mistake.

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      • The Silver Voice
        Oct 21, 2013 @ 23:22:17

        I think that there is a new distillery being opened up again in Tullamore in the next year or so – where Tullamore DEW etc was produced. It’s hard to keep track of all these whiskeys. Unlike Scotland where many of the whiskys are produced in small unique little distilleries.

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  7. aj vosse
    Oct 26, 2013 @ 09:53:04

    Jameses Son is good but Black Bush is best!!!

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  8. Browsing the Atlas
    Nov 03, 2013 @ 13:09:50

    I know which whiskey I’d choose, too! I got to take part in a Jameson tasting in Dublin. It’s Jameson Gold for me!

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  9. vanecktharien
    Nov 10, 2013 @ 21:51:52

    We visited the Jameson distillery last year and it was such a fun and informative visit. You live in a beautiful part of the world.

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