Irishpalooza Coming to Harlows This Month!

If you love getting your Irish on, head to Harlow's on September 19th for Irishpalooza 2014. Music starts at 8:00pm with a Stout Rebellion reunion set, followed by The Pikeys at 9pm, Whiskey and Stitches at 10pm, and One-Eyed Reilly at 11pm. Tickets are on sale here for just $7 (will be $9 at the door).  37-atlg

Celebrate the New Year TWICE!

We love parties (and Ireland) so much, we always celebrate the New Year TWICE--once on Dublin time (4pm PST) and again on local time (12am PST)! We've been doing this double celebration since we opened, first because it's just a great excuse to toast the ones we love and second, to give our pub family options. If you have children, want to avoid crazy New Year's Eve crowds, and/or prefer to be in bed at midnight, we invite you to join us for the Dublin toast at 4pm. If you want to get dressed up and hit the town at night, join us for our midnight countdown!

We will be offering complimentary champagne or whiskey toasts for BOTH celebrations!

Did we mention there is NO COVER all day/night?

We'll be raising our glasses to our wonderful patrons and cheers-ing to a healthy, prosperous and very happy New Year!

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The Best Irish Coffee by de Vere's Pub

 The Best Irish Coffee?

We believe that de Vere's Irish Pub has the best Irish Coffee around. Press play to see what all the buzz is about!

The Irish Coffee Challenge

The best Irish CoffeeThe Irish Coffee Challenge is not just for anyone–it’s for those who take coffee, whiskey, and road trips seriously. de Vere’s Irish Pub challenges you to compare their Almost Famous Irish Coffees to the world famous Irish Coffees at The Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco–and tell us which one you like best!

Why? Our regulars often comment on how incredible our Irish Coffees are and almost always reference the Buena Vista’s in the same sentence.  So we created this experience to allow people to vote on their favorite Irish coffee.  The challenge is simple, and requires a small journey, but will lead to the discovery of the best Irish Coffee.

You’ll need to order Irish Coffees at both establishments, take pictures of your challenge experience, and secure a sober driver. Are you up for the challenge?

Take our Irish Coffee Challenge!

New Fall Cocktails

Gone are the days filled with summer drinks--new fall cocktails are here! We're focusing on the classics this season, highlighting old-time favorites like the Manhattan, Rob Roy and Hot Toddie. Here are a few of our favorites for fall.

The New G&T: Hendrick's Gin, Q Tonic, and fresh cucumber.

 

 

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Here's a full snapshot of our new fall cocktails lineup, too!

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The Irish Coffee Challenge!

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The Irish Coffee Challenge

The Irish Coffee Challenge is not just for anyone–it’s for those who take coffee, whiskey, and road trips seriously. de Vere’s Irish Pub challenges you to compare their Almost Famous Irish Coffees to the world famous Irish Coffees at The Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco–and tell us which one you like best!

Why? Our regulars often comment on how incredible our Irish Coffees are and almost always reference the Buena Vista’s in the same sentence.  So we created this experience to allow people to vote on their favorite Irish coffee.  The challenge is simple, and requires a small journey, but will lead to the discovery of the best Irish Coffee.

You’ll need to order Irish Coffees at both establishments, take pictures of your challenge experience, and secure a sober driver. Are you up for the challenge?

Take the Irish Coffee Challenge!

Go to irishcoffeechallenge.com to see how YOU can be a part of the quest for the best Irish Coffee!

 

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Celebrate New Year's Eve (TWICE!) at de Vere's Irish Pub!

Every year at the pub, we like to celebrate the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, twice: once at 4pm PST (12am in Dublin) and again at 12am our time. That way, everyone has a chance to raise a glass of bubbly or a shot of whiskey to celebrate the new year. If you want to avoid the crazy crowds at night, prefer to be in bed at midnight, or have kids to keep company, join us at 4pm for a toast to Dublin. If you want the real deal, come party with us at night! For both toasts, we will be handing out champagne and whiskey to all who'd like to partake.

