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What is Irish Whiskey All About?

So first thing out of the gate… Irish Whiskey (yes with an ‘e’) can only be called Irish Whiskey if it is made in Ireland and is cask-aged for a minimum of 3 years.  However, most producers age their Irish Whiskey for at least 2 to 3 times that requirement.  

The Irish also use a copper pot still and they distill their delicious drops of dew 3 times (with a few exceptions, the Scots distill theirs twice).  This third distillation softens the whiskey a wee bit, but it keeps all of the fabulous complex flavours for which Irish Whiskey is known.  

Irish Whiskey is not peated, for the most part.  There are a few ‘peated’ ones in the market now, but we suspect that number will stay quite low.

To your health, or as the Irish would say Sláinte (pronounced Slon-cha) 

Some of the Irish Whiskey brands and prices you can find at Leduc Co-Op Liquor:

$ 43.39 – Bushmills 10 Year Old 
$ 39.99 – Kilbeggan 
$ 34.59 – Jameson 
$ 58.59 – Connemara Peated Single Malt

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