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Friday, March 20, 2009

The Irish Whiskey Tasting Championships

This is what Mammy Skinner raised me for, I have no doubt.

Last night I achieved a podium finish in the Irish Whiskey Tasting Championships!

I came third, and won a nice bottle of Connemara Cask Strength which I suspect will get polished off by my better half.

This marks a modest but notable improvement on my respectable joint fourth finish in the Australian Malt Whisky Tasting Championship last Summer.

Fair play to the lads at the Celtic Whiskey Shop for organising the event.

Hopefully one day the nascent Irish Whiskey Society will take over the reins of running the tasting competition, though.

There were some very interesting drams included in the tasting last night, which meant that everyone had a chance to taste something new to them.

I was especially pleased to try the now legendary Red Breast 15 year old again, and the sherried Connemara single cask.

Needless to say, my head hurts this morning!


Peter Slattery said...

Congratulations! I'm sure you would have had plenty to talk about with my old man, a whiskey connoisseur himself. Something I've yet to develop a taste for myself. But the 36 bottles of Johnny Walker Black and Blue he left should help me on my way!

JC Skinner said...

Slainte, Peter!
If you must drink Scotch blends, you could do a lot worse than JWB.
A lot of very fine Scottish single malts go into those bad boys.
Myself, I'm more of an Irish man. Pure pot still especially.

David said...

I'm impressed! Let's see if we can get you a slice of the Olympic budget to go the last few steps. High-altitude training and all that.

Rua said...

As an amateur whiskey man I must tell you that I now have more respect for you than could ever be attained with 'intelligeant conversation' or 'socio-political awareness'.

Meas mór,

JC Skinner said...

I tend to find that conversation becomes more intelligent and awareness is more acute after a few nice drams, Rua!