15 May 2018
Whisky Museum in Dublin, Ireland
What better way to spend a rainy day in Dublin than in the whisky museum?
Notes from a guided tour.
Uisce is the Irish word for water
beatha means of life
book of Kel 1405 first record of the word whiskey, it was then made by monks.
Was the original purpose communion, instead of wine?
Used as perfume, originally from Iran came with with moors to Spain
must be aged at least 3 years by law
Angel share lost to evaporation is about 20% per year, therefore old whiskey expensive: you pay for lost whiskey!
the more you lose to angels the faster whiskey ages
Shibeen illegal distillery in Ireland
Pogee? unaged whisky
malting, germinating by soaking in warm water 3 days, starch changes into sugar
Stop the process by drying with hot air or burning peat to make smoky flavor get grist.
Yeast to transform grist to alcohol, about 12pc beer is the result
Whiskey is distilled beer in a nutshell
In Ireland cìit is allowed to make whiskey at home but not sell or even give away because fear of methanol.
... and also because of tax revenues suffered!
There 8192 illegal stills in Ireland in 1834 , more than ten times more than in Scotland
Triple distillation in Ireland makes for smoother alcohol.
Stills made of copper
Add sulfites as in wine to stabilize
Toasting barrels just 20 seconds or so to get flavor caramel and vanilla from America oak barrels, only use barrels once.
Also continuous still, can get as much alcohol in one week as normal in nine months. Started in 1937 with continuous stills.
Learned to blend now 18 stills up from only 2 before they turned to continuous, more to open soon
no spitting in whisky tasting! must get ending with swallowing
can dilute however, only reason to swirl is to look fancy! no use...
1. glendalough single grain see photo, double barrel
2. powers gold label
malted and raw barley together
started because maltée barley was taxed more traditional
aged in bourbon barrels only
3.the Irishman power reserve
70 pc single malt
4. Tullamore 12 yo
youngest whisky in bottle is 12yo.
60pc single grain 20pc single malt
smoothness because sulfites lose burn over time.
Just next to the whiskey museum is the famous Peterson pipe shop, I cannot not go in, and after a good chat with the salespeople who give me a good discount I end up buying two pipes to add to my collection.
End the day with a walk around town looking at some typical architecture.