We will also be doing a special Prime Rib dinner on the 31st. More details to come!

Remember: no one celebrates New Years like the Irish!

 

de Vere's Traditional Irish Stew Featured in Sacramento Magazine as Best Comfort Food

de Vere's Traditional Irish Stew Featured As Best Comfort Food

This month's issue of Sacramento Magazine is making our mouth water, in more ways than one. Their cover story "Comfort Food" features 28 local dishes they guarantee will warm you up this winter, and one of them happens to be our Traditional Irish Stew! We are so thrilled and thankful that we made the list, as we take pride in our traditional dishes.

So what do they have to say about it?

"De Vere's fragrant bowl of stew is food for your soul. The meaty broth, swimming with tender pieces of flavorful beef, celery, carrots and sweet pearl onions, is a dazzling dunking liquid for the pub's oak-flecked, rustic Irish brown bread. Chase it down with a gulp or two of fresh draft ale."

If you haven't tried our stew yet, we hope this inspires you to come in and order a bowl! You won't be disappointed!

 

 

Lighter Side of Ireland June Menu

Summer is officially here, which means it's time to reveal our first Lighter Side of Ireland menu for 2012! Here is your opportunity to try some less-traditional Irish fare, filled with fresh ingredients. These lighter options will change every month. Here's what's available for the month of June.

ARUGULA SALAD, $6.50
Arugula and baby spinach, shaved fennel, spring onion, cherry tomato, candied brown bread, goat cheese, and pear vinaigrette.

 

CRISPY PORK BELLY, $9
Crispy pork belly, green beans, roasted spring onion, and dijon veal sauce.


GRILLED LAMB RACK, $16
Grilled lamb rack, sauteed kale, chioga beets, walnuts, and Serrano chimichuri.

 

 

 

Baked Bree's Nutty Irishman Cupcakes Recipe

Are you familiar with the (once-) local cooking blog Baked Bree? We're obsessed. Her recipes are delicious, the photography is mouthwatering, and she loves all things Irish! A couple weeks ago, she posted this recipe for Nutty Irishman Cupcakes--and we just had to share!

Click here for the full Baked Bree post. Thanks, Bree!

Ingredients

Frangelico cupcakes:
    • 1 box Devil’s Food cake mix
    • 3/4 cup Frangelico
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/2 vegetable oil
    • 3 eggs
Bailey’s Frosting:

 

  • 2 sticks room temperature butter
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch sea salt
  • chocolate shavings (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make the cake batter according to the box directions, but I substituted some of the water for Frangelico. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar.
  3. Add the Bailey’s, vanilla, and salt.
  4. Beat until light and fluffy. About 5 minutes.
  5. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes, and top with chocolate shavings.

 

TraDISHional Night Menu (3/15/2012)

Join us Thursday, March 15th for TraDISHional Night, an evening dedicated to traditional Irish fare. It's the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the family!

 

Sacramento St. Patrick's 2012: Let the Session Begin!

After three successful St. Patrick’s Day events, it’s become apparent that de Vere’s Irish Pub has outgrown a one-day celebration. So this year, we’re dedicating an entire week to our favorite holiday! From Sunday, March 11th to Sunday, March 18th, we will be hosting eight unique and authentic events, all of which will be free to the public. To boot, we will be offering exclusive food and drink specials throughout the week.

 

Being the only Irish-owned and Irish-run pub in town, we want to make sure we give everyone in the community an opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick’s and experience our pub in their own way. This year, you can be mellow throughout the week with traditional fare and a pint or join the madhouse on St. Patrick's Day for a truly festive time. Let the session begin!

