On this week's radio show we welcome Bernard Walsh, founder of Walsh Whiskey Distillery and producer of multi awarded “Writers Tears” Irish Whiskey, a unique old Irish Pot still Whiskey with a supurb flavour and history.
Episode WL 02-09-2017 February 9th, 2017
Trending big time is Irish Whiskey!
19th and 20th century Ireland was a golden era both for Irish whiskey and for great Irish novelists and poets.
It's perfect for our theme today, celebrating Valentines Day because Irish Whisky is for HIM and for HER! It is being enjoyed by both men and women. In fact, in 2014, women in the US represented 37% of whisky drinkers up from the 1990's. Check out Women Who Whiskey!
Women Who Whiskey Toronto Chapter now accepting members.
About Irish Pot Still Whiskey:
Single (or Pure) pot still whiskey is a type of whiskey traditionally made from a mixture of malted and unmalted barley distilled in a pot still. It is unique to Ireland. Not to be confused with blended whiskey, which is a mixture of column still unmalted grain whiskey and pot still single malt whiskey, “pure pot still” is a single whiskey made from a batch of Barley composed of both unmalted and malted barley that has been distilled in a pot still.
Pure Pot still came about in 1802 as a reaction to the introduction of Tax’s by the British on Irish Malt Whiskey. Irish Whiskey accounted for 90% of all the worlds exported whiskey and was seen as a cash cow by the British. By introducing this tax they hoped to “Cash in” on their neighbors good fortune. However in an effort to avoid taxes the Irish Distiller decided to use a higher percentage of unmalted barley (as opposed to Malted Barley) into the still. This resulted in a very different style of Whiskey and one which we have come to know as “Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey”. This style of Whiskey became known as the Champagne of Irish Whiskey. The much sought after liquid was a favorite with Irish writers through the 19th and 20th century.
Although Pure Pot Still was once widespread in Ireland, a number of historical factors including the The Irish War of Independence, the Irish Civil War, and prohibition in the United States led to a drastic reduction in the number of Irish distilleries. With this reduction in Irish whiskeys available came the loss in recognition abroad of the pure pot still style itself. The majority of the surviving distilleries began to produce blends and single malts to the detriment of the Pure Pot Still.
About Writers Tears:
Writers Tears is leading the charge to recreate some of the great whiskies of 100 years ago. Writers Tears is a Vatting of Pure Pot Still and Single Malt (proportions are a closely guarded secret). The resulting whiskey is one of Ireland’s highest rated whiskies in the Whisky Bible…
“This whisky evokes the type enjoyed at the time of Yeats and Joyce a century ago in Dublin. A blend of pot still malted and unmalted barley, triple distilled and matured in American bourbon casks, it’s smooth with bourbon notes on a bed of malt. It slips down with ease; a honeyed vanilla-tinged fruit and kick of ginger linger hauntingly”. Margaret Swaine, The National Post
And finally, we close off the show with an interview we did previously with a very special guest, a fellow Canadian, he is a household name, a great man of comedy, of music, of business, you know him from the Blues Brothers and Ghost Busters and of course Crystal Head Vodka, as well as his wines. The one and only Dan Aykroyd!! You will not want to miss hearing what Dan had to say. He is brilliant, he is hysterical and he loves his wine!
Dan Aykroyd wines produced and distributed by Diamond Estates, The Winery
Tasting the range of Dan Aykroyd wines with Thomas Green, VP of Winemaking and VP Operations.
Crystal Head Vodka distributed by PMA, Peter Mielzynski Agencies Ltd.
Watch our trailer here as we search for Dan!
And finally, still on our theme…
What will be in your glass… a rock glass, martini, or a highball perhaps? Make it a Boodles,you say, yes we do, Boodles British gin.
“Boodles British Gin was created in 1845. It contains a unique blend of 9 botanicals including nutmeg, sage and rosemary for perfectly balanced flavour. Interestingly, Boodles Gin contains no citrus botanicals - a practical decision made by original distillers who expected a proper drink to include a slice of lemon or lime!”
Boodles, premium GIN is known for their authentic and unique formula as well as a fascinating history. Brand Ambassador Jonny Gray will join us to tell all and share a few select specialty holiday season cocktails.
Celebrate Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos Nov 2nd with the world's #1 Tequila, Jose Cuervo!
"The Mexican has no qualms about getting up close and personal with death, noting that he "...chases after it, mocks it, courts it, hugs it, sleeps with it; it is his favorite plaything and his most lasting love."
We welcome our first guest to the show, Jonny Gray the Brand Ambassador for Jose Cuervo Tequila. Jonny to share a little bit of the Jose Cuervo history, the tie with Spanish royalty, how Tequila is made as well as some great cocktail recipes.
Listen to Jonny Gray at 6:57 minutes in the show.
We had the opportunity to take an all too brief 4 day visit to Mexico, Playa del Carmen actually, and on one particular evening we met up with a bar tender who was a tequilier, or tequila specialist who proceeded to share with us his great fascination and love of Jose Cuervo tequila, the first tequila producer in the world dating back to 1758.
We loved the story, the tequila and the cocktails so we thought we would share all of that with you. We invite you to read the entire story The Magic of Mexico... on the Mayan Riviera featuring Jose Cuervo Tequila in Power Boating Canada.
Always on the look out for something new and exciting, we recently discovered an absolutely decadent, delicious spirit. As lovers of anything having to do with the coco bean, this vodka, the 360 Double Chocolate Vodka produced by McCormick Distilling, “the planets first eco-friendly vodka" is not only delish but there’s a lot going on here to feel good about and are excited to share with you.
McCormick Distilling, producers of 360 Vodka
And once again this year, The Wine Ladies will be hosting several chocolate and beverage tastings at the 5th Annual Luxury Chocolate Show over at Roy Thomson Hall and in preparing for the show we were recently introduced to a couple of really delicious unusual “chocolate infused” beverages which we would love to share with you including a product of a unique chocolate vodka, 360 Double Chocolate Vodka from McCormick Distilling as well as well as a delectable award winning chocolate beer, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, all paired with one of our faves, BRIX chocolate.
Join us for 3 special Wine, Spirit, Beer and Chocolate seminars Sunday, Nov 8th, 2015 at 1:00pm, 2:30pm & 4:00pm. Get your ticket on site at the show.
Next, we welcome ow to the show Patrick Fee, Patrick is with McCormick Distilling,he is the Creative and Design Manager, here to tell us all about 360 Double Chocolate Vodka and 360 Vodka the brand.