Whiskey: Get into the spirit

Recent breakthroughs in Irish whiskey production could herald a golden age, writes Tomás Clancy.

4th December, 2011
Whiskey: Get into the spirit
Whiskey tasting: Irish offerings are out in front by a nose. Photo: Getty

While it is surely hard to believe that we are living through a Golden Age for anything, the facts are clear. This is the dawning of potentially the greatest period of success and diversity for Irish whiskey in three centuries.

After a dark period in the 1960s, when the powers that be closed down almost every independent Irish distillery and amalgamated practically the entire industry into a thoroughly modern plant in Midleton, we have now...

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