OK, I'm going to stop pretending that these Whiskey Miscellany posts are "Weekly". I just do them whenever I have collected a few small news items that don't merit individual posts.
Going for an English
I only cover Irish whiskey but the imminent arrival of an English variety is surely worth a mention. Why boutique distilleries like this haven't appeared in Ireland is a mystery.
The History Channel in the US is going to show an episode of Modern Marvels devoted to whiskey on St Patrick's Day. This will include a look at the Midleton Distillery in Cork.
The UK is sobering up after Budget Day saw a 6% increase in excise duty on spirits. That's bad enough but the government has committed to raising it in each of the next four years too by 2% above the rate of inflation.