Raglan Road Irish Pub at Disney Springs will celebrate World Whiskey Day with a special offer, four whiskeys from around the world for $25.00 (from Ireland, Japan, the United States and Scotland) from May 12th – 15th, 2021. The 4 whiskeys are explained in the release below and the value is $45, which makes this a great deal! If you want to celebrate on World Whiskey Day, that is May 15th.
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Raglan Road Irish Pub introduces four whiskeys from around the world at a $25 special offer ($45 value) May 12-15 to celebrate World Whiskey Day so our guests can try different styles of small-batch, premium, limited-release whiskeys from four countries – Ireland, Japan, the United States and Scotland.
“It offers the punters a chance to try something they might not have tried before, and also to compare global tastes side by side,” says Raglan Road General Manager Alan Delahunt. “It’s an exceptional whiskey experience.”
Raglan Road always features a long list of whiskeys on its menu, as well as whiskey flights and cocktails. www.raglanroad.com
World Whiskey Day Flight
Powers. Johns Lane Release – 12 yr.
An abundance of earthy aromas like leather and tobacco, with layers of charred wood, dark chocolate, and treacle toffee. Taste of spice up front followed by vanilla, honey and dried apricot
Mars Shinshu, Iwai Tradition
A blended whisky of single malts, grains, and blended whiskies. The whisky is then aged in a combination of ex-bourbon, ex-sherry, and ex-wine casks, creating a perfect harmony of flavors. Iwai Tradition is a special tribute to Iwai and Japanese Whisky
Whistle Pig – 10 year Rye
This 10-year-old, 100-proof rye whiskey is robust and distinctive in character. The nose offers a decadent mix of toffee apples, candied orange, and oak, with stone fruit and subtle spice arriving on the back end. The palate continues the rich, luxurious journey, but finishes drier and spicier than the nose suggests.
Laphroaig Select. Single Malt.
This special award-winning Laphroaig is created from carefully selected casks from a final maturation in new, American oak casks. It represents a subtle blending of peat, oak and sweetness.
Some history, as explained by Alan Delahunt, Raglan Road General Manager:
“At Raglan Road, we love the chance to celebrate whiskey, and why wouldn’t we? Didn’t the Irish invent the stuff (despite what the Scots might tell you)? Uisce Beatha, which translates directly from Irish as Water of Life, has its first mention in the Annals of Clonmacnoise dating back to 1405, stating “Richard Magrannell Chieftain of Moyntyreolas died at Christmas by taking a surfeit of aqua vitae. Mine author sayeth that it was not aqua vitae to him but aqua mortis.” So, there you have it. Lesson learned. Irish whiskey is usually blended barley or wheat, light and sweet. The Irish used a blend so we could use the most affordable grains available to us.
The Scots can date it back to 1494 when there is a record on Exchequer Rolls of “eight bolls of malt to Friar John Cor wherewith to make aqua vitae.” Scotch whiskey is usually a single malt, smokier and earthier. Generally, more expensive to produce. Malted over peat and always smoky.
Whiskey began popping up in the United States in the late 1700s, with the distillation process brought in by Irish farmers when they started to farm the area. Bourbon is more similar to Irish as it is typically a blend, using corn as the main grain. It has some spicy notes as part of the process of aging is to use charred American oak casks.
Whiskey production began in Japan around 1870 but the first commercial productionwas around 1924. Masataka Taketsuru studied the art of distilling whiskey in Scotland and brought the trade back to Japan in 1920 where he became one of the most influential figures in world whiskey production. Given the Scottish influence, Japanese production is more similar to Scotch, in that there is peat used in the malting process and therefore a smokier finish. It is generally a single malt and is double distilled.
So the Irish invented it, shared it with our Celtic friends in Scotland. We then shared it with America, and the Japanese learned from the Scots, but we invented it. You’re welcome, world. . . .”