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Pot Luck of the Irish

Whiskeys distilled purely in copper pots are reclaiming their position at the end of the Irish whiskey rainbow
By Jack Bettridge | From Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky, March/April 2021
Pot Luck of the Irish
The term “malt” makes a drinker’s mind jump to Scotland, the lead producer of malted whiskies, whose beloved liquid barley spirit fills the shelves of liquor stores. Images of pot stills evoke the same visions, suggesting the stately vessels that pepper the glens of Caledonia. But just to the west of whiskey’s main producer lies an island with an equally rich heritage for distilling pure barley whiskey in copper spheres, one that is sometimes overlooked. And its bounty is returning as the Irish whiskey category surges with interesting spirits from new distilleries as well as broader choices from the Emerald Isle’s established producers. If you drink Irish whiskey …
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