A Glass Apart: Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey

A Glass Apart: Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey

by Fionnan O'Connor


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781864707236
Publisher: Images Publishing Dist Ac
Publication date: 06/05/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 556,041
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Fionnán O’Connor tasted his first glass of Green Spot in a pub in Galway 10 years ago and has spent an excessive number of subsequent evenings trying to uncover what exactly made that tipple so bewilderingly delicious. He has travelled extensively across the distilleries of Ireland and Scotland and has a particular affection for Islay scotch, American rye, and, of course, Irish single pot still. As an English major, he taught classes on The History and Appreciation of Whisky through UC Berkeley’s Celtic Studies department while working as a brand ambassador for the Bushmills single malts and running seminars on whiskey appreciation through the legendary San Francisco cocktail bar Bourbon & Branch. He has since served as a historical consultant and whiskey lecturer for distilleries across Ireland, worked as an independent bar staff educator, and currently volunteers on the committee of the Irish Whiskey Society. He has represented Irish whiskey before the European Union as an independent critic and written articles on Irish distilling for magazines across the industry. He lives in Dublin, where he divides his time between his postgraduate studies and the welcome wonders of a certain ginger alternative.

Table of Contents


What is Single Pot Still Whiskey? 6

Single Pot Still vs. Other Whiskey Styles 8


An Introduction to Whiskey Nosing 10

Finding Your Balance 15

The Flavours of Single Pot Still 16

Single Pot Still Flavour Wheel 19

Single Pot Still Texture Spectrum 20

Trust Yourself 21

Whiskey and Food 22

Cooking with Whiskey 23


Basic Ingredients 24

So What Is Malted Barley? 26

Unmalted Barley: Peaches, Pears, and Everything Spice 27

Other Grains: Oats, Wheat, and Rye 28

Milling, Mashing, and Wort 29

The Single Pot Still Ratio 30

Fermentation 30

Congeners: The Flavours of Fermentation 31

Yeast: Whiskey's Wild West 32

Pot Stills, Column Stills, and the Basics of Distillation 33

The Art of the Pot Still 34

Copper, Still Shape, and the Magic of Reflux 35

Still Irish: A Guide to the Island's Tippled Geometry 36

Triple Distillation 40

The Midleton System 42

Maturation 44

The Craft of the Cask: Sherry Barrels 45

The Craft of the Cask: Bourbon Barrels 48

The Blending Lab 51

Epilogue: The Gremlins of Whiskey 52

The Pot Still Profiles

The New Midleton Distillery 58

Redbreast 60

Mitchell & Son: The Spot Pots 72

The Pot Still Powers 83

Commemorative Single Pot Stills 87

The Midleton Retailer Single Casks 94

Cooley Distillery 101

A Collector's Catalogue: Rare Irish Pot Still 108

History: The Story of a Spirit

From the Ambix to the Annals: The Birth of the Pot Still 134

Aqua Vitae? Usquebaugh. (1405-1608) 140

That Accursed Spirit, Whiskey (1608-1755) 150

Against the Grain (1755-1804) 159

Spirituous Powers (1805-1863) 172

The Golden Years: A Story of the Fall (1863-1933) 185

By the Skin of Our Taste Buds (1933-2015) 202

A Guide to the Revival

The State of the Pot Still 222

The Dingle Distillery 224

The Teeling Whiskey Company 226

Tullamore Dew 228

Other New Irish Distilleries 232

Irish Whiskey Pubs and Clubs 236

The I.W.A. and Some Closing Thoughts 248



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