Irishman Aeneas Coffey revolutionized the spirits industry when, in 1830, he patented a design that finally allowed efficient distillation of a relatively clean, high strength spirit by means of a two column continuous distillation operation.
Surely the stage was now set for the Irish, who already dominated the Victorian whiskey market, to adopt the new technology to conquer the world with the inevitable Irish whiskey blends that would come about by mixing traditional Pure Pot Still with the less pungent Patent or Grain Whiskey.
What happened next, however, is a strange quirk in whiskey history!
Join us to learn why it was the Scots, and not the Irish, that invented whiskey blending and why it took the conservative southern Irish distillers over 120 years to fully embrace the disruptive distilling technology in any meaningful way.
As usual, to illustrate our story, we have spent thousands of Euro to be in a position to sample vintage Scotch and EXTREMELY rare Irish whiskeys. Our sensory journey on the night will include the following: