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The history of Irish whiskey

Author Fionnán O’Connor spoke to Katy Fennema about the fascinating story of Irish whiskey; from the rise and dramatic fall of its popularity to its remarkable comeback in the last thirty years. 

Fionnán is a writer, consultant and lecturer for distilleries across Ireland. He is the chair of the Irish Whiskey Society’s cask selection committee and has represented Irish whiskey to the EU. In 2018 Fionnán started work on his PhD, investigating lost historical mashbills in driving innovation in contemporary Irish distilling.

Katy hosts Still Life, the Edinburgh Whisky Academy podcast (coming soon). She was a professional musician, and for thirteen years was the Associate Principal Oboe of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. She then moved to Braemar and opened a small hotel that focused on whisky and tastings.

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