The most influential people in Irish whiskey

15th March, 2015 by Amy Hopkins

Aeneas Coffey

Aeneas-Coffey-2In 1830 Irish inventor and distiller Aeneas Coffey designed the column still, transforming the future of Irish whiskey production. Up until that time all Irish whiskey was made in pot stills, but Coffey discovered a way to continuously distil grain to create a softer, lighter style of spirit that was easier to palate than Scotch.

A contemporary government publication described the invention as “the speediest and most economical device for preparing a highly concentrated spirit in a single operation”.

On his retirement from service, Coffey went into the distilling business and for a short time ran the Dock Distillery in Grand Canal Street, Dublin.

One Response to “The most influential people in Irish whiskey”

  1. Another one to watch is Irish Whiskey Writer Stuart McNamara who recently launched IrishWhiskey.com.

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