Culture, Food & Wine, Ireland, UK

Jocktails – Whisky Sour

The IrishWhiskey360° initiative which aims to make this country the world’s No.1 tourist destination for our favourite drink has got me thinking…

And drinking.

Now there are those for whom putting anything in their whisky is anathema (and that’s not a brand).

My esteemed Travel colleague and fellow Scottishy fellow Tom Sweeney www.tomsweeneytrabels.blogspot.com said he was apoplectic at a particular cultural difference when he lived in Spain.

A touch of Irish

That they took coke in their J&B. Which they still do, particularly as a gateway drink for youngsters.

As they reminded us in Tenerife recently while introducing us to something new Jocktails – Tenerife coffee liqueurs.

Whisky purists will say only take a drop of water in your whisky to release the whisky.

Which I do. But I’ve grown fond too of making, shaking and partaking of whisky cocktails too.

And when it comes to whisky I’m an internationalist.

The English are coming

I’ve seen English whisky sold at the top of The Royal Mile in Edinburgh, and Japanese whisky,

I’ve drunk Swiss whisky at the top of the Alps.

And developed a taste for Bourbon thanks to my cousin Kath’s Kentucky husband Mark.

A story here about how whisky is for us all… and we should never assume. It makes an ass of U and ME.

Or him.

Smokin’ Laphroaig

I got into conversation with a charming ThirtySomething single lady at a wedding.

Don’t worry, the Scary One was at the same table.

Whisky woman

I asked her where she had been on holiday and when she told me ‘Islay’ it transpired she was a whisky taster.

And she proceeded to tell me of a cold wintry night (always the best stories) when she ventured into a spit and sawdust Edinburgh pub.

The narrow-minded barman suggested to her that whisky was rather strong for a lassie and asked if she might want something a little sweeter,

We get few open goals in life.

Coupe class: The Sour. www.jamesonwhiskey.com

But my new friend relayed how she went across the whole top row of whiskies and gave him tasting notes for each of them.

I guess you could have caught flies in his open mouth.

And check out this website for all things Irish whiskey… www.IrishWhiskey360.ie, www.tourismireland.ie and www.visitscotland.com.

And now for a Whiskey Sour

  • You’ll need two parts of bourbon
  • 1 part of lemon juice
  • ½ part of sugar syrup
  • ½ part of egg white
  • Cubed ice
  • Garnish with a cherry and orange slice

  1. Put ice and the ingredients into a shaker and shake for 20 seconds to chill.
  2. Strain into a glass of ice and garnish with the cherry and orange.

Further reading

And for some whisky-related trips here’s the home of whisky… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/brexit-aberdeen-a-light-in-the-north/

And drinking some whisky on the rocks… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/swhisskey/

With your regular Thursday offering Hungry and Thursday… whiskies around the world which the sharp-eyed among you will have noticed…

I brought you a day early yesterday. I’m blaming too much lockdown and too much Laphroaig.

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Whiskey – it’s Irish for whisky

It’s a Scottish thing… to say ‘without the e’. Why? Because the Scots are too tight to give you the extra ‘e’.

No, that’s just my little joke, to get my retaliation in first.

We are of course nothing like this stereotype and are in fact very charitable.

And liable to go off on a tangent. So back to whiskey… and the launch of IrishWhiskey360°.

Me as a younger man.. I wish. Photo by Mehrad Vosoughi

It’s the new brand and home of Irish whiskey tourism although of course Irish whiskey has been around for ever.

It’s the water of life, uisce beatha, after all while Bushmills Distilleryhttp://www.bushmills.com in Antrim is the oldest in the world.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD (centre), with PaulKelly (left), CEO of Fáilte Ireland, and David Stapleton, Chairman of Drinks Ireland | Irish Whiskey

There are 17 Irish whiskey distillery visitors centres or brand homes operated by Drinks Ireland/Irish Whiskey Association.

Ireland is aiming to become the number one destination in the world for whiskey tourism.

You can have that… and Scotland will be the top whisky destination.

A milllion welcomes

Last year there were 923,000 visitors to this island of Ireland.

And with the figures for this year set to go through the million mark that seems a very good reason to have a festival.

If any is needed.

Some take it with ice. Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels.com

The Festival of Irish Whiskey, supported by Failte Ireland as part of Taste the Island, will take place between Thursday, October 10 and Sunday, 13.

There will be 30 events and promotions in distilleries, brand homes and visitor centres across thew country.

The events will range across free and discounted tours, open days, whiskey tastings and food pairings to meet the distillers and more.

Roll out the barrel

Now I’ve been on more distillery tours than I’ve had orange malted drinks (well, not really, but I’ve been to a lot).

And the best bit of them is not how it’s mashed but how we get smashed.

Of course I don’t mean that (drink responsibly everyone) but it’s the sample we get at the end of the tour that makes all the learning more palatable.

Plenty of ice here: In an Ice Bar

Visit http://www.IrishWhiskey360.ie. http://www.failteireland.ie,

Now all the distilleries are worthy of a mention and I’m ticking them off as I go.

But for here I’ll just flag up my local distillery, Powerscourt, and Slane. http://www.powerscourtdistillery.com http://www.slaneirishwhiskey.com.

No, I don’t miss much about my old work but one guy who was a diamond is Stephen.

Now Stephen is a whizz on IT and I was his best customer.

Now this is Swhisskey

But he is even better on whiskey. And I was delighted to be able to invite him down to Slane as my Plus One.

Now that I think about it, Stephen, my screen is doing funny things here…

Drams are made of this

Here’s some whisk(e)y adventures… at least the ones I remember. https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/brexit-aberdeen-a-light-in-the-north/

And https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/swhisskey/

And look out every Thursday for my food and drinks column. https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/09/05/hungry-and-thursday-wrinkly-potatoes/.

Also my cocktail column https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/09/05/jocktails-tenerife-coffee-liqueurs/

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