The Whisky Tasting Club

I hope Irish eyes are smiling

Happy St Patrick’s Day to my Irish friends – I hope you celebrate in style with a few glasses of something special. And boy, are there some special Irish whiskeys out there right now.

I have long been a champion of quality Irish whiskey and have covered the sector extensively and I am proud of my close association with the country’s fines whiskey makers.

And if you are reading this in North America I am delighted to announce on St Patrick’s Day that I will be presenting masterclasses on the rise and rise of Irish whiskey in recent years in both Toronto and New York this year.

I will be at the Spirit of Toronto festival in May presenting a pre-show Masterclass with five Irish whiskeys and I’ll be looking at just why Ireland has got back on track with such dramatic fashion.

Afterwards I will be hosting a stand of world whisky covering everywhere from Australia and Taiwan to Sweden and France. It is my first visit to toronto and am proud and honoured to be going, especially given the growing swell of quality and exciting Canadian whiskies and the resurgence of whisky generally in Canada, much of it prompted no doubt by the great work of Davin de Kergommeaux, who I hope to meet. I’m really looking forward to making new Canadian friends and learning more about Canada’s whisky.

Then in October I’ll be at Whiskyfest New York with an amazing line up of world whisky writers and whisky makers for the most ambitious whisky show ever staged. The likes of Johnny McCormick, Dave Broom and Gavin Smith will be hoisting panels of experts to debate the major whisky issues of the day.

I’ll be hosing a panel which will include all the major Irish whiskey makers, and I’m excited at the prospect of joining the cream of the Irish whiskey industry to talk about Irish whiskey and answer questions.

See you soon – time for a Jamesons do you think?


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