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Irish Whiskey Day Sunday 3rd March 19 #IrishWhiskeyDay

Share your Irish Whiskey Tasting Event with the World on 3rd March using #IrishWhiskeyDay on Social Media.

Get ready for Irish Whiskey Day on Sunday 3rd March 19

International Irish Whiskey Day or Irish Whiskey Day  is celebrated each year on 3/3 or 3rd March.

The 3rd March date was chosen because of the significance of the number 3 to Irish Whiskey.
  • There are three styles of Irish Whiskey, Single Grain, Single Malt and Single Pot Still.
  • Irish Whiskey must be matured for three years before in may be called whiskey.
  • There is a tradition of Irish Whiskey being Triple Distilled.

The whole idea of Irish Whiskey day is to coordinate a global Irish Whiskey Tasting on Social Media using the Hash Tag #IrishWhiskeyDay.

Irish Whiskey Day on 3rd March, is exactly two weeks to the day before St Patrick’s day, so these global Irish Whiskey Tastings are also an ideal opportunity for the Irish Diaspora around the world to hone their Irish Whiskey Tasting Skills and Knowledge in advance of the international St Patrick’s Day celebrations on 17 March.

Incidentally, the symbol of Ireland and St Patrick’s Day is the Three Leaf Shamrock Shamrock on Apple iOS 12.1 .Note the importance of Three!

Join in the Irish Whiskey Day Fun!

There are two ways in which you can participate in Irish Whiskey Day, Simple and Advanced.


Simple Participation in Irish Whiskey Day.

Enjoy a glass or two of Irish Whiskey and share your experience on social media(Twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc.) Tell us which Irish Whiskey you have chosen and why, where you are and what you like about the Irish Whiskey you are sharing.

You can use the conventional tasting notes of Nose, taste and Finish, or just tell us in you own words what it tastes like. Share some nice photos of your selected Irish Whiskey and tell us where in the world you are.

Finally and most importantly, don’t forget to use the HashTag #IrishWhiskeyDay so that the rest of the world can find and share your Tweets and Posts.

Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Old Special Reserve Blended Irish Whiskey is one of the six featured whiskeys on the 2019 Irish Whiskey Day tasting Mat. Stuart McNamara Irish Whiskey Blogger

Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Old Special Reserve Blended Irish Whiskey is one of the six featured whiskeys on the 2019 Irish Whiskey Day tasting Mat.


Advanced Participation in Irish Whiskey Day. Create Your Own Irish Whiskey Day Tasting Event.

Creating your own Irish Whiskey Day Tasting event is quite simple, but it does require a little advance planning and preparation.

Design and Print Your Irish Whiskey Day Tasting Mat Menu

First, design your own Irish Whiskey Tasting Mat or Menu Card. If you are skilled in the use of Photoshop or graphic design this is a fairly simple task to complete. For those who are more challenged in this area, you can download a ready to go, programmable Irish Whiskey Tasting Mat in PDF format for just €5 over at IrishWhiskeyDay.Com.

Irissh Whiskey Day Tasting Mat designed by Irish Whiskey Blogger Stuart McNamara for Irish Whiskey Day

Download a fully customisable Irish Whiskey Day Tasting Mat at

Once you have downloaded your Whiskey Tasting Mat Menu file, you can fill in the details of your Irish Whiskey Day event and location by clicking in the two free title block fields.

Fill in a Name and Description, Nose, Taste and Finish notes and upload an image for each of the six Irish Whiskeys you have chosen to feature on your tasting menu.

Select Your Irish Whiskey Day Whiskeys

As you can see, we recommend  6 different Irish Whiskey expressions for a really great tasting event using 20 ml samples. A standard whiskey serving in an Irish bar is 35 ml.

I’d reccomend starting with the whiskeys which are lighter in style and strength and build from 1 to 6 as the tasting progresses.

A suggested hand rail could be as follows.

A light entry-level Blended Irish Whiskey such as Jameson, Teeling Small Batch, Powers, Black Bush or Tullamore D.E.W..
Teeling Small Batch Whiskey Irish Blended Whiskey

Teeling Small Batch Whiskey Irish Blended Whiskey

A Single Grain Irish Whiskey such as Hyde 1916, Teeling Single Grain or Kilbeggan Single Grain.

