Wednesday 1 October 2008

Whiskey Miscellany

Dingle Peninsula Food and Wine Festival

If you are down in Dingle this weekend you have a chance to try some Cooley whiskeys at the Food and Wine Festival. Tutored whiskey tastings are promised and Cooley Distillery is pairing up with the Skelligs Chocolate Company under the title SPIRITual CHOCOLATE.

I don't have times and locations but I'm sure the details will be posted around town.

Are you looking for truffle? You've come to the right place!
Speaking of chocolate, I can't resist noting that Co Couture's Irish whiskey truffle got three stars in the Great Taste Awards 2008, leaving its rivals in the alcoholic dark truffle category thoroughly licked.

Which bar shifts the most Jameson?
The bar that sells the most Jameson whiskey in the world is not in Ireland. It's in Minneapolis.

How much Jemmy does The Local flog in a year? 530 cases in 2007. That's 17.5 bottles every day.

The secret is a drink called the Big Ginger that the bar promotes vigorously. It's pretty simple: Jameson, ginger ale, ice, decorated with wedges of lemon and lime. Classic, tasty and very refreshing.

The marketing guys at Jameson, who awarded The Local a plaque honouring their achievement, must be staying up nights trying to figure out how to make this local craze go global.

Meanwhile, The Local is not resting on its laurels. It has a new cocktail to tempt the masses. It's called The JJ and it combines Jameson, blackcurrant and mint.

Here's a genuine photo of The Local, taken from their website: