The 19th May was Whiskey Day the world over, and since we’re more than partial to the odd drop ourselves, we thought we’d put on something a bit special to mark the occasion.

One of the highlights of the day was the launch of our new Parliament Whiskey & Poitín list, with over 150 Irish whiskies and poitíns added to our award-winning whiskey list.

Up on the pedestal once more was our Private Collection. They were offered on our menu at cost price – to give our guests the opportunity to try something really rare and very special, all without crippling their bank balances.

We had the ‘Dungourney 1964 Pure Pot Still Special Reserve’, ‘Knappogue Castle 1951’ – 36 years old when bottled, and ‘Bushmills 1975 Millennium’, which was 24 years old when bottled for the millennium.

We also offered two tastings of some choice samples of our range – absolutely free.

And those attendees were in for a treat due to the calibre of liquids on show.

We had Bushmills, That Boutique-y Whisky Company, Jameson’s Caskmates, Redbreast’s 12 year old & some small batch courtesy of our mates over at the Teeling distillery.

That’s quite the list, but our whiskey wanderlust didn’t stop there as we introduced our Rare & Vintage list – featuring seldom seen Irish Whiskeys such as Bourbon & Sherry cask-finished Jameson’s 15 year old from the 1970s, a 30-year old single pot still Old Comber from the 1980s, and a particular bottle of Henry Thompson & Co. from the 1910s. That’s pre-war numbers right there.

Added on to this, we mixed things up a little by curating a ‘greatest hits’ cocktail list featuring all of our favourite serves from Whiskey Wednesdays gone by – all of which were available on the night for just £6.

To roung things off and to provide a musical soundtrack to festivities, we had our resident Umbrella Radio DJs on the 1s and 2s, throwing out the rock ‘n’ roll bangers ’til late.

All in all, we had a great time and hope you did too. ‘Til next year all!