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    Re: Ireland; What to try?

    Sounds like you had a great, albeit busy, trip. You're right about the Guinness tasting better, and the friendliness of the people can sometimes be shocking when you're used to the "keep to yourself" hustle of American city living, especially when visiting rural Ireland. When I lived in England in the nineties, I used to fly to Ireland every 4-6 weeks or so for short trips to explore different regions of the country. I once arrived in Donegal, way up north, by bus, rather later in the day than I expected. I stopped in the first pub I could find to get a pint and something to eat before heading out to look for some last minute accommodation for the night. I struck up a conversation with a guy sitting next to me at the bar, who happened to have relatives who lived near where I grew up in New York City. After many more pints and a few whiskeys he told me to forget about the hotels and B&B's--he'd just call home and have his wife cook up a "proper" dinner for us and make up the guest bed. How often does cool stuff like that happen in life?

    I've been dying to try the Connemara line of products and it sounds like you got a good one. Too bad you couldn't score the Green Spot but there's always next time.
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    Re: Ireland; What to try?

    Much like in the United States, all of the whiskey made in Ireland comes from a dishearteningly small number of companies and distilleries, in Ireland's case: three. Cooley, in Dublin, is independent, Bushmills is Diageo and Jameson is Pernod. Most of the brands you've heard about are made at Pernod's big distillery at Middleton. They do make both column and pot still whiskey there. In a way they're like Buffalo Trace, or Four Roses for that matter, in that they are making several different whiskeys at one distillery.

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    Re: Ireland; What to try?

    I was thinking of getting some Redbreast 12 or 15 for March 17th, but I might get a Jameson instead.

    My daughter's boyfriend was the editor for this commercial.

    Enjoy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ9glNdAaI8

    Anyone have any thoughts as to what Irish Whiskey I should get?

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    Re: Ireland; What to try?

    I cut my teeth on Jameson as a wee lad and still go to it from time to time.

    I'm a RedBreast 12 guy. Great stuff, can't go wrong except you may give someone an expensive habit.
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    Re: Ireland; What to try?

    Powers 12 yr or Jameson 1780.

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    Re: Ireland; What to try?

    Woops, am on the phone while posting, meant to include Black Bush.

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    Re: Ireland; What to try?

    I like Tullamore Dew 12 or Jamesons 12!

    Thomas

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    Re: Ireland; What to try?

    I have only had the Jameson 12, BlackBush and Redbreast 15 I liked all three.
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    Re: Ireland; What to try?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Powers 12 yr or Jameson 1780.
    I agree with these, plus Black Bush and Midleton Very Rare.
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    Re: Ireland; What to try?

    Quote Originally Posted by Special Reserve View Post
    My daughter's boyfriend was the editor for this commercial.

    Enjoy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ9glNdAaI8
    I love those commercials. I like the one where he dives into the water after a barrel and is attacked by a giant octopus. He manages to always saves the whiskey.

 

 

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