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Whiskey for a Cause


During the crisp fall season, there are not many things I rather be doing then wrapping myself in a cozy sweater and sipping a fine whiskey.  New Yorkers have returned to the city from their summer getaways and bars and restaurants are buzzing with locals once again.  It never fails that once October comes, I get a resurgence of excitement about living in one of the greatest cities in the world.  With a multitude of things to do in this city, I turn to my whiskey friends to fill up my weekends.

A few weeks ago I was delighted to meet Tullamore D.E.W. Brand Ambassador Eimear Kelleher.  Fresh to this new adventure, Eimear has already tapped into the NYC whiskey scene.  She is partnering with Irish designer, Sinéad Lawlor to celebrate whiskey for a cause.  Sinéad has designed limited edition one of a kind labels for Tullamore D.E.W. to celebrate the work being done at the Susan G. Komen foundation.  This Sunday, October 26th from 6 to 8PM Eimear and Sinéad invite you to be a part of the unveiling of the limited edition bottles.  The event is at Whitman & Bloom where there will be custom created whiskey cocktails (appropriately in the shade of pink).  So if you are a fan of the whiskey, stop by for an evening of fine drinks and design in support of a great cause!

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Glasses Up to Saint Patrick’s Day!

Loyal fans, thank you for always checking into my blog!  I have been traveling for the past couple of months and have unfortunately been missing in action on The Whiskey Dame.

The good news is that I’ve been all over the nation (and soon Scotland) and have learned about whisk(e)y from the people who love drinking it!


In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day I bring you a toast to the Irish.

Glasses up to the lighthearted

Keep their rebellion alive

Let their stories become legends

And their legends become lives.

And to the Irish Spirits

Keep them mirthful and true

Let their strong souls be quenched

With a Tullamore Dew!

A Taste of Irish True

New York City is full of exciting events at legendary venues each and every night of the week. Mornings over coffee are filled with gossip about the elite access and private parties that lit up the city the night before. Last night I was lucky enough to be one of 24 guests to attend an event of this kind. The exclusive venue happened to be the Consul General of Ireland’s private penthouse residence and the celebrity of the evening was a vintage bottle of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey.

The evening was hosted by Mr. Noel Kilkenny, Consul General of Ireland, and Mrs. Hanora O’Dea Kilkenny, and struck a beautiful balance of the storied legacy and the bright future of Tullamore D.E.W. Upon stepping off the elevator onto the 52nd floor, I was warmly welcomed by Mr. Noel Kilkenny, his wife, and their two Labrador Retrievers to their impressive duplex penthouse. The evening began under the setting sun with delicious Tullamore D.E.W. cocktails served on the 360 degree wrap-around balcony. After a few cocktails and some wonderful whiskey conversation, the breathtaking group of elite NYC guests were ushered down to the first floor where a proper tasting was awaiting.

Welcomed by the charming and witty Brand Ambassador Tim Herlihy, guests were immersed into the Irish True world of Tullamore D.E.W. This year the brand is building its future by strengthening the ties to its past. The renovated state of the art Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre in Ireland has been re-opened; returning distillation of the liquid to the town of Tullamore for the first time since 1959. This bit of information provided a perfect segue into the main event of the night, tasting whiskey! Tim had with him a stash of three very different but equally beautiful expressions of Tullamore D.E.W, giving guests a taste of the past and the future.

The first whiskey we tasted, Tullamore D.E.W. Private Stock, was from the old distillery. This bottle was so rare that it is the only bottle the company has and the bottle so unique that upon cracking the seal Tim was surprised to find he would need a corkscrew to actually open it! Distilled in 1940 this Single Pot Still whiskey was aged in Bourbon casks and pulled from Daniel E. Williams private stock. The gorgeous liquid was extremely smooth with a burst of spice on the palate.

The second whiskey, Tullamore D.E.W. 1970S, is another extinct bottle. Distilled in 1948 in a coffee-still, the liquid was a blend which was truly pioneering for the time. The whiskey, produced at the old St. John’s Lane distillery in Dublin, was triple distilled and triple blended created with the American palate in mind.

