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Tips for St. Patrick’s Day in NYC

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Saint Patrick’s Day is less than a week away and I intend to have a full agenda for celebrating this wonderful holiday.  If you will be in NYC this weekend, below are a few events that should get you into the spirit!  I’ve also included a list of my favorite Irish Pubs.  How will you be celebrating?

Events for the Sophisticated Whiskey Drinker (or the drinker that doesn’t feel like standing in a Parade of madness!)

St. Patrick’s Weekend Irish New York Tour

A special tour for St. Patrick’s Weekend. Explore the former “Little Ireland” district of the Lower East Side, between City Hall and Houston Street as we examine the tremendous role of Irish immigrants in the history of New York City.   This “family friendly” tour will explain why St. Patrick’s Day is more popular here than in Ireland.  Stops could include: the founding site of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Al Smith’s home, the Five Points, the first Catholic church in the city, and sites associated with Tammany Hall, Thomas Addis Emmet, and many others.

Slainte: Irish Whiskey Cocktails and Cheese

For those of you who enjoy a fine whiskey food pairing, join Anthony Caporale (host of the Art of the Drink Web series) for a night of handpicked craft Irish whiskey cocktails paired with world-famous cheeses from Ireland. In addition to tasting you will get a 101 on mixing cocktails like the Zesty Irishman (Bushmills, Drambuie, triple sec) and the Jameson-spiked Buena Vista Irish Coffee. Each drink will be paired with fromage selections from Murray’s Cheese Shop.

The Man, the Legend and the Whiskey 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Astoria Whiskey Society and Tullamore D.E.W. at Hell Gate Tiki.  Festivities will kick off with a VIP tasting exclusively for Astoria Whiskey Society members from 2 – 3:30PM.  Tim Herlihy, Brand Ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W. will walk you through their exciting portfolio.  After that, get the party started with $3 Tullamore D.E.W. shots and $6 “Luck of the Irish” cocktails.  Enjoy live music and get your grub on with an Irish BBQ beginning at 4PM!

Now on to my favorite watering holes…

Irish Pubs to Add to Your Library

1. Molly’s Shebeen

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2. Ceol 

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3. The Dead Poet

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A Taste of Irish True

New York City is full of exciting events at legendary venues each and every night of the week. Mornings over coffee are filled with gossip about the elite access and private parties that lit up the city the night before. Last night I was lucky enough to be one of 24 guests to attend an event of this kind. The exclusive venue happened to be the Consul General of Ireland’s private penthouse residence and the celebrity of the evening was a vintage bottle of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey.

The evening was hosted by Mr. Noel Kilkenny, Consul General of Ireland, and Mrs. Hanora O’Dea Kilkenny, and struck a beautiful balance of the storied legacy and the bright future of Tullamore D.E.W. Upon stepping off the elevator onto the 52nd floor, I was warmly welcomed by Mr. Noel Kilkenny, his wife, and their two Labrador Retrievers to their impressive duplex penthouse. The evening began under the setting sun with delicious Tullamore D.E.W. cocktails served on the 360 degree wrap-around balcony. After a few cocktails and some wonderful whiskey conversation, the breathtaking group of elite NYC guests were ushered down to the first floor where a proper tasting was awaiting.

Welcomed by the charming and witty Brand Ambassador Tim Herlihy, guests were immersed into the Irish True world of Tullamore D.E.W. This year the brand is building its future by strengthening the ties to its past. The renovated state of the art Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre in Ireland has been re-opened; returning distillation of the liquid to the town of Tullamore for the first time since 1959. This bit of information provided a perfect segue into the main event of the night, tasting whiskey! Tim had with him a stash of three very different but equally beautiful expressions of Tullamore D.E.W, giving guests a taste of the past and the future.

The first whiskey we tasted, Tullamore D.E.W. Private Stock, was from the old distillery. This bottle was so rare that it is the only bottle the company has and the bottle so unique that upon cracking the seal Tim was surprised to find he would need a corkscrew to actually open it! Distilled in 1940 this Single Pot Still whiskey was aged in Bourbon casks and pulled from Daniel E. Williams private stock. The gorgeous liquid was extremely smooth with a burst of spice on the palate.

The second whiskey, Tullamore D.E.W. 1970S, is another extinct bottle. Distilled in 1948 in a coffee-still, the liquid was a blend which was truly pioneering for the time. The whiskey, produced at the old St. John’s Lane distillery in Dublin, was triple distilled and triple blended created with the American palate in mind.

Finally, we enjoyed Tullamore D.E.W. number three. Lucky for us, it is still available! Matured in Bourbon and Sherry casks the liquid remains true to the heritage of Tullamore D.E.W. This bottle featured new packaging paying homage to where the liquid came from and the man himself who made all of this possible

It’s hard to say which whiskey was my favorite as they all were so unique and beautiful in their own way. At any rate, I must admit that I am one lucky lady to have been able to taste a bit of two now extinct bottles of Tullamore D.E.W!

Photography by FYM Productions

Cheers!


A Toast to Irish True

It’s that time of year when strings of paper shamrocks line store front windows, the color green dyes everything from beer to bagels, and girls pull out their “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” tank tops.  On March 17th people all over the United States set out for a day of drinking and feasting to celebrate their inner Irish American.  Once properly dressed, they set out in packs lining up at the most “Irish” pub around and ordering pints of Guinness and shots of Jameson.

Americans have long embraced the tradition of St. Patrick’s day, but it seems to have become a bit of a frat party instead of a day honoring the true Irish spirit.  The Irish are mirthful and jovial, emotional and devoted while being rebellious and poetic at the same time.  They have strong souls and light hearts with a mystery in their laugh and a twinkle in their eye.  Their stories become legends passed through Irish generations, complete with a bit of whiskey raised to quick wit and sealed with a toast.

In celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day I raise a glass of Tullamore Dew to three extraordinary Irish women who embody the spirit of what being Irish is all about. 

Grace O’Malley

To her knowledge and her fight

And the respect from her men

As they captured the night

Pirate queen she had been

 

Raise a glass to the rebel

And her love for the sea

A song on her life shall prevail

As we share this whiskey!

 

Sister Sarah Clarke

Here’s to the pressure she faced

And the inmates embraced

As her life she invested

Freeing the wrongly arrested

 

Known for loving the sinner

But for hating the sin

Glasses up to a winner

Drink to her and her kin!

 

Catherine Hayes

Her life beginning in rags

Soon turned in to treasures

Singing songs while she worked

Made her presence a pleasure

 

A born opera star

Claimed the first of her kind

With a glass in your hand

Cheers to her for all time!

 

Cheers to a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!


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