Here's a list of the spirits-related events coming up in Ireland that I know about.
Wednesday, 24th October
Tullamore Dew Tasting
O'Neill's, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2
For more information contact O'Neill's Bar on (01) 679 3656.
Thursday, 25th October
My Heart's in the Highlands
Brooks Hotel, Drury Street, Dublin 2
This month's Irish Whiskey Society tasting. Open to members (€15) and non-members (€25). Booking in advance.
Saturday, 27th October
Beer, Cheese & Whiskey
L. Mulligan. Grocer., 8 Stoneybatter, Dublin 7
In association with Bord Bia, L. Mulligan. Grocer. presents three of Ireland's great products: farmhouse cheese, Irish whiskey and craft beers. Does the Carrowhilly Gouda prefer to snuggle up to a Belfast Blonde or a Jameson Crested Ten, will the Fivemiletown Goat's cheese prefer a Redbreast or a Red Ale? Join the Mulligan's team and find out! Contact table[AT]lmulligangrocer.com for more information.
Japanese Whiskey Workshop
The Bernard Shaw, 12 Richmond Street South, Dublin 8
A small taste 'n' talk on Japanese whiskey will take place in the Bernard Shaw pub as part of the Beatyard Festival. Taking you from 1917 when a Japanese chemistry student working in a Glaswegian distillery brought the secrets of the Hazelburn distillery back East and created a new chapter in whiskey. You will be tasting three highly rated Japanese whiskeys: Nikka, Yamazaki 12 year old (Japan's No.1 whiskey) and Yoichi. There will also be free Sushi. Details.
Sunday, 28th October
Longueville House Harvest Lunch & Cider Making Tour
Longueville House, Mallow, Co Cork
With the guidance of Dan Duggan, Longueville's head brandy distiller and cider brewer, you can discover the pleasure of this exciting process at Longueville House where it is all made. Afterwards Chef/Proprietor William O'Callaghan and his team will prepare a special meal which includes the best available from the Walled Garden and Estate including a free range "Pig on Spit" and Longueville House Cider. Details
Whisky For Dafties
W. J. Kavanagh's, 4 Lower Dorset Street, Dublin 1
Fresh from a sell out show at the Edinburgh & Adelaide Fringe, Alan Anderson brings his whisky-based comedy to W. J. Kavanagh's on the Sunday evening of the bank holiday weekend for a whisky-soaked evening of comedy, which includes several drams. Booking in advance (€15).
Monday, 29th October
Around the World with Jim Beam
The Palace Bar, Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
From America to Scotland via Canada and Ireland, join Beam Global Brand Ambassador John Cashman as he guides you through the Jim Beam portfolio of whiskeys. To book, call The Palace Bar at (01) 671 7388.
Tuesday, 30th October
Launch of Irish Whiskey Society Bottling
Old Jameson Distillery, Bow Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Launch of the Irish Whiskey Society's new single cask bottling from the Midleton Distillery.
Members Only. Booking in advance.
Writers Tears Tasting
Bowes Bar, 31 Fleet Street, Dublin 2
Shane Fitzharris from The Irishman & Writers Tears will introduce some of their unique bottlings (including, I believe, the new Writers Tears Cask Strength release).
Wednesday, 31st October
Ian Buxton Tasting & Signing
W. J. Kavanagh’s, 4 Lower Dorset Street, Dublin 1
Ian Buxton, awarding winning whisky author returns to Dublin to launch his latest work "101 World Whiskies to try Before You Die". On the evening Ian will talk us through (while tasting!) some of the Irish entries to his book as well as whisky from Holland, India and Finland. If you don’t already have a copy of this little gem of a book, they will be on sale at the event at a discount rate and Ian will be on hand to sign it for you. Booking in advance (€15).
Thursday, 8th November
Christmas Spirits Tasting
Against the Grain, 11 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
A tasting of some of the Celtic Whiskey Shop's range of festive spirits. To include Armagnac Delord, Cognac Park, Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum, Dictador Rum, Nardini Grappa and more. €25, tickets from the shop.