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European Whiskey

Date: Thursday, March 31st
Time: Doors open: 7:30pm (please wait in the bar before this time so we can set up the room)
Tasting begins: 8:00pm sharp
Where: Brooks Hotel,
Drury Street,
Dublin 2.
Tickets: Members: €15
Non-members: €25


Event Description

We owe them our roads and they're bailing out our banks. They send us their cheese and wine and in return we recycle their taxes.

But Europe offers more to Ireland than foreign languages and the Brussels parliament. Irish whiskey experienced a huge resurrection in popularity when it accessed the common market, but just like the roads, the markets run in two directions.

Alcohol has been distilled in Europe for more than a millennium, as the many fine brandies, gins and vodkas that emanate from the continent will attest. And recently, inspired by the great whiskey traditions of Ireland and Scotland, some of our neighbours have been trying their hand at making whiskey too with fascinating and impressive results.

In centuries past, a young gentleman or lady would complete their education with a Grand Tour of Europe, taking in the sights and experiences of the great continent. In these cash-strapped times, we can't all afford to head off to Europe, so the Irish Whiskey Society has decided to bring Europe to you instead.

These drams, often made by artisan producers in small batches, are the new wave of world whiskey production, and you'll not find them in any Irish bar or off-licence. But the Irish Whiskey Society is dedicated to introducing world whiskeys to Irish fans, and for our March tasting we'll be sampling some of the best that Europe has to offer.

We've selected a wide sample of the myriad of whiskey expressions currently being distilled in non-traditional whiskey-making countries. From the 'traditional' European dram (local spirit blended with Scotch) all the way through single malts and cask finishes, with even a hat-tip the traditional Irish style blend, we've put together a sampling of whiskies to showcase what European whiskey has to offer.

With drams from Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales included, you're sure to enjoy an eye-opening whiskey experience in the informative company of our European whiskey guru, Liam Smith.


Whiskeys


Note: At the end of the night we vote for our favourite whiskey. Number of votes and placing are included in the tables below.

1. DYC 8 Year Old

ABV 40%
Age 8
Type Blend
Finish -
Distillery DYC
Region Spain
Distilled
Bottled
Votes
Place
Notes
  • 25% malt, 75% grain
  • Some malt from Scotland, some from Spain

2. Goldlys Belgian Double Still

ABV 40%
Age 10
Type Blend
Finish -
Distillery Filliers Distillery
Region Belgium
Distilled
Bottled
Votes
Place
Notes
  • Malt, rye & maize
  • Bourbon cask matured

3.
Mackmyra Single Malt - The First Edition

ABV 46.1%
Age NAS
Type Single malt
Finish -
Distillery Mackmyra
Region Sweden
Distilled
Bottled
Votes
Place
Notes
  • 45% small casks
  • Some new Swedish oak

4.
Frysk Hynder Single Malt

ABV 40%
Age 3
Type Single malt
Finish -
Distillery Us Heit Distillery
Region Netherlands
Distilled 12 Jan 2005
Bottled 4 Apr 2008
Votes
Place
Notes
  • Matured in Oloroso sherry cask

5.
Swhisky Skipper Glen Vignettes

ABV 40%
Age NAS
Type Single malt
Finish -
Distillery
Region Switzerland
Distilled
Bottled
Votes
Place
Notes
  • Burgundy cask matured

6.
Penderyn Aum Cymru

ABV 46%
Age 3
Type Single Malt
Finish Madeira cask
Distillery Welsh Whisky Company
Region Wales
Distilled
Bottled July 2009
Votes
Place
Notes

7. Arran Founders Reserve

ABV 43%
Age 6
Type Single Malt
Finish -
Distillery Arran Distillery
Region Islands (Isle of Arran)
Distilled 1995
Bottled 2001
Votes
Place
Notes




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