Sunday, July 31, 2011

Redbreast 15yr Old

Red Breast 15 yr old
Pure Pot Still 46% abv
Non chilled-filtered
€9 per 35.5ml measure

Pure Pot Still Whiskey is unique to Ireland, thanks to a tax placed on Malted Barley while under British rule. Because Irish Whiskey was so popular the world over, there were huge amounts being distilled and matured up and down the country in all of the hundreds of Irish Distilleries. Queen Victoria put a hefty Tax on Malted Barley which forced Distillers to use a portion of unmalted grain to save on tax. This was the birth of Pure Pot Still Whiskey.

Red Breast 15 yr old was released a couple of years ago with a price tag of over €120 per bottle, quite close to a similar price for Midleton Very Rare. But  Red Breast 15 yr old was actually rare, produced with new-found stock of whiskey, which was limited and giving Red Breast 15 yr old the air of rarity and collectability. With the reduced price due to the rumour of  a new batch, Red Breast 15 yr old can now be had for a lot less than before.Being unchill-filtered and at 46% abv also adds to its uniqueness Drink straight and enjoy.

Tasting Notes by Michael Jackson

Nose:  Clean, fresh. Hint of linseed. Nuts. Cake.

Palate:  By far the biggest of this selection. Assertive and complex, with lots of development and seemingly infinite dimension. Ginger cake, brazil nuts, treacle.

Finish:  Liquorice-like sherry notes.

Comment:  Delicious, soothing, contemplative. A great whiskey. Makes me want to get on a plane to Dublin immediately.

Score: 9 / 10

Friday, July 29, 2011

Whitewater Copperhead

It's been a while since I last had Whitewater Brewery Copperhead, and that was on cask in Belfast somewhere. I do remember a big hop hit, and some light fruits. At 3.7% abv, you wouldn't expect too much, but surprise surprise, it has flavours so big and round that you'll miss the low alcohol content.
Looks like I'll have to open one and refresh my memory.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sunburnt Irish Red

Like an Irishman on holiday in the Canarys, this beer has a red tint but with a chilled out mellow feel. A traditional Irish style with a twist. It has subtle caramel notes balanced with a hoppy aroma. Goes really well with roast beef, lamb or a traditional Irish stew, but beware: keep out of direct sunlight.
I think Cam& Scott (both anitpodeans) are taking the Míchael with the name, given our climate and all that. But the Jokes is on them, they live here now :)

Friday, July 15, 2011

All Ireland Craft Beerfest

Just out of pure lazyness on my part, I am offerong a link as opposed to typing a long spiel about this years First All Ireland Beerfest, which will run from the 23rd to 26th September at the RDS.Tickets will be on sale through ourselves soon. email us for more info


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Black Rock Stout

Dungarvan's Black Rock Stout makes a welcome return on cask today. 2 myths that need to be dealt with regarding stout

1 - you should not drink stout outside winter months. Wrong of course, there's nothing like a stout on a hot day to quench your thirst

2 - Nitro stout is the only stout. Again wrong, this time very wrong. Nitrogen is insoluble gas, meaning it has body and flavour when used in beer. Essentially it masks the flavours of the beer, meaning you miss all the good stuff.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Messrs Beer en Route

UPDATE;  17th july Messrs Bown Ale now on
UPDATE;  6th july   Messrs Pale Ale just tapped
UPDATE;  6th july   Messrs Cask Mixed Berry Weiss just tapped
Hope fully later today we will recieve our first ever delivery of Messrs beer, to include Bock, Lager and Red Ale as wellas a Cask of Mixed Berry Weiss. Stay tuned for further info

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Win a Jeroboam of Duvel

With every bottle of Duvel purchased you can enter into a draw for 3 of these bottles.
offer also applies to off sales
closing date 14th July 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011