 

 

 

Sunday, March 11 – Shamrockin’ Sunday

Whether you were a runner or just a spectator at the Shamrock’n Half Marathon (we won’t judge!), come recover and carbo load at the pub.  We’ll be serving up a full brunch, compete with our Almost Famous Irish Coffees, bottomless champagne bottle service, and Bloody Mary’s to help you wind down and loosen up those muscles. We’ll even have lemon-lime Gatorade to help you refuel, festively!

 

Monday, March 12 – St. Baldrick’s Day

How much money would it take for you to shave your head? What if all that money went to making a difference in the lives of children battling cancer? That’s what St. Baldrick’s Day is all about—going bald for a good cause. Come shave your head—and collect donations for doing so—or watch others get buzzed bald. We have partnered with the Keating Raphael Memorial to host another successful St. Baldrick’s event. All money raised will benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Sign up or donate: http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/44/2012

 

 

Tuesday, March 13 – T-Shirt Tuesday

Come grab a beer and get your St. Pat’s gear! Pre-order their St. Patrick’s 2012 t-shirts (custom designed by de Vere’s) between now and March 13. Then come pick it up and have a pre-St. Pat’s pint at the pub! Order your t-shirt in advance so you won’t be caught without your green!

Pre-order your t-shirts at: http://stpatstshirt.eventbrite.com

 

 

Wednesday, March 14 – Whiskey Wednesday

By now you’ve probably heard we have the biggest whiskey offering in town, so why not come take advantage of it? On the fourth day of St. Pat’s week, join our in-house experts and ambassadors from various whiskey labels for whiskey tastings, education, and cocktails featuring our favorite spirit.  From 6pm-8pm, you’ll be able to bounce around multiple tasting stations while expanding your palate and taking advantage of 50% off Whiskey Society memberships if you so choose.  Enjoy 2 tastes for $5 and 5 tastes for $10.

 

 

Thursday, March 15 – TraDISHional Thursday

To continue our week of specials, we are hosting a night of beyond-the-norm pub fare.  Bring your friends and family to enjoy this one-night-only menu, which will include authentic Irish favorites such as corned beef and cabbage and traditional lamb stew.  Plus, if you order a 20-oz pint of Guinness, you’ll get your own pint glass to take home! (One per person.)

 

 

Friday, March 16 – Kings Fan Friday

In true St. Patrick’s spirit, the Sacramento Kings are playing the Boston Celtics at the Power Balance Pavilion, and we’re offering discounted tickets to the game.  We’ll also have a tent outside the Kings Store where you can pick up your exclusive pre-ordered St. Patrick’s Day 2012 t-shirt.  A portion of all ticket and t-shirt proceeds will benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.  You can order your special priced tickets at: http://www.kingsticketsave.com/getbald

 

 

Saturday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Pub Party

The big day is finally here!  Doors will open at 8am and the Ireland vs. England rugby game starts airing live at 10am!  There is truly no better place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than at de Vere’s, the only Irish-owned and Irish-run pub in Sacramento.  Plus, there’s no cover! Come celebrate in true Irish fashion--and don't forget your green!

 

 

Sunday, March 18 – Family Sunday

St. Patrick’s Day might be over, but that doesn’t mean the festivities have stopped! Whether you overdid it on Saturday and need a place to recover, or you stayed in to avoid amateur hour, come join us for a family friendly brunch featuring good food, live music, and more.

 

 

 

Davis St. Patrick’s 2012: Let the Session Begin!

Get excited…we’re throwing their first-annual St. Patrick’s celebration in Davis this year! Instead of a one-day celebration, we’re dedicating an entire week to our favorite holiday. From Monday, March 12th to Sunday, March 18th, we will be hosting seven unique and authentic events, all of which will be free to the public. Additionally, we’ll be offering exclusive food and drink specials throughout the week.

Being the only Irish-owned and Irish-run pub in town, we want to make sure we give everyone in the community an opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick’s and experience our pub in their own way. This year, you can be mellow throughout the week with traditional fare and a pint or join the madhouse on St. Patrick's Day for a truly festive time. Let the session begin!

