Earlier this month I was fortunate enough to pay a visit to the Soho Shebeen. Historically a shebeen is an illicit bar selling booze without a license, but in this case is was a three story pop-up bar in Soho, there for a week to educate us on three recently launched Irish spirits - Dubliner and Oak Devil Whiskeys and Feeney’s Irish Cream Liqueur.
To celebrate the launch they had some fine cocktails on offer made from the aforementioned spirits, two of the my highlights (for which I’ve kindly been supplied the recipe’s) are below.
50ml Dubliner Irish Whiskey
25ml Cloudy Apple Juice
12.5ml Sugar Syrup (or dissolve a teaspoon of castor sugar in the Whiskey)
2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
Build in the glass and gently stir, garnish with lemon peel and add ice cubes.
50ml The Dublin Liberties Oak Devil Irish Whiskey
2 Wedges of Lemon (muddled)
6-8 Mint Leaves
12.5ml Honey Syrup
Muddle, build and churn the ingredients together. Garnish with a mint sprig and crushed ice.
Nice looking cocktails right ? But what about the spirits that make them ?
Feeney's Tasting Notes
Nose: A whiskey hint.
Taste: A rich smooth chocolate creaminess throughout to the end with warming whiskey notes.
Finish: Sweet and creamy
Average Price: £12.50
Fox's Tasting notes
Dark and full bodied, like dancing at midnight under the full moon of the witches Sabbath.
Dubliner Tasting Notes
Nose: Rich, malty nose, with aromas of dark fruits and soft wooded notes.
Taste: Smooth and spicy, with notes of caramel and Christmas cake.
Finish: Smooth and lasting, with lingering pepper on the tongue.
Average Price: £35.00
To sum up, a great time was had at the Shebeen. The star of the show for me was most definitely the Oak Devil whiskey. The Dubliner Honey was also extremely drinkable.
I'm probably not overly qualified to give you a true opinion of the Feeney's cream, but being a huge lover of creamy drinks, but I must say I prefer it to it's competition as you can really taste the cream and it is overly sweet.
I look forward to trying these spirits again, and anything new that the distillery comes up with. All the products can be bought at 31Dover.com