Whisky

  • PEARSE THE ORIGINAL – Taster thoughts by Lee Wilson

    October 26, 2017

    PEARSE THE ORIGINAL – Molloys Liquor Stores

    Taster thoughts by Lee Wilson

     

    Having just opened their doors this past August, the Pearse distillery is Dublin's newest edition to the Irish Whiskey market. The first of four releases, The Original comes with a green label which helps showcase the copper bronze colour of this classic looking bottle.

     
    It must be mentioned off the top, it is rare to find an Irish Whiskey that offers the lover of peaty Scotch an acceptable alternative. PEARSE THE ORIGINAL happily takes its place in the market where an opportunity certainly lies to fill in a void. On the nose, you will immediately recognize this pleasant peaty aroma straight away. Taking in a deeper second breath, you will pick up an added aroma of caramel as the whiskey gets closer to your tongue. The result when in your mouth reveals a flavourful burst with very little burn as it settles on your tongue. Once tasted, the wash is smoother than most, allowing that peatiness you originally sensed on the nose reappearing after the initial swallow.

     

     

     

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    An agreeably mild, polished whiskey that will satisfy the palate of any aficionado of peaty tasting whiskey. At a very reasonable 42.95 (Euro) and a perfectly balanced 42% ABV, this is a must Whiskey to accompany the others in your collection!
    This is a definite recommend and alternative for anybody looking for a quality Irish Whiskey that stands up to any top Islay Scotch.

     

     

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  • A tale of Glendalough, in 13 numbers…

    July 28, 2017

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    5 friends dared to live the dream, when they registered Glendalough Distillery in 2011 (they freely admit to plans being fuelled by late night pints!). Gary, Barry, Brian, Kevin and Donal all recall childhood visits to Glendalough.  Records show that monastic sites like this were the birthplace of distilling in Ireland, as early as 584AD.  The Glendalough logo features the legend of St. Kevin, out-stretched in prayer, being given a sign by a blackbird.  

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    1 Holstein copper hybrid still imported from Bavaria, nicknamed ‘Kathleen.’ Legend has it that the bold blue-eyed Kathleen tried to seduce St. Kevin, but was converted to the faith.  The still was brought in IKEA-style, in numbered pieces, which the boys put together.  Apparently it blew a lot of steam from various orifices when it was first switched on!

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    2012 Glendalough makes its first Poitín. Double-distilled in a copper pot still, it’s made from sugar beet and finished in virgin Irish oak.  Awarded a Gold Medal at the Irish Whiskey Awards in 2014. 

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    A 2 page spread in The Wicklow People local newspaper, on Geraldine Kavanagh who was running Wild Wicklow Foods, led to a meeting about foraging wild botanicals for Gin. “You do realise the botanicals will change with the season?” she warned…   hence Glendalough seasonal gin was borne.

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    40+ botanicals used in their gins are foraged by hand by Geraldine Kavanagh. 

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    12 months is how long it took to perfect Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin. Customers loved the four seasonal gins, but wanted a year-round version.  Their initial thought was to blend the four seasonal gins together. “That would have been the equivalent of mixing a McDonald’s and a curry on the same plate,” said Gary.  Launched in 2016, it’s just won  a Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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    Every 2-3 minutes, is how often Rowdy, the distiller, dips his little finger into the spirit at the end of each batch of distillation. “It’s a tough job and all that” as he says. As soon as it starts to taste like soapy dishwater, he quickly makes the cut.

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    7 year old Single Malt commemorates 13 years spent by St. Kevin in the wild. Not being allowed on the lake, two of the more athletic owners hiked down the sheer cliff face to St. Kevin’s Bed and placed a bottle there. (They wonder if it’s still there….)

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    13 year old Glendalough Single Malt. Why 13? It’s a reference the jersey worn by Brian O’Driscoll, who happens to be an investor in Glendalough.  (And no, they didn’t pay him. Towards the end of his retirement, he was having a drink in New York’s Brass Monkey Bar, when someone suggested it to him… The boys couldn’t believe their luck!)  And the whiskey? Like Brian, it’s a winner – awarded Double-Gold at San Francisco World Spirit Awards 2015.

