The Five Biggest Irish Whiskey Myths

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  • travelmpq.8caf2d6 posted 4 weeks ago

    I agree with Bil Marsano. My father was an IRA member during the War of Independence. He came to America after the IRA was defeated in the Irish Civil War. He always said that Bushmills was "Orange Whiskey" because it was produced in Northern Ireland. He drank Jameson and Paddy's because they were produced in the Republic. The religion of their founders had nothing to do with it.

  • fearraigh posted 3 years ago

    'Ancient prejudices'? These prejudices were born in the US, not in Ireland. Bushmills has NEVER been identified, much less scorned, as a 'Protestant' whiskey in Ireland, even at the height of the Troubles. The company even faced the threat of a boycott in the 1990s from the Protestant Democratic Unionist Party for sponsoring the Antrim GAA team (a sport played largely by Catholics). How come Bushmills and Black Bush are available in every bar in the mainy Catholic 26 counties? Similarly, John Jameson was Protestant and one of the biggest Unionists going at a time when Ireland rose up against British rule in a non-sectarian uprising. In any case, both distilleries have been French-owned, by Pernod-Ricard, since 1988. Irish-Americans are long viewed in the old country as knowing Sweet FA about the politics or history of Ireland. They are welcome to their barstool theories, Belfast Car Bombs and 'ancient prejudices'. Just stop trying to pretend they have any relevance to what actually goes on in Ireland.

  • ellesmith.fagan.5 posted 3 years ago

    Setting up a new house, updating my liquor knowledge for Saint Patrick's Day coming. Thank you for this fine article ....
    one comment - can ye smile from it? perhaps not. When I was a girl in a family where 7 Irish Uncles would tip a few to their Saint Patrick's Day - born Da, till he was 90 and ready to go on: it was the consensus that the Irish Whiskey went down in popularity for fairness' sake. Till they win their full freedom, they are NOT entitled to their cups, since one gets ones treats AFTER the chores are done. :-D
    When all 4 green fields bloom once again, we can go to get wild mountain thyme.

  • stinkoid posted 3 years ago

    My spouse's parents lived across the street from the Midleton distillery since the mid-60s. It's been interesting over the years to see the scale of the enterprise increase many-fold over the decades. The warehouses used for ageing are now ginourmous.

    Last time I did it, the distillery tour was worth the effort, particularly if you paired it with the optional tasting.

  • Coopster posted 3 years ago

    Does it really matter CATHOLIC-PROTESTANT? No. like McGarry says " The juice speaks for itself"

  • posted 3 years ago

    Re "JAMESON IS CATHOLIC AND BUSHMILLS IS PROTESTANT": McGarry's points may have some validity, but we're not talking about technicalities here, we're talking about ancient prejudices. And so long as the two whiskeys are produced in their current locations, Jameson will be Catholic and Bushmills Protestant to people who hold or respect the specific prejudices involved. This would be true even were both whiskeys to be absolutely identical in every way. People don't let go of these things, and so long as they don't lead to bloodshed, they're acceptable as historical expressions and references.

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