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Scotland and America each make more whisky — and whiskey — than any other country in the world. (The spellings of these malt and grain aqua vitae vary according to each country’s culture.) And yet top quality whiskies and whiskeys of rich and distinctive pedigrees, varieties and styles are also made in the countries of Ireland, Japan, Canada and Korea. If you love what Gaelic refers to as “the water of life,” we’d like to invite you to a tasting where we’ll discover and explore what’s traditional and time-honored, as well as what’s new and exciting — the whiskeys of Ireland and the whiskies of Japan, Canada and Korea.
The Irish may have begun making whiskey before the Scots. The first recorded document of whiskey production is from The Irish Annals of Clonmacnoise of 1405. (Among other details, the chronicle notes the death of a chieftain after “taking a surfeit of ‘the water of life.’”) The kinds of stills, grains and barrels the Irish use to make whiskey yield a vast and pleasing range of smooth, soft and mellow styles.
Across the Atlantic Ocean and 500 years later, in the wake of American prohibition, a significant though clandestine market was established for Canadian whisky. Ever since then, Canadian whisky has developed a style all its own — a style owing to distinctive distilling methods, along with the addition — sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious — of rye.
By far and away, the most exciting new whiskies in the world are those being made in Japan and Korea. Less than a century old, Japanese and Korean whiskies have developed a variety of styles that have won acclaim across the globe. From light and precise to smoky and fat, these malts and blends offer a heady spectrum of all of the properties whisky can have.
From the deep, rich history of Irish whiskeys to the brave, new world of whiskies from Japan, come along with us and taste, drink and immerse yourself in these wonderful elixirs of life.
Kilbeggan Irish $35.99
Green Spot Irish $69.99
Nikka Coffey Grain Japanese $66.99
Hibiki Harmony Japanese $85.99
Amrut Indian Single Malt $59.99
Three Fingers High 12 year Canadian $33.99
Wisers 18 year Canadian $69.99
Westland American Whiskey $74.99
Kavalan Sherry Cask Single Malt Taiwanese $149.99
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