Irish Whiskey

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Home of the world’s oldest licensed distillery, Bushmills – established in 1608 – Ireland is arguably the birthplace of whiskey distilling as it’s known today! For a dram to be legally classified as Irish whiskey, the maturation and distillation processes must take place in Ireland. While Scotch is generally distilled only twice, Irish whiskey is typically triple distilled, removing the ‘heavier’ components of the whisky and resulting in a lighter style of spirit. Peat is also less common in the production of Irish whiskey, although not altogether absent. Another important factor in the production of Irish whiskey is the nation’s advocacy of the pot still, a large example of which was used by early Bushmills distillers to produce a consistently smooth style of whiskey.

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