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    96.44% is the alcoholic strength of the grain spirit bought in for gin. Trust me, it’s mind-numbingly strong!  It’s 100% Irish, and certified GMO-free.  It’s cut down with Wicklow water, and gently heated by indirect heat in ‘Kathleen’.

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    Thousands is the amount of juniper berries added per batch of gin. In actual fact, they are cones, rather than berries.  We know the real number, but in the spirits of gin-secrecy, have sworn not to reveal it.

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    2 million visitors come to the monastic site at Glendalough each year. They’ve just purchased a site at the approach to the valley, and have fantastic vision for how they want their new distillery to both blend in, and add to the landscape.

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    36 countries now stock Glendalough spirits – led by the USA, Ireland, Canada, France, Germany, UK and South Africa. Have you got yours?

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  • 6 Great Father's Day Gifts

    June 8, 2017

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    It’s time to mark your calendars for Father’s Day. Falling on the 18th of June this year, it will be here before you know it. It is not exactly panic time at the moment, as you still have a little time to get him the perfect gift.

    Ordering the Perfect Gift

    Save yourself from all the hustle and bustle of the high street by ordering your gift online from the award winning Molloys website. There is the fantastic option of having the gift delivered straight to your father with an attached gift message of your choosing (this option is at the checkout stage). This option is particularly popular with people sending home father’s day gifts from abroad.

    One of the best things about buying whiskey, wine or beer as a gift, is that you know the likelihood of the gift being used is very high. Rather than aftershave, clothes or a Groupon voucher, get them a nice bottle of whiskey, or something quirky like a beer making kit! To read about the top 5 Irish whiskies under €100, click here.

    Below are a selection of gifts that he will be sure to love. If nothing below tickles you’re fancy we have hundreds of more products available on our website which you can check out here.

    6 Great Gifts 

     

    Beer Making Kit: Everyday IPA

     

    Brewing your own beer at home has become very popular. Its great fun and a great educational experience for any beer lover. This Everyday IPA has a lovely bitterness from Columbus hops and its fragrant citrus aroma from super aromatic hops. If that is not your fathers cup of tea, we also have different variations of the beer making kit; including  an Oatmeal Stout, a Double IPA.  a Black IPA and more.

    Beer Making Kit: Everyday IPA

    Irish American 8 Pack

     

    Another great gift idea for any beer nut. You get to taste some of the best craft beers from America and Ireland. They include beers from some of the best breweries, including Sierra Nevada, Founders, Brooklyn, Lagunitas and Trouble Brewing.

    Irish American 8 pk 4x50cl / 4x35cl btl

    Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

     

    Dating all the way back to 1887, this Scotch has won numerous awards in its respective category, Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Aged in fine American oak casks and European oak Sherry casks, giving it a light, sweetly oaked flavour. Creamy and smooth with a very mellow finish. 

     

    Glenfiddich 12YR Old 700ml

    Redbreast 15 Year Old:

     

    A really incredible single pot still whiskey. A little pricier than the 12 year old but worth every cent. It's a lot richer and stronger than the 12 year old. Really balanced and well rounded with mellow fruit, combined with spice and toasted wood.

    Redbreast 15 year old 70cl

    Bordeaux Classic in Wood

     

    One of our best selling wine gift packs. it includes two incredible wines from the Bordeaux region in France. These wines have been selected by wine experts and have received rave reviews from the press; making this a must buy. 

    Bordeaux Classic in Wood

    Bordeaux Trio

     

    Another option from one of the best wine regions in the world, is this lovely trio of Bordeaux wines. These wines have been chosen by wine experts, meaning that they are of a very high standard. They come in a lovely wooden presentation box. 

    Bordeaux Trio

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  • Top 5 Scotch Whiskies under €100

    April 21, 2017

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    We have already done 5 Irish whiskeys under €100, now it’s time to have a look at the best Scotch whiskies under €100.

    In all honesty, as an Irishman, I have to compliment and admire the Scottish for their whisky production. It does come down to a matter of taste and preference, in deciding who’s better; but they do have a phenomenal range of high quality whiskies. Scotch also has a fantastic complexity to it, with great bold flavours.

    Variations

    They also have a number of variations, including single malt, single grain, blended Scotch etc.

