The Journey Begins


I’m just a young man, who loves a wee dram! A whisk(e)y lover who is friendly towards most spirits… except Casper, he’s obnoxious!

I’ve been on a “whiskey journey” for a few years now (oh the cliché!) and just want to shove my opinion in all of your faces!! But seriously, I’ve worked in the industry a good few years and I just love whisky.. and everything that goes with it. I’m here on this beautiful bandwagon to share my thoughts and views, hopefully I can entertain for at least 5 minutes.

My opinion is my own… thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

(Good old WordPress making me look smart with this pre-loaded quote.. thanks WordPress x)




JULY 31st, 2020:  Proclamation Blended Irish Whiskey, a new Irish whiskey blend created from the finest Irish grain and malt whiskeys, has launched in Ireland.  Triple distilled and aged in new American Oak, Proclamation Blended Irish Whiskey is a singularly smooth whiskey of complex character with a refined, clean taste.  Matured in bourbon casks, the blend includes a touch of sherry finished malt to give a rounded, toasted finish.

The idea for Proclamation Blended Irish Whiskey was originally conceived to honour the history of and the people behind the birth of the 1916 Proclamation.  “We wanted to celebrate Ireland’s independent spirit through a quality Irish whiskey, one that also tells the story of some of the unsung heroes of this time.  Proclamation Blended Irish Whiskey pays tribute to the three printers of the Proclamation, William O’Brien, Michael Molloy and Christopher Joseph Brady and acknowledges the important role they played during a hugely significant time in Irish history,” says historian, author, and publisher Mícheál Ó Doibhilín.  The design reflects the physical attributes of the original document.  As the printers had insufficient type to print it all at once it had to be printed in two parts. The label includes blind embossing, while fonts were specially redrawn to emulate those of the Proclamation, such as the spurious ‘e’ that features in the original document.  

Proclamation Blended Irish Whiskey has been handcrafted for distinctive character and complexity, matured to perfection in expertly selected casks for depth of flavour.  Tasting notes reveal an abundance of fruit and creaminess with a mellow finish:

Speaking about the launch, Managing Director Stephen Cope said “We have worked with our team of spirits experts, some of Ireland and the world’s leading technical specialists, craftspeople and spirits professionals.  From the concept, historical reference and labelling through to the blending and creation of the finished liquid, this whiskey has been expertly crafted through collaboration.  This is a beautifully presented whiskey, an original Irish blend of singular taste and exceptional quality, one we are proud to bring to market.”  


NOSE:  First to be revealed is ripe Williams pear, followed by an abundance of apricot and crème brulée notes.  Slowly developing through to rich custard, freshly brewed cappuccino and ending with woody notes.

PALATE: Front loaded notes of toasted brioche, freshly baked pastry and overtones of macerated yellow fruits.  Fusions of tannins on the mid-palate with a robust yet rounded finish.

FINISH: Overwhelmingly smooth and creamy with a mellow finish, with hints of toasted cereal.

Available from the end of July, Proclamation Blended Irish Whiskey is initially available in a bespoke, fully recyclable tube that has been specially developed for the launch and includes an illustration of the then Sackville Street (O’Connell Street).  Available in selected SuperValu stores nationwide and leading online retailers, including The Celtic Whiskey Shop, and, retailing at €34 RRP.  For further information, visit

Whiskey with a guarantee.. would anyone do it now though!?

“Everyday is a school day”..I stumbled upon an old advertisement for Paddy recently, it came with the slogan “The Whisky with a £1,000 guarantee”. This is not something I had seen before, so I went digging around the ol’ web.

I found a cool article on which tells the story of Paddy, and where this guarantee came from. Basically, in the 1920’s, Paddy was a 10 year old Pot Still.. the guarantee claimed to offer £1,000 to anyone who could prove that genuine Paddy on sale was anything less than the 10 years old stated on the bottle. Check out the full article on the link to Irish Whiskey Trail above, it’s a fascinating read!

It got me thinking though, obviously age statement whiskey has laws around it, but I’m looking at a broader angle.. would companies be brave enough to attach guarantees, of any kind like that, to their whiskies now? Or would such a crass move even be accepted in the modern day whiskey enthusiasts heart?

In an age where transparency is a huge issue with whiskey enthusiasts, maybe it could do no harm for a few companies to start doing something of the same nature!!