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Irish Whiskey

Many a proud Irishman claims the inventor of whiskey to be Saint Patrick himself, way back from the fifth century. Irish whiskey, like scotch, is a barley derivative. It's often cut with neutral grain spirits. The malt - half-sprouted barley with oats - is dried in a closed kiln so there's no smoky flavor. With the exception of the Irish coffee, Irish whiskey isn't recommended as a cocktail mixer. It's best enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or with a splash of water. Like anything out of Ireland, this whiskey is mired in politics. The Jameson/Bushmills, Catholic/Protestant debate rages. In fact, it's been said that "drinking Bushmills in these times is like driving a Volkswagen during World War II." We suggest you try them all and find one you fancy. Just be careful where you order it.
Last modified: 5 April 2009
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