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We can all agree March 17 is a lovely day for a Guinness.
But if you're feeling the Irish spirit a bit more strongly like Jason Henry, general manager of The Second Floor in Dallas, Texas, you might have better luck with a wee bit of whiskey.
Five Reasons Why You Should Be Drinking Irish Whiskey on St. Patrick’s Day: Jason Henry
1. There’s never an excuse to drink green anything
Companies like Jameson lead the pack as the fastest growing producer of Irish whiskey in the world with nearly 32 million bottles sold annually. The Irish, as opposed to their Scottish counterparts, produce less 'uisce beatha' or 'water of life' (the Gaelic term for whiskey) but create a more ‘sippable’ and less fussy whiskey than the Scottish are accustomed to."
2. Divine intervention
Grab a fellow lad’s copy of Oscar Wilde’s 'The Importance of Being Earnest,' and slowly pour a Midleton Very Rare to celebrate the time-honored tradition of St. Patrick’s Day with class. Then get back to your 40 days of Lent on March 18!"
3. Quality over quantity
Irish predominately use a closed kiln with low temperatures that allow the barley to dry without needing the influence of smoke and heat to dry out the grain which take on the phenol, ethanol and charcoal characters that are so heavily present in the Islay and Island regions of Scotland.
With exceptional water supply and use of rare copper stills so prevalent and unique to Ireland, the process lends it flavor profile to a more refined, sweeter and softer potion that is copied in the 'blended' style of Scotch."
4. Good whiskey doesn't always have to be pricey
This is due to the fact that Irish whiskey needs less time in oak to develop into liquid gold than the single malt scotches. Eight to ten years is an average hold on the dram, while scotch needs at least 12 painstaking years of waiting to mature into a refined and drinkable spirit. Go to your local dram and bottle shop and find a great Irish whiskey for under $45."
5. Stay classy
Cask strength varieties (no water added after distilling) that have nearly 20 to 30% more alcohol to volume often need a few “rocks” to get them palatable and at a level more likable for the average imbiber.
I recommend also serving Irish whiskey flights with a side of coffee/espresso beans to accompany the liquid, in order to help drinkers move from sample to sample without the lingering hint of scent from a previously sipped whiskey. This helps the olfactory senses focus on something else for a brief moment before taking another sip of a different type of whiskey."
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