 

Monday, March 12 – TraDISHional Monday

To continue our week of specials, we are hosting a night of beyond-the-norm pub fare.  Bring your friends and family to enjoy this one-night-only menu, which will include authentic Irish favorites such as corned beef and cabbage and traditional lamb stew.  Plus, if you order a 20-oz pint of Guinness, you’ll get your own pint glass to take home! (One per person.)

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 13 – T-Shirt Tuesday

Come grab a beer and get your St. Pat’s gear! Pre-order their St. Patrick’s 2012 t-shirts (custom designed by de Vere’s) between now and March 13. Then come pick it up and have a pre-St. Pat’s pint at the pub! Order your t-shirt in advance so you won’t be caught without your green!

Pre-order your t-shirts at: http://stpatstshirt.eventbrite.com

 

 

Wednesday, March 14 – Whiskey Wednesday

By now you’ve probably heard we have the biggest whiskey offering in town, so why not come take advantage of it? On the third day of St. Pat’s week, join our in-house experts and ambassadors from various whiskey labels for whiskey tastings, education, and cocktails featuring our favorite spirit.  From 6pm-8pm, you’ll be able to bounce around multiple tasting stations while expanding your palate and taking advantage of 50% off Whiskey Society memberships if you so choose.  Enjoy 2 tastes for $5 and 5 tastes for $10.

 

 

Thursday, March 15 – St. Baldrick’s Day

How much money would it take for you to shave your head? What if all that money went to making a difference in the lives of children battling cancer? That’s what St. Baldrick’s Day is all about—going bald for a good cause. Come shave your head—and collect donations for doing so—or watch others get buzzed bald. De Vere’s has partnered with the Keating Raphael Memorial to host our first-ever St. Baldrick’s event in Davis. All money raised will benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Sign up or donate: http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/7745/2012

 

 

Friday, March 16 – Kings Fan Friday

In true St. Patrick’s spirit, the Sacramento Kings are playing the Boston Celtics at the Power Balance Pavilion, and we’re offering discounted tickets to the game.  We’ll also have a tent outside the Kings Store where you can pick up your exclusive pre-ordered St. Patrick’s Day 2012 t-shirt.  A portion of all ticket and t-shirt proceeds will benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.  You can order your special priced tickets at: http://www.kingsticketsave.com/getbald

 

 

Saturday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Pub Party

The big day is finally here!  Doors will open at 9am and the Ireland vs. England rugby game starts airing live at 10am!  There is truly no better place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than at de Vere’s, the only Irish-owned and Irish-run pub in Davis.  Plus, there’s no cover! Come celebrate in true Irish fashion--and don't forget your green!

 

 

Sunday, March 18 – Family Sunday

St. Patrick’s Day might be over, but that doesn’t mean the festivities have stopped! Whether you overdid it on Saturday and need a place to recover, or you stayed in to avoid amateur hour, come join us for a family friendly lunch featuring good food, live music, and more.

 

 

 

A Review of Tyrconnell Irish Whiskey

 

In 1876 the Watt family entered a horse, a Chestnut Colt, appropriately named "The Tyrconnell" in the Irish Classic horse race "The National Produce Stakes". Incredibly it won at 100 to 1. This spectacular achievement inspired the Watt Distillery to celebrate the occasion with a special commemorative Tyrconnell label, which remains to this day.

 

Andrew A. Watt's distillery dates back to the glory whiskey days in Co. Derry in the North of Ireland. Derry’s suitability for whiskey production on a major scale due to copious supplies of good clean water, excellent supplies of local barely and the Derry mills to grind malt left it put her in an advantageous position. Originally from Ramelton in Co. Donegal the Watt family first settled in Derry in 1762.

