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1

What does the IDL stand for?

Irish Distillers Ltd.

2

How many times is Irish whiskey distilled and is it peated?

It's twice distilled and unpeated.

3

How many distilleries are there in Ireland and what are their names?

There are 3 distilleries:

4

What style of barley is used in creating the signature IDL whiskeys?

Unmalted barley.

5

what % of unmalted barley can be used in production?

no less than 20% and no more than 60%

6

Who are the two pure pot distilled whiskeys?

Redbreast 12yr

7

What are the four pots stills at Midleton used for?

Two are used for the first (wash) distillation; the third distills the 'feints' and the fourth is the spirit still.

8

The first distillation produces 'low wines' at what % abv.?

22-50% abv.

9

After being redistilled in the 'feints still' what is the % abv.?

50-78% abv.

10

What is the distillate now called as it enters the spirit still and what is done as it comes off the still?

Coming off the 'feints still' it is now called 'pot feints' and it is separated into foreshots, new make and feints.

11

What are the 'wash stills' fitted with to remove any solids from the vapors?

a 'cyclone' that spins the vapors & a small rectifying column with a small reflux pipe leading back into the column.

12

What are the three column stills in the Midleton distillery?

A beer column, a hydroselector column to remove heavy alcohols and then a rectifying column from which the spirit is collected.

13

What type of oak is used in Irish whiskey maturation?

First-fill American and European oak

14

why use First-fill American and European oak?

to add weight, sweetness & complexity.

15

What type of malt does Bushmill distillery use?

Exclusively malted barley.

16

Briefly explain how the wash moves through the stills.

Wash stills produce a low wine thats sent to the Feint Stills where it is divided into strong feints (70% abv) and weak feints. The strong feints charge the spirit stills and the weak feints are recycled in the Feints still with the next lot of low wines and the cuts from the spirits still.

17

What is the strength of the final spirit of the Bushmills stills?

84% abv. A high strength spirit with is delicate, floral and slightly grassy.

18

Do Bushmills Original and Black Bush contain any grain whiskeys? from where?

yes from Midleton.

19

When was Cooley distillery established?

1987

20

What is the base ingredient?"

Pot stills for malts, twice distilled.

21

Does it produce any peated malts?

Yes for Connemara.

22

When and where was Japan's first whisky made?

1923 at Suntory Yamazaki distillery.

23

How many distilleries are there in Japan now?

6

24

What is the Japanese distilling template and what type of stills do they use?

They use a 'Scottish' template.

25

What's different about Japan's worts?

They are crystal clear, fermented for a long time with a selection of yeasts and give a clean precise array of flavors and rarely and maltiness.

26

What type of oak to Japanese distilleries use?

Mostly used American, some new, and sherry-seasoned butts from European oak and a small amount of Japanese oak with imparts a intense incense-like perfume.