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Theydeserveit >> St Patricks Day >> Saint Patricks Day Whiskey Gifts

St Patrick's Day Whiskey Gifts

If you celebrate St Patricks Day with gifts than a gift of Irish Whiskey must be high on the list of choices you may make for your best of friends. While the majority of people focus on celebrating St Patricks Day with beer of all types and colors (green mostly) Irish Whiskey is a gift that raises the bar and takes the St Patricks Day celebrations to a different level than a mere pint of Guinness could ever achieve. Here we will provide information on Irish Whiskey and great gift ideas on how to make this holiday the best ever.

One of the first things that people notice when considering the purchase of whiskey is that many brands have different spellings of the word. Some brands label their product as whisky and others use the extra "e" and spell the word whiskey. This difference dates back to a dispute between Irish and Scottish distillers about quality. In order to distinguish themselves as a higher quality product the Irish Distillers added the extra "e". So in today's market as you look for an Irish Whiskey you will be looking for an extra "e" in the word. This commitment to longstanding tradition and quality is one of the reasons that an Irish Whiskey makes an excellent St Patricks Day gift or present.

Irish Whiskey Technical Talk
When giving a gift of Irish Whiskey on St Patricks Day you should have at least a basic understanding of some of the technical talk behind whiskey distillation. First know that while the words whiskey and Scotch are often used interchangeably they are in deed different distillation processes. If you want a good Scotch buy a reputable single malt (meaning not blended with other malts to create a "blended flavor") If however you are looking for a traditional Irish Whiskey Gift then you will be looking for a drink which is produced using a "pure pot still" or "pot still" technique. The most common brand of this traditional Irish Whiskey is Jameson.
Irish Whiskey Distilleries
Although ownership has changed and will probably continue to change in the future there are currently 3 main Irish distilleries that produce Irish Whiskey in Ireland. If you are looking to give a gift of Irish Whiskey for St Patricks Day you should check your labels to make sure the distillation of the drink is done at one of the following three Irish Distilleries. Old Bushmills Distillery, Cooley Distillery or New Midleton Distillery. Each of these distilleries produces a variety of different Whiskey and scotch products that can be said to fall into the general category of Irish Whiskey.

Whiskey Shot Glasses and Drinks
If you want to give a gift of Irish Whiskey but do not want to purchase the alcohol or want to try a variation on the theme then you should consider some whiskey drinking peripherals. A nice set of shot glasses is always a good gift idea as is a set of short and sturdy cocktail glasses. Good glasses from which to enjoy a fine whiskey are worth as much as the drink itself. Some classic whiskey drinks are the boilermaker, the manhattan, and the whiskey sour. A book about mixed drinks also would make an excellent complementary gift on St Patricks Day to go along with a nice bottle of Irish Whiskey.