A Cask Strength Update

It would appear I’ve been a bit quiet here on Cask Strength Communications for the past number of months, although that wouldn’t be quite true. As many of my readers will know this website was created as a result of my unemployment due to Covid19, 7 months on, 1 cancelled Wedding date, Lockdown no.2 underwayContinue reading “A Cask Strength Update”

Killowen Peated alongside Two, Two Stacks

There’s nothing quite like enjoying a whiskey straight from the cask in the presence of the distiller, in the distilleries warehouses or a small rackhouse such as the one pictured. They’ll tell you how they have tried create something new, or traditional, or historical, or something true to their story. You’ll be drawn in andContinue reading “Killowen Peated alongside Two, Two Stacks”

Pearse Lyons ‘Marriage of Malt’, Blended Malt Distillery Exclusive Review

Throughout the lock-down period in Ireland when I had only been temporarily laid-off rather than fully terminated as I am now, I began working on an Irish Whiskey education project. (‘terminated’ sounds so sinister doesn’t it, reminds me of Arnold Schwarzenegger, although unlike him it doesn’t look like ‘I’ll be back’ anytime soon, to workContinue reading “Pearse Lyons ‘Marriage of Malt’, Blended Malt Distillery Exclusive Review”

Irish Hospitality Heroes: Protecting Irish Pubs

Anyone who knows me personally will know that my passion and knowledge for Irish Whiskey is only matched by my passion and knowledge of Irish Pubs. I’ve spent an incredible amount of time in Irish pubs over the past decade, both in a professional capacity and as a loyal customer to many venues across theContinue reading “Irish Hospitality Heroes: Protecting Irish Pubs”

The Waterford Distillery Single Farm Origin: A Trio about Terroir

Before we start, this is a relatively lengthy whisky review, I don’t think there is any other way to approach these whiskies for the first time. Part of the enjoyment is in attempting to understand the project which the Waterford Distillery are undertaking and in coming to the realization that this is no ordinary distillery.Continue reading “The Waterford Distillery Single Farm Origin: A Trio about Terroir”

Velvet Cap Irish Whiskey Review

The Blackwater Distillery’s return to independent bottling after a relatively lackluster attempt with the Retronaut 17 year Old release, (lackluster only in that the market had been flooded with similarly aged and priced independent Single Malt’s all from the same source) a decent whiskey but expensive and at a price-point where it was never reallyContinue reading “Velvet Cap Irish Whiskey Review”

Connacht Distillery Trio Review

Throughout the Covid-19 lockdown I have been lucky enough to take part in several TalkDram tastings and have posted a lot more regularly across Social Media, and of course I had the time to develop this website. This period has also led to some supreme acts of kindness from several whiskey companies in sending meContinue reading “Connacht Distillery Trio Review”

Irish Hospitality Heroes: Examples of Excellence

As a short forward to this piece, I wanted to highlight that, at the time of posting, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the bars of Ireland are currently closed. We now have a potential date for re-opening and I’m sure you will be as happy as I am to get back to visiting some ofContinue reading “Irish Hospitality Heroes: Examples of Excellence”

A New Age for Pot Still?

Friday April 11th, the Kilbeggan Distilling Co. TalkDram Tasting, was the event that really put the conversation of what can and what can’t be considered ‘Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey’ back firmly in my mind. And, in the weeks that followed there’s been several instances where the topic has popped up online, adding further fuelContinue reading “A New Age for Pot Still?”

Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye & Kilbeggan Single Pot Still

Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye 43%abv €55.00 The first product to be released from production at Kilbeggan Distillery since it ceased distilling in the early 1950’s. The mash-bill was taken from ledgers of Whiskeys which would have been produced in the mid 1800’s, containing 30% Rye, with a mixture of malted and un-malted barley. The whiskeyContinue reading “Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye & Kilbeggan Single Pot Still”