Artisan Spirit: Fall 2021

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with more coming on-line every month. Today the vast majority of Irish whiskey is mostly made up of light, easy drinking whiskies that are a blend of pot still and grain. There are also a growing number of double-distilled single malt whiskies produced in Ireland with new entries into that category coming. Waterford is a great example. Due to Ireland’s rapid growth in the distilling industry, distillers from other countries, most notably Scotland and the United States, are finding their way to Ireland to fill the growing demand for trained and skilled distillers. These distillers are both bringing back styles of distilling and production techniques that were historically used in Ireland, but aren’t typical of what has been used in the last 100 years. This means that more Irish products are coming to market that are heavier, more complex whiskies harkening back to those produced in the late 1800s and early 1900s. While brands like Jameson will still dominate the category, the breadth and variety of Irish whiskies will continue to increase in the next decade. On the Scottish side, what we now consider as traditional Scottish blends and single malts will continue to hold significant market share, but there is also an increasing number of smaller distilleries looking to produce multigrain whiskies, such as Arbikie’s Highland Rye. Elsewhere in the UK more new single malts and multi-grain whiskies are being produced, though the bulk of those, as in Scotland, are lautered (as opposed to being distilled on-grain). Around the world distilleries are taking note of these “traditional” Irish production techniques and producing whiskies that either follow the current Irish technical file for pot still or follow older, traditional pot still mash bills and production techniques. Some of these are also triple distilled. An excellent example is Colorado’s Talnua If you are interested in Distillery, which is learning more about making an American Irish whiskey’s history, single pot still whisa good place to start is key following the Irish Fionnan O’Conner’s technical file. book A Glass Apart. Sláinte! Stephen Gould is the Founder and Master Distiller of Golden Moon Distillery in Golden, Colorado. “As a working master distiller with three decades of experience, I have trained among other places, in Scotland. I run my own distillery in Golden, Colorado, and for the last several years have worked part time in Ireland as a consulting master distiller. My Colorado distillery also prototypes whiskies for folks in Ireland and elsewhere.”