The Watt influence in Derry became substantial in 1839 when wine and spirit merchant Andrew A Watt bought the Waterside Distillery located in the Abbey Street area. One of the most significant decisions taken was to install the Coffey still, which was personally installed under Aeneas Coffey’s supervision. It proved to be a shrewd move as before long Abbey Street was the largest distillery on the island, capable of producing 2,000,000 gallons of whiskey a year. The firm focus on three main brands with Tyrconnell being their flagship brand.

The Tyrconnell was, before prohibition, on of the biggest selling whiskey brands in the US. Pre-prohibition photos of Yankee stadium in New York show Tyrconnell billboards in positions of prominence at the venue. Tyrconnell and Andrew A Watts enjoyed great success in the export sector. Sales in England, Canada, Australia, Nigeria, The West Indies and the US put Derry on the commercial map of the world. By the turn of the century Watt amalgamated his interest with two other Belfast distilleries to form United Distillers Company. Things worked perfectly leveraging on their economies of scale until conflict arose between UDC and Scottish giants DCL based in Edinburgh. This was the beginning of the end for the huge Derry operation and Andrew Watt was forced to close the doors in 1925. The brands remained dormant till 1988 when Cooley Distillery acquired this old brand and went on its way to bringing this historical Irish whiskey brand back to life.

Tryconnell

Nose: Very scented, apple-skin dryness. Oily, cereal-grain. Palate: Light, oily, grassy. Lightly malty and cookie-like. Some vanilla sweetness. Finish: Crisp, clean. Hint of charcoal. Comment: A pleasant, light-tasting malt.

Nose: Fresh, malty, and amazingly fruity. Loads of citrus and traces of apple. There is just a very faint touch of ammonia to this vatting, which is not normally the case. Palate: Intense malt with a distinctive, coppery richness. Spicy, with a fine sweet/dry balance. But the oak does start making a point. Finish: Dry and lacking true depth.

Comment: Perhaps the most inconsistent brand from Cooley. Not the finest expression of its normally impressive single malt; usually there is greater clarity and depth.

A note from de Vere’s Irish Pub:

Our management staff at de Vere’s Pub is dedicated to building Sacramento’s largest whiskey list. We add whiskeys to our list as often as possible, in order to offer our guests the best and most comprehensive assortment in Northern California. To further educate our patrons (and ourselves), we like to post reviews of these whiskeys on our blog. This lets our guests read up on the whiskeys we offer before coming to visit our whiskey bar—which we know you’ll fall in love with upon your first visit.

The whiskey bar is located in the back room of our Irish Pub in downtown Sacramento, which is owned and operated by an Irish family. We understand that you have a lot of choices in the bars and restaurants that you frequent in the Sacramento area, and we hope that we can earn your patronage by providing you with a one-of-a-kind experience. Our goal is to provide you with the best place in town to eat, drink, and socialize with your family and friends. So, grab a friend and come down for an incredible whiskey and dining experience!

You can try this Whiskey at  de Vere’s Pub in downtown Sacramento.

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Paddy & Rebreast Irish whiskey

Paddy

Nose: Very linseedy, flowery and appetizing. Palate: Smooth, perfumy. Finish: Mustard. Comment: A classic Irish, though less full in flavour than Jameson.

Nose: Grainy from the off, but just a little more pot still sturdiness than of yore. A touch fruity but overall quite uninspiring. Palate: Much more toffee-vanilla than in recent years; enormously soft and completely lacking richness.

Finish: Dries as the oak takes over; becomes even bitter. Comment:  An unwieldy blend which disappoints thanks to its refusal to offer anything but a grainy, almost metallic hardness against an uncomplex softness.

