Given the whiskey profile that the town now has nationally, Dingle members of the IWS will be invited to a blind tasting in order to sample and vote for the various whiskey's of the year for 2019. This will be only the second time that we here in Kerry will be afforded the opportunity to influence just who the winners will be at the awards ceremony in October and we will be joined by the members of the Dublin, Cork & Kilkenny organisations in voting in this years awards. Belfast and Waterford may also be included. The results of this vote will be announced to all at the Irish Whiskey Awards which will be held this year for the first time in Dingle Distillery on Thursday, October 17, 2019.
The evening will involve sitting down to nose and taste whiskey from several different categories and to award points accordingly. Nobody will be told on the night just what they are tasting which makes this a very unique event.
This event is open to fully paid up Irish Whiskey Society and Celtic Whiskey Club members only. This will be strictly applied. Given that tickets for the annual award ceremony are always in very scarce supply, only members countrywide who actually take part in one of the sample tasting events around the country will be permitted to apply for tickets for the event in the towns distillery in October.
Lets get along to this evening and show the rest of the country just what we here in Kerry can do.
N.B. Attendees are not required to remain at this event for 3 hours. Attendees can arrive at 1800 hours or any time which suits them, finish their sampling by 7, 7.45 etc and then leave. Latest admission will be at 2000hrs to finish at 2100hrs.
In September, the Dingle chapter of the Irish Whiskey Society will once again welcome you all to the latest incarnation of what have been some of the whiskey tastings of the past couple of years, not just in the town but the entire country! During this year we have been lucky indeed to have had several whiskey ambassadors’ from Ireland’s distillery’s travel to Dingle to present their wares to us and for this years ambassadors whiskey tasting, we hope to expand on that theme. IWS Dingle hope to have up to eight of them in the same room together and just to add a bit of craic and a further twist to the standard tasting format, they will present each other’s whiskeys blind. In other words, they will be presenting not their own brands but those of the other presenters, without knowing just what it is they are presenting.
Previously, this event was held in October but we have brought this year's one forward by one month to try to ensure clement weather for all of those travelling to the town.
We look forward to having them explain to us just what it is that motivates them to do what they do, what their own favourite drams are and just where they see Irish whiskey in ten or even twenty years’ time. As usual, they will be open to questions from our expert audience and there are bound to be a lot of laughs on the evening. There will also be some food provided on the night.
We may also be fortunate enough to witness Crystal Master Craftsman, Sean Daly demonstrate just how he produces those beautiful Dingle Crystal whiskey glasses.
There will be a bus provided and this will pick up attendees at 19.15 hours outside John Benny's pub, Strand St or people can make their own way to the workshop.
We have a truly special Scotch and Irish whiskey tasting in the company of world renowned critic and Keeper of the Quaich Charles MacLean and the Scottish Malt Whisky Society (SMWS), lined up for October. As most of you are aware, 2019 is the tenth anniversary of our society and we wanted to do something really special for our members both in Dingle and Dublin. We are hoping to have up to 20 members travel to the town to see just what a great job we are doing here in Kerry.
We were privileged to have Charles come to Dublin from Scotland in 2016 and he produced one of the best tastings that the society has ever hosted and indeed opened members eyes to what the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society is really about.
As a result of this, we have had our very own SMWS tastings in Dingle but they will pale into insignificance in comparison to what Charles will offer on the night.
For those of you unfamiliar with our distant Scottish cousins, the SMWS was founded in the late 1970s by Phillip “Pip” Hills and a small group of like-minded spirits in an even smaller kitchen with a large bottle of Glenfarclas drawn straight from the cask. Today, their headquarters in Leith is home to a reservoir of staggering expressions from across not just Scotland’sbut the world's whiskey-scape and their sleek, discreet, dark green bottles have become liquid icons of Scotland’s finest fluids. On the evening, we will be tasting MacLean’s hand selected range from those same members-only bottlings as he walks us through the nooks and crannies of his national nectar with a depth and insight afforded by a lifetime in the heart of world whisky criticism.
The author of numerous classics such as Whiskypedia and Whisky: A Liquid History, MacLean is a living legend on the Scottish single malt stage and it is our absolute pleasure to invite him and his society to Dingle for what we’re very confident will be a night to remember and the beginning of an Auld Acquaintance n'er forgot in years to come.
Amongst the selection, there will be a very rare & unique SMWS Irish whiskey as well as four of our own society bottlings on offer.
We can absolutely guarantee you that this will be an evening not to be missed.
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