Originally Posted by viking kaj
Also for the record, Bushmills is not Scotch but Irish and therefore a whiskey. Most Irish whiskey is blended but Bushmills does a single malt. I understand that Bushmills is owned by protestants, so you may want to be careful ordering one in Ireland.
Bushmills is a town in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK. The distillery is named for the town. The town is a Protestant town between two Catholic towns. But, this doesn't mean what it used to.
Most Irishmen/Britons (depending on your persuasion) in Northern Ireland drink Bushmills because it was what was commonly available during earlier times. In the Republic, Jameson's and Paddy are the most popular. Now it's easy to get whiskey from the Republic in the North, and vice versa. But, old habits die hard.
I've had a Bush at a pub on the Falls Road in Belfast--nothing happened. I've had a Jameson's in Armagh when everyone was toasting King Billy on 12 July--nothing happened, even while wearing a T-shirt that says "Tá gráin agam ar Thatcher fós" ("I still hate Thatcher", not that anyone in Armagh has any Irish
). And in the Republic, I've had both--nothing happened.
I think those kind of distinctions matter more to (Irish-)Americans. If they did matter in Ireland, they certianly don't anymore.
|Irish Whisky: Kilbeggan and Paddy, occasionally Tullamore Dew. Since these are blends age is usually not as much of a factor. Kilbeggan is distinctive and lighter in flavor than most other Irish whiskeys, so if you can find a bottle grab it an give it a try.
You've got to try Middleton's "Very Rare".
As for Scotch whisky, I've always been partial to Oban.