RedBreast 12yr

There was a time when all Irish whiskeys were ‘pure pot still,’ made with a mixture of malted and unmalted barley, but today Redbreast is a rare survivor of the genre. As such it would be something to cherish even if it were not as excellent as it is. Redbreast dates back to the early 20th century, when the bonding company Gilbey’s of Ireland used the name for Jameson spirit which they matured and bottled, but since the 1990s the brand has been owned by Jameson’s parent company, Irish Distillers Ltd. Redbreast 12-year-old is distilled in Irish Distillers’ vast Midleton complex in County Cork, and maturation takes place principally in former Sherry casks, along with a percentage of ex-Bourbon wood. The result is a robust and deliciously individualistic whiskey, which offers a nose of linseed oil, mixed fruit, Sherry and vanilla. Big and voluptuous in the mouth, with characteristic Irish oiliness, cooked fruits, ginger and a developing nuttiness as it dries gently in a lengthy and well-mannered finish. A classic. 40.0% ABV

A note from de Vere’s Irish Pub:

Our management staff at de Vere’s Pub is dedicated to building Sacramento’s largest whiskey list. We add whiskeys to our list as often as possible, in order to offer our guests the best and most comprehensive assortment in Northern California. To further educate our patrons (and ourselves), we like to post reviews of these whiskeys on our blog. This lets our guests read up on the whiskeys we offer before coming to visit our whiskey bar—which we know you’ll fall in love with upon your first visit.

The whiskey bar is located in the back room of our Irish Pub in downtown Sacramento, which is owned and operated by an Irish family. We understand that you have a lot of choices in the bars and restaurants that you frequent in the Sacramento area, and we hope that we can earn your patronage by providing you with a one-of-a-kind experience. Our goal is to provide you with the best place in town to eat, drink, and socialize with your family and friends. So, grab a friend and come down for an incredible whiskey and dining experience!

You can try this Whiskey at  de Vere’s Pub in downtown Sacramento.

Join our Whiskey Society to learn more about Whiskey's at a discount!

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Kilbeggan & Knappogue Irish Whiskeys

Kilbeggan

Nose: Lemon-grass. Lime. Palate: Medium. Smooth. Sweetish, very toasty, malt character. Well-balanced. Finish: Nice balancing dryness. Leafy. Comment: Light but firm and satisfying. A welcome newcomer for everyday drinking.

Nose: No shyness to the firm, extra-clean grain, but the malt does balance things out beautifully. The fruit has receded in recent years but there are still hints of apple and grape. Palate: Fabulously lush, honeyed and delicately malted. The grain adds complexity. Finish: Still lush, moderately sweet, slightly grapey. The early spices vanish and leave some oak and a grainy firmness. Comment: A satisfying, finely balanced dram which again shows Cooley’s decent grain to good effect.

Knappogue Castle

Nose: Gently fruity, perfumy, smoky. Palate: Light on the tongue. Flowery. Oat-like flavours. Some maltiness. Vanilla sweetness. Finish: Light. A touch of spiciness. Comment: The vinho verde colour suggests a very light whiskey, and this certainly is, in both body and flavour. This bottling seems markedly thinner than the last vintage I tasted.

Nose: Attractive, obviously young but not immature. Grassy with a touch of muesli, sweet almonds and juicy malt. Sauvignon Blanc/green rhubarb ferment notes. Palate: Sweet and fresh all the way through: peaches, blossom and clover. Light nutty malt mid-palate with that winery/grapey note at the back. Finish: Peaches in syrup (en regalia?) then dry cereal. Comment: Hugely drinkable. Young but sweetly vibrant.

A note from de Vere’s Irish Pub:

Our management staff at de Vere’s Pub is dedicated to building Sacramento’s largest whiskey list. We add whiskeys to our list as often as possible, in order to offer our guests the best and most comprehensive assortment in Northern California. To further educate our patrons (and ourselves), we like to post reviews of these whiskeys on our blog. This lets our guests read up on the whiskeys we offer before coming to visit our whiskey bar—which we know you’ll fall in love with upon your first visit.

The whiskey bar is located in the back room of our Irish Pub in downtown Sacramento, which is owned and operated by an Irish family. We understand that you have a lot of choices in the bars and restaurants that you frequent in the Sacramento area, and we hope that we can earn your patronage by providing you with a one-of-a-kind experience. Our goal is to provide you with the best place in town to eat, drink, and socialize with your family and friends. So, grab a friend and come down for an incredible whiskey and dining experience!

