Have yourself a cask strength Christmas

Cask strength whiskeys offer a taste of the liquid in its purest form

6th December, 2020
Have yourself a cask strength Christmas
Lora Hemy of Roe & Co. Photography: Fergal Phillips

This may well shock many of you, but most Irish whiskeys have some water added to them. Before you explode with consumer rage and call up your local radio station to complain, please bear in mind that it is done for some very good reasons.

To begin with, lowering the alcohol level slightly by water dilution will soften the spirit, making it somewhat more palatable for those who like a smoother drink. Secondly, the exceptionally...

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