Old advertising from Walkers Distillery from Limerick
My today’s pick advertising from Walkers Distillery from Limerick. The Distillery was opened in 1879 located at Thomondgate on the banks of the River Shannon, close to the Limerick Castle and it sadly closed in 1905. The distillery did have a small local trade but most of the whiskey appears to have been exported to England.
Irish Whiskey Museum Espresso Martini - Cocktail recipe
The cocktail recipe come today from Irish Whiskey Museum serve in the Coffee shop in the Museum. You can enjoy before or after the Tour. The coffee shop is open for everyone and offered whiskey tasting, the big selection of whiskey and cocktail. Today's pick is the Irish Whiskey Museum Espresso Martini:
- 60 ml Cold brew coffee
- 35 ml Kahlúa
- 25 ml Powers Gold
- 15 ml Salted Caramel Syrup
Women in the whiskey business in Ireland
It can seem hard to believe, that women played a role in the fame of Irish whiskey, but don’t be so shocked; as the saying goes: behind everything good there is a woman. On a day like International Women's Day, it makes even more sense for the woman's role in Irish whiskey innovation to be mentioned. One such notable woman was Ellen Jane Corrigan whose husband was James McColgan the founder of Bushmills Distillery in 1860. After the event of his death, his wife took over the business, as it was left to her in his will. In this time, it was uncommon for a woman to work, let alone be a managing director of a whisky distillery. With her knack for good business ideas, she introduced electricity to the distillery and brought Irish whiskey to the international stage and the Distillery soon grew. One of her key ideas, attributing to the fame of Bushmills and Irish whiskey, was her purchasing of a steamship to deliver the product to the states. She was also a key figure who fight in the courts for a law cementing the Irish whiskey purity.
Today there are several women in the whiskey business in Ireland.
Louise McGuane, the founder from Chapel Gate Whiskey. She is a Drinks Industry Veteran, but a Farmer's Daughter at Heart. This way it was obvious that she is resurrecting the Lost Art of Irish Whiskey Bonding, on the family farm in County Clare. Ellen Jane was fighting for the Irish whiskey purity. Louise is fighting for clarity. Now you can see on the bottle label, the age of the youngest whiskey in your bottle, but it is not allowed that all the components from your blend are disclosure. This is the opposite of other products like chocolate or cornflakes. When we see what the mix of spirits in your bottle is, this will better explain why this special brand is more expensive than the other of one.
Bushmills Distillery once again has women in front. This time it is Helen Mulholland, that after celebrating 25th year at Bushmills, she is the first female master blender in Ireland. Ellen Jane’s business skills help Bushmills to survive the bad times. Now Helen shapes the future of the distillery and Irish Whiskey. Helen was, in 2019, the first woman to ever be inducted into the Whiskey Hall of Fame. Congratulation.
Fiona Boyd-Armstrong is the only women Co-Founder of a Distillery. She found and manages Rademon Estate Distillery, Downpatrick, County Down. 20 years ago, as Ireland hat been forgotten as the Whiskey Mecca, she had the idea to open a Gin Distillery. This was because she like gin and she found, like me, the distilling process and the Irish distilling history fascinating. She needed to put the idea on hold, as who would support young women with big ideas? Years later with the support of her husband and family, she opened her Gin Distillery. In the last 5 years, they start to produce Spirits for whiskey which is matured in their own warehouse.
Nicola McDonnell is the General Manager of the Irish Whiskey Museum. Work at the Museum means that she is not directly involute in whiskey production. Certainly, her work provides the connoisseur and tourist with the possibility to learn more about Irish whiskey history and whiskey-making process. At the end of the tour, after having learnt about Irish whiskey, the wonderful the possibility exist to test the whiskey and so she ensures that every day, more and more people are falling in love with Irish Whiskey
This way I think than, on the International Women Day, I propose a toast with a glass of the good drink to the great woman in the past, now and future.
International Irish Whiskey Day - 3rd March
We celebrate the International Irish Whiskey Day on March 3rd. I imagen you ask why 3rd of March? The number 3 is very important for Irish whiskey. The first 3 have to do with distilling. In Ireland, the typical distilling the whiskey 3 times. This makes the whiskey more smooth and mellow. The Irish say they do this to be sure, to be sure and to be sure. The second 3 have to do with maturation. The Irish whiskey needs to be producing, maturate in Ireland, for minimum 3 years and 1 day to be cold Irish whiskey. The third 3 is linked to the three styles of Irish Whiskey, Single Grain, Single Malt and Single Pot Still.
The HashTag #IrishWhiskeyDay on the tasting on Social Media, you a global Irish Whiskey Tasting events. Normally they go from the 3rd March until St Patrick’s day on 17 March. Also, no matter where you are based, I’m very sure you have a similar tasting event close by.
Old Sign from Cowan's Whiskey Limited
In the past, distilleries produced advertising material with their distillery, brand and drinks names on mirrors, signs, etc. These were given out to pubs who sold their products. Some of these advertisements still adorn the walls of pubs to this day. They have survived the ups and downs of the whiskey industry and are a nostalgic reminder of the old good times and the often forgotten brands and distilleries of old.
Today’s pick is a lovely old sign from Cowan's Whiskey Limited, Church Lane, Belfast. The licence to distil dates to 1829.
Today recipe for Murphy's Law
Today Cocktails recipe recommendation comes for Murphy's Law from The Oyster Tavern in Cork:
- Jameson Black Barrel,
- Lime Juice,
- Angostura Bitters,
- Fresh Ginger Syrup,
- Murphy's Head.