A rare opportunity to taste Cork distilling history 

A rare opportunity to taste Cork distilling history 
Whiskeys on the night will include Old Midleton Distillery 25 YO Pure Pot Still (1973), Hewitt's Whisky (Watercourse Road Distillery), Midleton Dair Ghaelach "Bluebell Forest", Paddy Whisky PPS 10 YO (pre-1950 Old Midleton Distillery) and Midleton Rare 1985. Picture: Cork Whiskey Society.

On Monday, the Old Oak is hosting an event being described as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to taste local distilling history.

The Cork Whiskey Society are holding a Rare Cork whiskey evening to tell the story of historical local spirits that put Cork distilling on the whiskey map, in an event that should appeal to both history buss and whiskey lovers.

“Compared to all other drinks out there, this is local,” said founding member Eric Ryan. “It is part of our heritage.

“It is interesting to be able to taste history, you are tasting a drink that your grandfather might have opened and drank as a younger man.” 

 The selection of whiskeys being tasted on the night has taken thousands of Euro, and many years of collecting, to put together and include Hewitt's Whisky, a pre-1950 Paddy and a number of rare whiskeys from Midleton. 

Tickets for the event are available to both members and non-members and Mr Ryan, who also hosts the regular Cork Whiskey Walk, said people who have come along to similar events in the past have really enjoyed them.

“I’ll be hosting it and talking about the history of the particular whiskeys and a little bit about the history of the distilleries,” he said. “Then we’ll taste the whiskey and see what we think, it is fairly informal.

“You have to be prepared to drink a little bit of whiskey, we will have six samples but they are not going to be full whiskeys!” 

The evening starts at 7pm in the Old Oak on Monday October 22 and tickets are available from www.corkwhiskeysociety.ie.

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