Ask the expert: Ally Alpine, director of The Celtic Whiskey Shop
Why has whiskey suddenly become popular amongst women drinkers?
Irish whiskey is no longer simply served neat or with ice. It works extremely well in cocktails as it's a sweet, smooth, high quality spirit.
There are three types of Irish whiskey distilled: Single pot still made from malted and unmalted barley; Single malt is made only from malted barley and Single grain is maize or wheat. A combination of two or more of these creates a blended whiskey.
Examples to try would be Redbreast 12 Year-Old Single Pot Still Whiskey (Full, rich, oily and spicy), Knappogue Castle 12 Year-Old Single Malt (Orchard fruits, vanilla, malty and smooth), Greenore 8 Year-Old Single Grain (Light, sweet, easy drinking) and Teeling Small Batch (Ripe fruits & spicy oak) as a blend. With recent generations of women growing up on a very equal footing to men they are as likely as men to experiment with the different types and then it's all down to taste!
Whiskey Live Dublin takes place in the Mansion House on Saturday October 25.. Tickets are available for two sessions, 2-5.30pm and 6-9.30pm, priced €37.50 with €10 per ticket going to Down Syndrome Dublin. Tickets from www.eventbrite.ie/e/whiskey-live-dublin-2014-tickets-12176392919 or at the Celtic Whiskey Shop, Dawson Street. Ph: 01 675 9744.