Sadly, Oliver Hughes passed away suddenly this weekend.
|Oliver Hughes, at the opening of Dingle Distillery|
Spirits drinkers like myself are grateful for the Dingle Whiskey Distillery, the first of the new crop of distilleries to release a whiskey, Dingle Cask No. 2 (three years old, last December). Then there's Dingle Gin, the first of the new wave of Irish distilled gins. And Dingle Vodka.
Oliver's Dingle Whiskey Bar in Dublin is a home-from-home for the whiskey fan and venue for weekly whiskey classes with A Glass Apart author, Fionnán O'Connor.
For a slightly younger, trendier set, perhaps, there are the Dance & Distil sessions every weekend at Lillie's Bordello, where patrons can watch gins and flavoured vodkas distilled in front of them.
Oliver was also a co-founder of the forthcoming Sliabh Liag Distillery in County Donegal.
Oliver Hughes' opinions on business were never dull, often unprintable, always illuminating. The last time I spoke with Oliver was at Lillie's. He inspired an idea in my head that night that I have spent the last few months working hard on.
Thank you, Oliver.
My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
|Dingle Whiskey Distillery, Cask No. 1|