Host a Whiskey Tasting for St. Patrick's Day


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Top of the mornin' to ya, laddies!

Okay, so that was my lame attempt at being Irish (or a leprechaun), and yes, I realize it was a little cliche. Hmm...perhaps it's that Irish coffee I had this morning...but happy St. Patrick's Day nonetheless.

Unfortunately, St. Patty's falls on a Wednesday this year (boo), so we're forced to be a bit more tame in our celebrations.


A great way to give a nod to the Irish holiday without going overboard is to host a whiskey tasting. It doesn't require hours spent on decorations that will cause your carpet to shimmer with green glitter for weeks following, so that's a plus. And really, who has time to cut out little paper four-leaf clovers?

You can either have your guests try each type of Irish whiskey (single malt, pure pot still, blended, and single grain) or have a theme around one certain kind.

But before you pick your poison and pour your glass, there's a few things to keep in mind:

  • Smell: As with all tastings, a sense of smell is important, so you may want to request that your guests skip the perfume. Also, a touch of water in the whiskey helps release the fragrance.
  • Taste: Hold your horses, you're not at a kegger. Sip the whiskey, let it roll over your tongue (but don't swish it as you would wine), and then note the taste. Typical tastes in whiskey include: peaty, floral, woody, fruity, and smoky.
  • Shoot it with pickle juice: Yes, you heard right ... this is the latest trend when doing shots of whiskey. I know, weird, but trust me. It's rumored to have started with bartenders in New York, and is slowly becoming a favorite new shooter. It's known as a pickleback shot. Take a shot of Jameson, then a shot of sour pickle juice. The two shockingly go hand-in-hand, and your dive bar friends will love you forever. 
Follow these tips and you won't need the luck of the Irish to impress your friends.

What are your St. Patrick's Day plans?

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