Top Tips when Buying Whiskey from the L. Mulligan Whiskey Shop at Powerscourt Centre
The summer sunshine has finally arrived in Ireland which makes family gatherings and after work drinks much more appealing. As Whiskey and Gin have grown in popularity amongst our favourite restaurants and bars, we caught up with Michael of L. Mulligan Whiskey Shop at the Powerscourt Centre who gave us a few insider tips on buying whiskey this Summer.
Top Tips When Buying Whiskey
Know Your Budget
To eliminate the urge to spend more than your means, estimate how much you can afford to spend before choosing. A good whiskey seller will give you a few options slightly above and under your budget to ensure you leave the shop satisfied and happy with your purchase. The most popular every day whiskeys start from €70 depending on your budget of course!
Taste! Taste! Taste!
The best (& most fun) way to find out what kind of whiskey you like is to taste; opt in for whiskey tastings or simply ask in store for tasters. Whiskey comes in a range of flavours and tastes, from smokey to malt and each suited to particular dishes or ingredients in those perfect summer cocktails. Ask the expert for the one most suited for you.
Tip: Go to a whiskey tasting class that doesn’t focus on one brand. Blind whiskey tasting or a class that offers at least 5 different brands will give you a better chance of finding the perfect whiskey to suit your taste buds!
Listen to the experts
It can be quite daunting when you enter a whiskey shop with 100+ bottles of whiskey staring back at you but whiskey sellers are there to help you find the perfect one, so listen to their recommendations and answer their questions honestly. There’s no judgement here! They want to get a good idea of what you are looking for, your taste and how you are going to use the whiskey – plain old drinking, pairing with food or as a gift. Mixing whiskey with other flavours for a cocktail is a great way of introducing yourself to whiskey and finding out what you like. For a light summer drink, Michael recommends adding soda water and ice to your whiskey of choice. The drink is refreshing, easy to make and the perfect complement for those long evenings.
Redbreast is the largest selling Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey in the world and it reportedly “sums up Irish Whiskey in a glass” so no wonder it is popular. Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey is unique to Ireland and to the Midleton Distillery, Co. Cork in particular, and is regarded as the quintessential style of Irish whiskey. Made from a mash of malted and unmalted barley and then triple distilled in traditional copper pot stills, Pot Still whiskeys are characterised by full, complex flavours and a wonderful creamy taste.
Inspired by Ireland’s ancient distilling traditions, Connemara’s smooth sweet malt taste and complex peat flavours makes it a truly unique Irish whiskey. Connemara is the most decorated Irish whiskey with a huge collection of Gold Medals and has been honoured as the “Worlds Best Irish Single Malt”. Connemara allows you to unearth the peated pleasures of Ireland.
Dingle Whiskey is produced with the best Irish malted barley and make pure Pot Still Malt Whiskey. It is then put it in casks which allows the mild, moist, unique Dingle air do the rest. No other whiskey in Scotland or Ireland experiences a maturation process like that. The first Dingle Whiskey was released in 2016 which happens to be the centenary of Irish independence.
L. Mulligan Whiskey Shop is located at the Clarendon Street entrance to the Centre and they can ship whiskey to every corner of the globe. Impressive!
See lmulliganwhiskeyshop.com for more
Opening Hours: 11 am-7pm Monday – Saturday & 1pm till 5pm on Sunday.