“James Griffin Whiskey Club” 

Whiskey – an intro:

Some Historians claim that 19th Century Irish ( and many American) distillers added the “e” to “Whisky” to distinguish them from the sub-standard Scotch Whisky that was flooding the market at the time. Irish Whiskey is whiskey made on the island of Ireland. The word “Whiskey” is an Anglicisation of Uisce Beatha or Uisge Beatha, a phrase from Goidelic branch of languages meaning “water of life”. Whiskey can only be called “Whiskey” if it is aged in wooden casks for at least 3 years.

As the leading whiskey pub in the Boyne Valley region we are the first pub to setup our very own Whiskey Club in Ireland, “James Griffin Whiskey Club” leads the way in the very exciting times we find ourselves with all the fantastic new distilleries coming on board, our aim will be to introduce these to you and re-introduce the many favourites we all have.

Each Wednesday we will showcase a different whiskey as part of our weekly Whiskey Wednesday slot.

First Up, Slane Whiskey 

Slane Whiskey, new to the market in it’s current form, Slane Whiskey is under the stewardship of Brown-Forman and Henry & Alex Conyngham.

The whiskey is a blend of the highest quality grain and malt Irish Whiskeys, the ageing process involves resting the grain and malt whiskies between 3 different cask types: virgin oak, seasoned Oak and Oloroso Sherry.  The casks are then blended to create an exceptionally complex, smooth Irish Whiskey.

Slane Whiskey is one of the smoothest whiskies we have tried here at James Griffin Pub and we recommend this to be served straight up or try it in the “Slane Rocks” format ( Slane on the Rocks ).  Don’t be afraid to mix this whiskey with your choice of mixer as it is very versatile and will work around your taste buds.  For us though, it’s straight up!

The Tasting Notes

Color – A warm, golden topaz, hues of rich toffee

Nose – Fresh & Sweet with drizzles of caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, brown spice & tossed oak

Taste – Spicy at first but then quickly sweetens with rich caramel, vanilla, and butterscotch atop a deep layer of dried fruit

Finish – Lingering hints of dry fruit and caramelised sugar

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