George Bernard Shaw, the famous Dublin playwright
When our famous Nancy Hands was working in Dublin, at the peak of the late 18th century, there were over 100 whiskeys making operations in Ireland which supplied both the local and international market. Between 1850 and 1915, Irish whiskey was the king of the world!
So what’s the difference?
‘Whiskey’ is produced in Ireland while ‘Scotch Whisky’ is produced in Scotland and ‘Bourbon Whisky’ in the United States.
What makes a good Irish whiskey?
Irish whiskey is one of the oldest drinks in Ireland can be traced back to Irish monasteries in the 12th century AD. It is part of Irish culture and heritage and something which we should be very proud of! The earliest reference to whiskey in Ireland dates back to the 1400s, the word ‘whiskey’ originated from the Gallic word ‘uisce beatha’ meaning the water of life but the Normans who had conquered Ireland by that stage were unable to pronounce the word uisce so it gradually evolved into the word ‘whiskey’ as it’s known today.
With the shift of image from whiskey being an ‘old man’s drink’ to a newer audience, there has been a renaissance in the popularity of Irish whiskey in recent years.
Here at Nancy Hands we pride ourselves with the variety of whiskeys, both Irish and Scotch for you to sample. We have an excellent Irish Whiskey Demonstration class where one of our whiskey experts give you insights into the most popular and well-known brands available in Nancy Hands. And of course what would a demonstration be without the opportunity to taste and sample some of the whiskies! It is surely a brilliant opportunity and a way to learn about one of the most beloved drinks in Ireland!!
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