By Father John Rayls
“Slainte” is a traditional (and sometimes mispronounced) Celtic toast when drinking Irish whiskey. It means “health,” and is often combined with other Celtic words to make the toast more personal.
In the American culture, a more appropriate meaning should be “slow your roll.” Of course, it doesn’t really mean that, but a slower more deliberate approach is needed when trying to fully appreciate the Irish whiskey experience. The golden elixir from The Emerald Isle is often the first taste of whiskey for many drinkers, a gateway to the whiskey journey, quickly left behind for more exciting lovers. Jameson Irish Whiskey is the main starter, and how most become acquainted with the smooth and mellow qualities of Irish whiskey.
To really enjoy the tasting, you need time and patience to pick up the many quiet clues along the path. Of course, there are exceptions like Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey, which should be an unusual expression by anyone’s standards, as it’s definitely much more adventurous.
To help celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2017, I’ve put together five affordable Irish whiskeys that will make your celebration complete. And please, remember to slow your roll!
- The Quiet Man 8 Year Old Single Malt ($50)
- Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Single Malt ($40)
- Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still ($65)
- Yellow Spot Pot Still ($80)