Finally, we enjoyed Tullamore D.E.W. number three. Lucky for us, it is still available! Matured in Bourbon and Sherry casks the liquid remains true to the heritage of Tullamore D.E.W. This bottle featured new packaging paying homage to where the liquid came from and the man himself who made all of this possible

It’s hard to say which whiskey was my favorite as they all were so unique and beautiful in their own way. At any rate, I must admit that I am one lucky lady to have been able to taste a bit of two now extinct bottles of Tullamore D.E.W!

Photography by FYM Productions


A Toast to Irish True

It’s that time of year when strings of paper shamrocks line store front windows, the color green dyes everything from beer to bagels, and girls pull out their “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” tank tops.  On March 17th people all over the United States set out for a day of drinking and feasting to celebrate their inner Irish American.  Once properly dressed, they set out in packs lining up at the most “Irish” pub around and ordering pints of Guinness and shots of Jameson.

Americans have long embraced the tradition of St. Patrick’s day, but it seems to have become a bit of a frat party instead of a day honoring the true Irish spirit.  The Irish are mirthful and jovial, emotional and devoted while being rebellious and poetic at the same time.  They have strong souls and light hearts with a mystery in their laugh and a twinkle in their eye.  Their stories become legends passed through Irish generations, complete with a bit of whiskey raised to quick wit and sealed with a toast.

In celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day I raise a glass of Tullamore Dew to three extraordinary Irish women who embody the spirit of what being Irish is all about. 

Grace O’Malley

To her knowledge and her fight

And the respect from her men

As they captured the night

Pirate queen she had been


Raise a glass to the rebel

And her love for the sea

A song on her life shall prevail

As we share this whiskey!


Sister Sarah Clarke

Here’s to the pressure she faced

And the inmates embraced

As her life she invested

Freeing the wrongly arrested


Known for loving the sinner

But for hating the sin

Glasses up to a winner

Drink to her and her kin!


Catherine Hayes

Her life beginning in rags

Soon turned in to treasures

Singing songs while she worked

Made her presence a pleasure


A born opera star

Claimed the first of her kind

With a glass in your hand

Cheers to her for all time!


Cheers to a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Sweet Tooth With a Touch of Bourbon

Around 3PM each afternoon my sweet tooth kicks in as I scour the office for a left over piece of Dairy Milk from a UK visitor or what crumbs remain of the cookies from yesterday’s board meeting.  Usually I am left with a choice between a bowl of apples or a Tullamore Dew and Coke.  Knowing that pouring a whiskey mid-day is not the most responsible choice I started thinking about other ways to incorporate the delicious spirit into something sweet to conquer my craving. 

What could be better then Bourbon infused desserts?  The mildly sweet, smooth spirit is perfect for dribbling over cake, pouring out of the center of fried dough, or making a creamy milkshake buzz worthy.  Below are some of my NYC addictions. 

Where to go: Jane’s Sweet Buns – Pastries inspired by cocktails. 

Have your cake and drink it to!  The shops spit fire owneress, Jane Danger, has a bartending background at the renowned Cienfuegos but has traded her cocktail shaker in for a bakers sheet and rolling pin.

What to order: The Old Fashion  Pecans, Bourbon, Sugar, Vanilla, Angostura Bitters are combined to create this perfectly sticky treat.

Find it here: 102 St. Marks Place between 1st Ave/Avenue A NYC 10009


 Where to go: Flex Mussels

Shhh…it’s a secret.  Well, kind of!  After a meal of some of the most unique mussel dishes prepare to indulge in an off-menu collection of warm donuts injected with some of your favorite booze libations. 

What to order: Instead of grabbing the rather usual desert menu, pass it up and slyly ask for “the donuts” instead.  You will not be disappointed with the fluffy sugar rolled circles of dough oozing with a creamy spiked center.  Hopefully you will get the Maker’s Mark Caramel!

Find it here: 154 West 13th Street (Between 6th and 7th Avenues)


 Where to go: Burger & Barrel

A modern take on traditional foods.  Try a burger smothered in bacon jam but make sure to follow up with a milkshake for adults only!

What to order: The Caramel Twist.  The smooth mix of vanilla ice cream and sticky caramel sauce is complimented by the sweet burn of Maker’s Mark bourbon.  If you must, skip the burger and go straight for the dessert!

Find it here: 25 West Houston Street, NYC at the corner of Mercer Street


Where have you found amazing spiked sweets?