Celebrating St Patrick’s Day 2018 with Old and Rare Whisky
St Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, takes place every year on the 17th March, the traditional date marking the death of Saint Patrick, and which, since 1903, has been recognised as an official Bank Holiday in Ireland.
Celebrated around the world, St Patrick’s Day has been renowned as a Christian feast day since the early 17th century, celebrating the life and achievements of a 5th century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Dedicated to bringing Christianity to the predominantly pagan Irish, his work in challenging the druids spawned the myth that is was he that drove the ‘snakes’ out of Ireland, despite Ireland never having snakes to begin with.
Celebrated internationally, certain core elements turn up in all celebrations and include the wearing of shamrocks, green clothing or green accessories. For many, the ultimate expression of this can be found not in Ireland itself, but in Chicago USA, where every St Patrick’s Day the city dyes the Chicago river bright emerald green as part of its city-wide celebrations due to it the large Irish-American community. Celebrations are marked with parades that include marching bands and floats that reflect all aspects of the Irish culture.
Making a toast
As with most national holidays that are marked with bank holidays, some of the celebrations will take place in the pubs, clubs and bars throughout the day. Guinness, which for many is synonymous with Ireland, is a popular drink on St Patrick’s Day, but for many, any toasts, accompanied by the Gaelic Sláinte or slàinte, literally translated as ‘health’, will be accompanied by a dram of whisky.
Ireland’s whisky industry is currently undergoing considerable change as historically popular blended whiskies such as Jameson or Bushmills are being challenged by the increasing availability of single malts or single pot still expressions. The range and quality is improving every year, but many will toast and raise a glass of old and rare Scottish whisky with friends and loved ones around them, in honour of our Irish neighbours. Any of Cask 88’s newest arrivals would be suitable, and can be found below:
Whichever whisky you choose for your toasts and celebrations with loved ones, we hope you have a wonderful St Patrick’s Day 2018 and join you in looking forward to the year ahead.