Irish Whiskey North Region
Historically and politically the north of Ireland has been a contentious era from time immemorial. There is one thing, however, which every side generally agrees on: their proud distilling heritage. Stretching back to 1608 and the records of distilling in Bushmills, on the north Antrim coast, the love of good whiskey has continued right up to today, though with the same hiccups that affected the rest of the island.
Some great distilleries in the north of Ireland lost during Irish whiskey’s “Dark Ages” such as the Upper and Lower Comber Distilleries, Coleraine, Limavaddy, and the Royal Irish Distillery which was producing 2.5 million gallons a year. Bushmills (a town which once held several distilleries) however stayed strong and kept alive the northern spirit.
This was especially important as by the 1980s it was the only distillery on the island continuing the tradition of Irish single malt distilling. Thus it is one of the few triple distilled single malts in the world, as well as having a unique, caramelized aspect. This comes about from “crystal malt which is dried at a much higher temperature causing some of the sugar in the malt to crystallise yielding burnt toffee aromas and flavours”.
In more recent times the north has joined the party of Irish whiskey boom and new distilleries, such as Echlinville which is reviving the Dunville and Triple Crown labels, the Quiet Man Distillery in Derry and the Sliabh Liag Distillery on the majestic Donegal coast are all looking to lead the north of Ireland into a bright new future.