Pure Pot Still Whiskey Trail – The Dublin Whiskey Festival 2017
This Tour Includes:
- Enjoy6 tastings of single pot still whiskey.
- Uncover single pot still whiskey – there is nothing more uniquely Irish.
- Discover the world class attributes of this special style.
- Whiskies: Green Spot, Yellow Spot, Redbreast 12, Redbreast 12, Redbreast Lustau, Powers 3 Swallow, Powers John’s Lane.
Duration: 2 hours
Single (or pure) pot still is the only style of whiskey that is exclusively made in Ireland. Where single malt is produced from 100% malted barley, pure pot still whiskey uses a mix of malted and unmalted barley. This mixed mashbill gives the whisky a distinctive spiciness known as ‘pot still character’.
Single pot still whiskey contains a varying proportion of unmalted barley, lending it a unique character. And yet this wasn’t down to a skilled distiller’s ‘eureka’ moment – distillers in the 1800s were so dismayed at the escalating taxes on their malted barley that they started using a bit of unmalted to save money.
Single pot still used to mean Redbreast – although you can taste it in blends such as Jameson and Powers – but there are now a growing number of examples on the market, from the precise and fresh Green Spot to the richly elegant Middleton Barry Crockett Legacy. Look out too for new age expressions of Redbreast – and its superlative 12-year-old Cask Strength.