If it feels like the information on this website is more heavily weighted in favour of Scottish whisky than Irish whiskey, well, it is. And that’s only partly because we live in Scotland. You see, despite whiskey production in Ireland being as old as those beautiful green hills they have there, and despite the country once having a large and thriving whiskey industry, now only three distilleries remain: Bushmills, Midleton, and Cooley.
Nevertheless, these three distilleries do their country proud. Their products are superb.
If we talk in sweeping generalisations (and who doesn’t love a good sweeping generalisation?), then there are some differences between whisk(e)y from the two countries, the spelling notwithstanding: In general, Irish whiskey is triple distilled, whereas Scotch is distilled twice. Also, in general, Irish whiskey is less smoky than Scotch, as a result of the Irish drying their malt without the use of peat smoke.
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