The history of Irish whiskey is as old as
the history of whisky itself. The art of distilling is
believed to have been brought to Europe through Irish
missionary monks. The knowledge of distilling spread
through the Church and eventually reached beyond the
Ireland was overtaken by Scotland long ago as the
world’s largest whisky producing region, but there are
still three active distilleries on Ireland. The Irish
whisky is less smoky than most Scottish whisky since the
Irish generally do not smoke their barley. Additionally,
the Irish practice triple distillation which further
reduces the medicinal qualities of the whisky.
Some Differences Between Irish Whiskey
and Scotch Whisky.
Not all barley used in Irish whisky is malted. Together
with the fact that Irish malt generally is dried without
the use of peat or any other smoke, Irish whiskey allows
more of the natural flavours of the barley to rise to
the front than Scotch whisky. Because it is triple
distilled, Irish whiskey also has a softer, more rounded
flavour than its Scottish counterpart. The Irish pot
stills are larger than Scottish stills. The Irish tend
to put more emphasis on the process and the casks than
Scottish distillers who emphasise the skills of the
Current Irish Whiskey
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whiskey distillery, founded in 1608.
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