 

You can try this Whiskey at  de Vere’s Pub in downtown Sacramento.

Join our Whiskey Society to learn more about Whiskey's at a discount!

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Connemara A Peated Irish Whiskey

Connemara Nose: Wonderfully peaty and smoky. Palate: Smooth, oily. Sweet, perfumy, smoke. Finish: Smoky. Sweet grass. Comment: The revival of rustic peatiness adds a whole new element to today’s palette of Irish whiskey flavours.

Nose: Sweet, clean peat, vanilla and-floral notes. One of the most profound and complex of Irish noses. Palate: Again very sweet, peaty. Softly honeyed and oily Mild molasses, fabulously smoky. Finish: Becomes drier as some oak bites, but the peat just keeps on rumbling along. Comment: This single malt had suffered from an identity crisis over the last year or so. Some vattings had become slightly off-key, dirty even, and the malt had lost direction. This bottling, however, is back to its brilliant best.

Connemara Cask

Nose: Liniment and farmyard. Palate: Honey on hot porridge, before a mushroom cloud of peat blows your head off. Finish: A rollercoaster ride of pepper, huge amounts of billowing smoke, then vanilla, mint and choc fudge. Comment: I just love this un-chill filtered version; it's fat, it's loud and it's fun. In this price bracket, there are very few Scottish single malts that can match it.

Nose: Muted nose before vanilla, nuts, violet and a mix of estery notes and perfumed peat smoke. Kippers. Palate: A very sweet start, lemon barley water, then the smoke builds in intensity, perfumed, touch of sheepskin. Good intensity. Finish: Long, smoky. Slightly hot. . Comment: Not surprisingly the punchiest and the peatiest of these two

A note from de Vere’s Irish Pub:

Our management staff at de Vere’s Pub is dedicated to building Sacramento’s largest whiskey list. We add whiskeys to our list as often as possible, in order to offer our guests the best and most comprehensive assortment in Northern California. To further educate our patrons (and ourselves), we like to post reviews of these whiskeys on our blog. This lets our guests read up on the whiskeys we offer before coming to visit our whiskey bar—which we know you’ll fall in love with upon your first visit.

The whiskey bar is located in the back room of our Irish Pub in downtown Sacramento, which is owned and operated by an Irish family. We understand that you have a lot of choices in the bars and restaurants that you frequent in the Sacramento area, and we hope that we can earn your patronage by providing you with a one-of-a-kind experience. Our goal is to provide you with the best place in town to eat, drink, and socialize with your family and friends. So, grab a friend and come down for an incredible whiskey and dining experience!

You can try this Whiskey at  de Vere’s Pub in downtown Sacramento.

Join our Whiskey Society to learn more about Whiskey's at a discount!

GET MORE PUB UPDATES HERE:

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A Review of Bushmills Whiskey's

Bushmills

Rich and concentrated, the first impression is of the sweetness. There are hints of honey, spice and chocolate, so greater complexity is revealed under the initial, very slightly cloying, first layer. It’s more intense than the signature Bushmills but a family resemblance can be clearly detected. Again, the initial impact on the palate is smooth sweetness, as this rich whiskey rolls around the mouth. There are toffee and dark caramel notes here, mingling with spicy hints that open up with a dash of water. Hints of fruit also appear after a while. The toffee develops to a dark chocolate on a lingering finish that holds together well. I've rated this 3.5 stars, but if you’re a fan of Bushmills it's worth 4, because you’ll probably love this! 46.0% ABV,

