whiskey wednesday: women and whiskey

Dearest Friends,

Happy International Women’s Day!

Although I celebrate the ladies in my life on the reg, I think it’s important to take a day and honor all the smart, caring, hilarious, gregarious, loving and nasty women in our lives. Call them, sing them a song, mail them a good old fashioned letter (loooove me some snail mail), hug them dearly-maybe even buy them a drink! Because liiiitle known fact, women were at the helm of distilling spirits back in the day.

Yep you read that right. Before the industrial revolution (about 1760-1840), distilling spirits was considered women’s work because it was all about following a recipe while at home. Like mama was distilling whiskey while churning butter, while cradling her 5th kid. Well done ma’am.

Anywho, it’s really the ladies who should be championed while you sip your whiskey, namely Catherine Spears Frye Carpenter. Her invention of the “sour mash” in 1818 has helped keep alllll the whiskies consistent. What she realized was, if you keep a quarter of the previous fermented batch and add it to the yet-to-be fermented batch, it helps create natural yeast and keeps bacterial contamination at bay. Therefore, consistent final product achieved. YAS! CDFC, you are a goddess. (Read more on this HERE)

So to all my ladies out there, I raise a pickleback shot to you! You are a badass, your stories deserve an audience, you have a right to equal pay–equal everything for that matter. And I need you- your love, support, and friendship. You uplift me everyday. Truly, I don’t know what I’d do without all the strong/compassionate/witty/passionate/creative women in my life. You are the TITS (literally).

Cheers to you all!

xoxo N

 

whiskey wednesday: irish edition

Happy March!

a) I am so excited to share my #17shadesofgreen posts on Instagram, be sure to follow along!

b) In the spirit of St.Patrick’s Day, I thought it appropriate to give a little Irish whiskey lesson!

Quick History facts

  1. Like I mention in the video, in 1000 A.D. Irish monks i brought perfume distillation techniques to the fair Irish isle. The Irish then translated those into making distilled spirits that were very similar to what we now know as whiskey.
  2. The English term whiskey comes from a translation of the Gaelic phrase “uisce betha” meaning “water of life”. Pretty cool right?? Just me?
  3. Believe it or not, in the early 1800’s Irish whiskey was the most produced spirit in the UK and was more highly acclaimed than its cousin Scotch whiskey. However, due to the famine and change of people’s taste, Irish whiskey went on the decline so much so in the late 1800’s-early 1900s that all but 4 distilleries closed.
  4. Thanks to a resurgence in popularity in the 1980’s–we can thank the rebranding of Jameson for that– Irish whiskey is on the uptick! As of late 2016 there are about 15 distilleries now in operation.

types

Single Malt

Similar to that of a single malt Scotch, single malt Irish whiskey uses only malted barley in the mash during the distillation process. It is also distilled in a “single” location.

Single Pot

Similar to single malt, however, malted and unmalted barley can be used at the single location. This was the most popular style of Irish whiskey until the blends made their way into the market in the 20th century.

Grain Whiskey

Uncommon on their own, grain Irish whiskey is produced in a different kind of still, either a Coffey or column still, and uses a variety of grains. It is usually lighter in color.

a Coffey still (image c/o wikipedia)

Blended

The most common style of Irish whiskey on the market, is a blend of the three types of whiskey listed above!

Cheers friends! Enjoy your Irish whiskey this month! What’s your favorite brand?? I know my friend Jameson is my go to Irish Whiskey!