    • Single Malt Scotch is an aged whisky, made by one distillery. It is made using malted barley and water.
    • Single Grain begins with malted barley and water, then later, whole grains or cereals are added.
    • Then blended Scotch is made from one or more single malt scotch whiskies, which is then blended together with a single grain Scotch.

     

    Criteria

    Like Irish whiskey, Scotch whisky has certain criteria’s that need to be met to consider it a Scotch whisky. Including geographical location, ingredients and alcohol volume (ABV). They also have a number of very famous and prominent regions within the country that produce world famous and premium quality whisky.

     

    Regions

    The Highlands are well known for their whisky production. They have some luxurious brands, including Dalmore, Glenmorangie and Aberfeldy. The lowlands tend to produce lighter whisky, such as Glenkinchie. Then Speyside is probably the producer of the best quality whisky, they produce Macallan, Cardhu, Glenfiddich and Glenfarclas.

    So let’s get to it. The top 5 Scotch whiskies in no particular order.

    Chivas Regal 12 Year Old

    Chivas Regal 12YR Old 700ml

    Chivas Regal is steeped in History, it is the oldest operating distillery in the Highlands region. This blended Scotch is aged for 12 years; the end result being a very drinkable tasty blend. At just €42.49, you really can't go wrong.

    Haig Dimple

    Haig Dimple Scotch Whiskey 70cl

    Haig Dimple is a whisky that dates all the way back to 1824. It was at one stage, one of the most popular whiskies in the world. With an age statement of 15 years, this Scotch is warm and smokey with a light sweetness. They used old bourbon oak casks during production, which is quite obvious on the finish, with a nice oaky after tone. Great value at €56.00.

    Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

    Glenfiddich 12YR Old 700ml

    Dating all the way back to 1887, this Scotch has won numerous awards in its respective category, Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Aged in fine American oak casks and European oak Sherry casks, giving it a light, sweetly oaked flavour. Creamy and smooth with a very mellow finish. At €53.00, I would consider this a bargain.

    Glenmorangie 10 Year Old

    Glenmorangie 10YR Old 700ml

    A truly beautiful 10 year old single malt. Really well balanced between sweetness and complexity. Nicely matured with a mellow creamy element. Lovely and fruity on the palate, right through to the finish. Only €51.00.

    Ardbeg 10 Year Old

    Ardbeg 10YR Old 700ml

    A really tremendous whisky from Ardbeg. It's a complex single malt, with a nice peat smokiness. Very well balanced with a nice sweetness. For such a prestigious award winning whisky, it's a steal at €65.80.

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  • Top 5 Irish Whiskeys Under €100

    March 30, 2017

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    Whiskey or whisky or whatever way you want to spell it, is such an incredible and complex thing. It is steeped in history and made using many different ingredients, depending on the country.

    The spelling of Whiskey varies depending on country. Ireland and America spell it “whiskey”; while our Scottish neighbors, Japan and Canada spell it “whisky”. Ingredients and Whiskey laws, also vary from country to country, giving each location its own distinct history, flavour and characteristics.

    Irish whiskey must be made in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. It has to be aged in wooden casks for a minimum of three years. There are more rules for it to be called Irish whiskey, but I will delve into that further in future articles.

    These are the top 5 Irish Whiskeys under €100 in no particular order.

    1. Redbreast 15 Year Old:

    A really incredible single pot still whiskey. A little pricier than the 12 year old but worth every cent. It's a lot richer and stronger than the 12 year old. Really balanced and well rounded with mellow fruit, combined with spice and toasted wood. (€98.00).

    Redbreast 15 year old 70cl

    2. Connemara Peated Single Malt:

    We had to include a peated whiskey in the selection. Peat gives the Connemara that immense flavour, nice and smoky with lovely notes of honey and pear. Its on the lower end of the price scale, making it look very good value for money. (€40.99)

    Connemara, Peated Single Malt 70cl

    3. Powers Special Reserve 12 Year Old 

    This 12 year old is a great blend, with the perfect amount of pot still. Aged to perfection, giving it a nice full body with lots of character and spice. Very good price for a 12 year old. (€47.49)

