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When looking at the history of whiskey in Ireland, you cannot deny the importance of independent bonders and bottlers to the global popularity of our native drink. Publicans spread the popularity of our spirit through their own casks behind the bar and bottles on the shelves, making whiskey accessible by the glass. Wine merchants bonded their own whiskeys in spent wine barrels and brought them to consumers all over the world. Merchants like Gilbey’s and Kinahan’s had a large hand in creating Irish whiskey’s stellar international reputation. They held their brands of Irish whiskey in the highest regard and sold them on par with the likes of fine brandies and cognacs. They spread this reputation throughout the British Empire and its colonies, helping to make Irish whiskey the most popular style of whiskey the world over.
Today, as Irish whiskey is booming once more, the importance of independent bottlers cannot be overlooked. Much like the independent bottlers of the early 20th century, the bottlers today bring new imagination and creativity to the category. These bottlers are creating some of Ireland’s highest quality product and are certainly doing their part to make Irish whiskey one of the most popular styles of whiskey once more.
So this month we are shining the spotlight on established independent bottlers from Ireland who have been flying the flag for Irish whiskey both at home and abroad. Four of Ireland’s top independent bottlers will join us on the 25th of August to showcase their future projects and extremely exciting new releases! This is an fantastic opportunity to meet the people behind these brands and be some of the first people in the world to try their new releases!
Doors open at 7:30 pm, Tasting begins at 8pm.