The revival in Irish whiskey would be stymied before it had even begun, were it not for one spirit: gin. The legal rules that state a whiskey must be stored in cask for three years before sale means that the new distilleries opening all around us would be silent, unless they could diversify production into immediately saleable products. These include poitin, vodka and gin.
In the past, new whiskey distilleries would simply buy in stock...
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