This past October, I happened to be in Dublin at the same time the city was hosting Whisky Live Dublin (as well as the Bram Stoker Festival, which included packs of roving vampires handing out penny dreadfuls). Over on Alcohol Professor, I write about Whisky Live Dublin but not Bram Stoker Fest, and about all the Irish whiskey that never makes it to American shores.
Held on October 24th in The Printworks, a modern conference center attached to the storied old Dublin Castle, Whisky Live Dublin was a chance to really dig into Irish whiskey in a way that isn’t possible even if you diligently follow the Irish Whiskey Trail. There are plenty of names familiar to American drinkers — Jamesons, Powers, Bushmills — but plenty more that aren’t. Quiet Man? Hyde? To say nothing of the many expressions from the big guns that might be well-known in Ireland but have not put in appearances stateside. Powers Three Swallows for example, or a 21-year-old single malt from Redbreast. It was a bit like being a kid in a candy store, or at least a Mr. Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe Store,