Bushmills Black

Bushmills distillery in County Antrim is currently celebrating the 400 anniversary of a licence being granted to distil in the area, so it is fitting that July’s Whisky of the Month is Black Bush. Bushmills is owned by Diageo and triple distils malt whiskey, which is mixed with grain spirit from Midleton distillery in County Cork to create the Bushmills family of blended Irish whiskeys. Black Bush contains a significantly higher proportion of malt than the popular ‘Original’ brand, and also benefits from the fact that the malt component is matured for between eight and ten years in ex-Oloroso Sherry casks prior to blending. Rich and enticing on the nose, with sweet Sherry, characteristic Irish whiskey oiliness, honey and blackcurrants. The palate is a complex blend of sweet and more austere, slightly metallic, notes; Sherry, Fry’s Turkish Delight, autumn berries and restrained cinnamon spice. Water teases out more Irish oil. The finish offers an initial fudge note that dries slowly and elegantly through treacle toffee to pleasing oak. Undoubtedly one of the world’s great blended whiskeys. 40.0% ABV

Bushmills 10yr

Nose: Distinctly almondy. Some soft, perfumy, winey spiciness. Palate: Toasted almonds, raisins, slightly burnt toffee. Finish: Delicate, elusive, flavours. Long, soft, soothing. Comment: All the woods are influential, especially the port in the finish. A very dexterous balancing act, but is the house character eventually overwhelmed

Nose: Intense malt with a unmistakable sherry richness. Quite firm, fruity and clean. Palate:Sweet, quite lush start: malt, sherry and soft spice. Finish: Lashings of toffee with bigger sherry than of old. Dark fudge sweetness gives way to much drier cocoa notes. Comment: A bigger whisky than of a year or two back with the sherry making a much bigger impression. Quite fruity and full where once it was slightly powdery and over-dependent on the malt character alone.

 

Bushmills 16yr

Nose: Distinctly nutty, but also with those linseedy Irish flavours. some soft, perfumy, spiciness. Palate: Toasted almonds, raisin, slightly burnt toffee. Finish: Delicate, elusive, flavours. Long, soft, soothing. Comment: All the woods are influential, especially the port in the finish. A dextrous balancing act.

Nose: Beautifully scented with honey, sweet apples, pears, bananas and sherry. Palate: Delicious, malt roundedness, rich fruit and nuttiness peep through the sherry and port structure. Finish: Lingering sweet fruit salad character and the lightest trace of peat. Comment: Absolutely charming Bushmills. Expertly composed.

 

Bushmills 21yr

Nose: Pronounced Madeira ' toffee' character. Palate: Smooth, sweet, succulent. Marzipan. Glazed almonds. Finish: Dusting of ginger. Comment: A delicious whisky. The sweetness and nuttiness of Bushmills whiskey and of Madeira are an enjoyable double-act. The whiskey has to work hard to avoid being upstaged

Nose: A lifted, perfumed fruit-filled nose, soft and pulpy, apricot yoghurt and crannachan (raspberry oats sugar and cream). Palate: Starts sweet, soft and juicy starting with apricot ending up with redcurrant and cherry. Finish: A very light smokiness. Comment: Lovely balance. A whisky for those who like things on the fruity side.

 

 

A note from de Vere’s Irish Pub:

Our management staff at de Vere’s Pub is dedicated to building Sacramento’s largest whiskey list. We add whiskeys to our list as often as possible, in order to offer our guests the best and most comprehensive assortment in Northern California. To further educate our patrons (and ourselves), we like to post reviews of these whiskeys on our blog. This lets our guests read up on the whiskeys we offer before coming to visit our whiskey bar—which we know you’ll fall in love with upon your first visit.

The whiskey bar is located in the back room of our Irish Pub in downtown Sacramento, which is owned and operated by an Irish family. We understand that you have a lot of choices in the bars and restaurants that you frequent in the Sacramento area, and we hope that we can earn your patronage by providing you with a one-of-a-kind experience. Our goal is to provide you with the best place in town to eat, drink, and socialize with your family and friends. So, grab a friend and come down for an incredible whiskey and dining experience!

 

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