    Powers 12 Yr Old 700ml

    4. Bushmills 16 Year Old Single Malt:

    This beauty was aged in 3 different casks, sherry, port and bourbon; contributing to the amazing depth of this award winning Single Malt. Its aged in bourbon and sherry casks for 15 years, then its finished off in port casks to add to the flavour. Smooth with a nice balance of fruit and some slight sweetness. (€90.00)

    Bushmills Malt 16 Yr Old 700ml

    5: Teeling Single Malt:

    Last but not least, a very vibrant Single Malt, with a lot going on. An incredible 6 different cask types have been incorporated to make this fine whiskey, Cabernet Sauvignon, Burgundy, Sherry, Port and Medeira. Rich and spicy. (€52.50)

    Teeling Single Malt 70cl

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  • A visit to Teeling Distillery

    March 10, 2016

    Molloys Liquor store on Francis St. is so close to Teeling’s Distillery, that we thought it would be a neighbourly thing to go and say hello. So we did that last week, en masse.
    The building phase was very exciting, as was the TV programme that accompanied it, showing Jack and Stephen Teeling’s trials and tribulations in setting up the first distillery of its kind in 125 years. Their father, John Teeling, had built up Cooley Distillery from humble beginnings in 1979, and had sold it to Jim Beam for €73m in 2011. Nice one!
    Relative to some of the bigger Irish distilleries, it’s nicely compact and very modern. The minute the distillery door opens, you are greeted by a strong smell of fermentation. You can touch (carefully) the Lauter Tun where malted barley is heated to extract starch, making a sort of whiskey porridge sludge. You can stick your head into the wooden washback to see the swirling mass fermenting. You can see the trickle of whiskey coming out into the spirit safe, from the huge Italian copper pot stills. You can see Alex Chasko and his assistants at work around the stills. We liked the fact that the tour is guided, so you can ask questions as you go, like why the stills are different colours. It’s hard to do that with an audio-guide! While maturation isn’t carried out on site (partly because of the risk of fire to local residents), there’s plenty going on to build up a great sense of anticipation for tasting the final liquor!
    So, onto the Bang Bang Bar. Who? Any Dub worth his salt knows about Bang Bang. (ask yer Ma, and if she doesn’t know, email us!). Another guided tasting – this time by someone who is allowed to drink (most staff aren’t - should've read the application form more carefully, guys!).
    So what’s good about Teelings? Teelings don’t chill filter their whiskeys – they prefer to leave them at higher strength, around 46%, which adds to the mouthfeel and enjoyment. They distil in small batches, so there is possibly some slight variation in the casks and finishing. The styles produced are quite different to the current norm we’ve become used to in Ireland, but that’s no bad thing. We can easily live with it and learn to love it. Grain whiskey is hugely popular among Americans, and Malt whiskies are something we’ve never really tried before. If the rest of the world loves them, we’ll give it our best shot! Bring it on!
    Teeling’s Small Batch is their flagship Irish whiskey.  It has a higher proportion of malt than most Irish. Once blended, the whiskey is aged in rum casks, which give brown sugar and dried fruits to this lovely woody, spicy whiskey.
    Teeling’s Single Grain is very distinctive in taste and style, and is one of only a few single grain whiskies in the world. Corn gives certain sweetness, and it’s then matured for five years in Napa wine casks, which adds red fruit character and sweet spice. Like Bourbon? You’ll love this.
    Teeling’s Single Malt is a weird and wacky blend of five individual single malts, some as old as 23 years. The blend is then matured in five different wine casks. It’s one that sneaks up on you, and gives off an incredible, complex, layered flavour range, including everything from figs, to melon to citrus, with a generous dash of sweet spice, and a good dollop of toffee and caramel. We loved it.

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  • Whiskey for all occasions

    December 3, 2015

    Whiskey recommendations for all occasions, from Molloys Liquor Stores.

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  • Enjoy St. Patricks Day with some great Irish Craft Beers and Whiskey from Molloys!

    March 1, 2015

    The Irish Craft Beer Industry has exploded in recent years, with an estimated 40 breweries operating in Ireland now with up to 20 more in the planning stage. At Molloys we are committed to stocking Irish Craft beers and at the last count we have over 80 beers on our shelves. Here are just a few of our favourites

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