Whiskey Special: A life of Uisce Beatha

Irish whiskey has survived famine, war, recession and prohibition, and is now in the midst of a revival

4th September, 2016
Peter Mulryan, author of The Whiskeys of Ireland and chief executive of Blackwater distillery Pic: Bryan Meade

The spirit in your glass is not clear – it is a nutty amber colour; if you swish it around, it smells of all kinds of wonderful things that you can’t quite put a name to; also, unlike vodka, it tastes of something.

What you are experiencing here are the ‘congeners’, the flavour elements, which in any decent whiskey only account for between 0.1 per cent and 0.2 per cent of what is...

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