Hibernia is proud to announce that our weekend cocktail will be made with IrishAmerican Whiskey. As always, our expert mixologist Aidan Fogarty, the genius behind some of our famed drinks: The Diplomat, Dragon Breath, Brockmans Lavender Bramble, Rose Garden, Emily Grace, The Elison and The Mexican Punch, to name a few, has appropriately named his newest creation the Irish American Smash. It would be appropriate to call him a genius, however, we at Hibernia simply refer to him as the Foganator. Aidan can be seen working the bar pouring his perfect Guinness, and brandishing those who are willing to serve a 20oz Guinness with bubbles. He is an artist, a matador, a footballer, a dancer, a true Irish-American.
Here’s a little about our newest Whiskey, taken from the IrishAmerican Whiskey page.
THE IRISHAMERICAN TRADING COMPANY
The IrishAmerican Trading Company was founded by John McKay in 2014. His mission was to bring to life a lifestyle brand that epitomizes the enduring relationship between Ireland and America. The ship on the logo is inspired by the “Jeannie Johnson” a 19th century famine ship. The ship is always facing west – bound for America! The Jeannie Johnson made 16 emigrant journeys from Ireland to American between 1847 & 1855, carrying over 2500 people with no loss of life. This is a brand with a heritage more than 200 years in the making. A history & tradition brought to life for the 21st Century. Like those who travelled westward in the 19th Century & those who travel today our brand is optimistic and authentic & embraces that same pioneering spirit for life. Our premium whiskeys honor this heritage & embody “The Spirit of Freedom”.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF WHISKEY, IN IRELAND
The word ‘whiskey’ (or whisky) comes from the Gaelic uisce beatha, meaning water of life. Irish whiskey was one of the earliest distilled drinks in Europe, arising around the 12th century. It is believed that Irish monks brought the technique of distilling perfumes back to Ireland from their travels to the Mediterranean countries around 1000 A.D. The Irish then modified this technique to obtain a drinkable spirit. Although termed “whiskey”, the spirit produced during this period would have differed from what we currently recognize as whiskey. The uisce beatha or whiskey produced in historical times would not have been aged, and was often flavored with aromatic herbs such as mint, thyme or anise.
Although known to have occurred for hundreds of years, records of whiskey production in Ireland can be difficult to come by, in particular in the earlier years when production was unregulated. The oldest known written record of whiskey comes from Ireland in 1405 in the Irish Annals of Clonmacnoise where it was written that the head of a clan died after “taking a surfeit of aqua vitae” at Christmas. Its first known mention in Scotland dates from 1494. However, it is known that by 1556 whiskey was widespread, as an Act passed by the English Parliament declared whiskey to be “a drink nothing profitable to be drunken daily and is now used universally through the realm of Ireland”.
IrishAmerican Trading Company LLC is an independent family owned business and has offices in Dublin (Ireland) and Boston (USA).