Whiskeys galore!

by Staff Reporter

The Round Room in The Mansion House was the setting for this year’s Whiskey Live show on October 24.
The event brings together whiskeys from around the world with some food tastings from a couple of Dublin restaurants.
Etto and Koh matched some savoury and sweet fare with the appropriate whiskeys and I was given a lesson in how whiskey can actually complement food.
The Round Room was abuzz with whiskey enthusiast, with hundreds of bottles on display.
If you were so inclined you could have left the building on a stretcher but it seemed that everyone was being well behaved and drinking sensibly!
I began by sampling Koh’s stickyrice with mango which was matched with Alltech’s Pearse Lyon Reserve, a wicked combo. This whiskey is distilled in dual copper pot stills from Scotland for a smooth taste.
Next up was their sticky pork wrapped in Beatle leaves matched with Connemara single malt. This was a taste explosion and left a truly spicy taste on the palate.
Next I tried one of Etto’s dishes, a devilled egg with nduja and rye matched with a Celtic Cask naoi peated and finished in Madeira barrels. This whiskey is 13 years old and only 311 bottles were produced.
Finally, I saved the best pairing for last. This was a chocolate pot with fino marinated raisins and honeycomb complemented by Dubliner Liqueur whiskey with white chocolate liqueur.
There were many other whiskeys on offer including Irish, Scottish, American and Japanese.
Whiskey master classes ran throughout the day and a number of the new Irish distillers were there talking about their plans for the future and sampling their poitins and gins.
Organiser Ally Alpine of the Celtic Whiskey Shop said: “This is the fourth year of Whiskey Live Dublin, an event that has grown in popularity year on year.
“All whiskeyphiles are welcome to sample popular and unusual whiskeys as well as some lovely pairings of whiskeys and gourmet dishes.
“The weekend coincides with the Irish Whiskey Awards, which take place earlier during the week, so many award winners, and gold medal winners will be in attendance at the event.
“Every year there are new whiskeys to discover as the industry is really exploding in Ireland.”
Meanwhile Muldoon Irish Whiskey Liqueur won a gold medal at the 2014 Irish Whiskey Awards held at the Kilbeggan Distillery on Thursday, October 24.
The awards are judged in a strictly vetted blind taste test by members of the prestigious Irish Whiskey Society and Celtic Whiskey Club. Muldoon Irish Whiskey Liqueur has only been available since December 2013.

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