As many know, I'm on a vacation with my 16yo daughter in Ireland. We've been here about two weeks and it's been an excellent trip.......great weather (lucky), great people and beautiful scenery. Now to the whisky.
So far my favorites have been the Powers 12yo (liked the vanilla) and the Red Breast 12yo Pure Pot Still (tangy sweetness). The Jameson Distillery Reserve 12yo (available only at the distillery) is also excellent......some of it is aged in sherry casks. Have a bottle of the Middleton Very Rare 2004 to bring home and drink while looking at pictures from the trip. It was aged entirely in bourbon barrels.
Visited the Jameson Hertiage Center in Cork and was an excellent tour ...... very interesting presentation of the making of Irish whisky in earlier times. Also finagled a tour of the new Middleton plant adjacent to the Heritage site. The control center for the pot still distillation was very interesting. I'll post a picture or two when we return.
Side note......many pubs will serve their Guiness at the temp the locals like it or from the 'Extra Cold' spout (for us Americans, I guess.....or when its really hot outside). When they hear my accent, they go right for the 'Extra Cold'.
Side note 2 ...... The Celtic Whisky Shop in Dublin has a neat selection of old irish whiskys for sale. If your looking for that old, 100% pot still from long ago, they might have it.....many at prices well in excess of €600. Also had Hancock's Reserve for sale.
The journey continues. Galway and environs today and on to Newgrange and Trim Castle tomorrow.
PS We were in London during the tube bombings ..... but fortunately sleeping in that morning. The people in London seemed to handle the tragedy/problems extremely well.