A straight Single Malt Irish Whiskey such as Pearse 5, Knappogue Castle, Hyde, Teeling or Writers Tears.

Knappogue Castle 14 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Whiskey

A Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey such as Green Spot, Yellow Spot, Redbreast, Powers Three Swallow, Powers John’s Lane or Teeling.
Powers Three Swallow Single Pot Still and Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey on Irish Whiskey Day

Powers Three Swallow Single Pot Still and Teeling Small Batch

A Premium Blended Irish Whiskey with a Special Cask Finish such as Teeling Brabazon 2 (Port Finish), Portmagee 9 (Barbados Rum cask Finish),  Tullamore D.E.W. Trilogy (Bourbon, Oloroso and Rum Cask Finish) or The Irishman Founders Reserve (Marsala Cask Finish).
Portmagee 9 Year Old Irih Whiskey with a Barbados Rum Cask Finish. Irish Whiskey Day Blog by Irish Whiskey Blogger Stuart McNamara

Portmagee 9 Barbados Rum Cask Finish

A Cask Strength or nearly Cask Strength Irish Whiskey such as Redbreast 12, Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix, Writers Tears Cask Strength, Writers Tears Cask Strength or Boann Cask Strength.
Writers Tears Cask Strength / Bot.2017 Blended Irish Whiskey

Writers Tears Cask Strength / Bot.2017 Blended Irish Whiskey


This is just an example to show beginners to Irish Whiskey Tasting how it could be done. Your own list will of course reflect your own personal preferences and local availability of Irish Whiskey brands and expressions where you live.

For each place setting you will need.

Irish Whiskey Day Tasting Event Place Setting Example designed by Irish Whiskey Blogger Stuart McNamara

  • Whiskey Tasting Mat as described above
  • Six 20 ml measures per mat. These can be shot glasses or the plastic disposable shot glasses are commonly sold as tubes of 50 in discount stores.
  • One Nosing and Tasting Glass such as  Tuath Irish Whiskey Glass or Glencairn whisky Tasting Glass. Other glasses such as small tulip shaped sherry or port glasses can also be used. Ideally, a nosing and tasting glass should be widest at the level of the whiskey measure and should narrow slightly at the top to focus the aromas near your nose.
  • Drinking water (room temperature with ice) and glass per place setting. Tap water is fine but let it stand for at least 30 minutes before the tasting.
  • A small jug of tap water (room temperature) to be used to add water to your tasting sample during the tasting.
  • I would personally discourage the use of ice or whiskey stones in tastings as their use numbs your tongue and senses.
  • A small ceramic (non transparent) jug or vase which guests can use to dispose of unfinished tasting samples.
  • Food pairings can also be fun. Again, use lighter flavoured foods at the start and leave your more robust flavours for the more premium whiskeys at the end of your tasting menu. Cheeses, smoked fish and meats,  canapés and even chocolate can all pair well with Irish Whiskey.

If you are running a large event, it can be a nice idea to welcome your guests with an Irish Whiskey Cocktail and finish the event with either an Irish Coffee or a Hot Irish Whiskey served with Irish Chocolates.

Please enjoy Irish Whiskey Day responsibly. I would recommend 2o ml tasting samples if tasting six whiskeys at a single event.

Finally, don’t forget to share what you are doing on Irish Whiskey Day this Sunday with #IrishWhiskeyDay.

Irissh Whiskey Day Tasting Mat designed by Irish Whiskey Blogger Stuart McNamara for Irish Whiskey Day

Download a fully customisable Irish Whiskey Day Tasting Mat at Irish Whiskey Day .Com.


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Stuart McNamara (@WhiskeyBlogger) is an international Whiskey Blogger who edits several International Whisk(e)y and Whiskey Tourism sites including and He is Chair of the Irish Craft And Artisan Distilleries Association (ICADA) and is an elected member of the National Council of ISME, the Irish SME Association. He is also the creator and editor of International Irish Whiskey Day which is celebrated on 3/3 or 3rd March each year and had a global social media reach in 2021 of over 20 Million. He is a Director of Portmagee Whiskey and has also acted as both a brand and product development consultant to several other Irish Whiskey and other spirits producers.

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