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Illustration for article titled The Pogues tear down Irish stereotypes by releasing own brand of whiskey

It’s been a busy week already for music-related alcohol news, and now comes more: Irish folk-punk band The Pogues announces they’re releasing their own brand of whiskey. West Cork Distillers will be producing what they’re claiming is “Ireland’s highest malt-containing blended Irish whiskey,” with a label proclaiming it to be, “the official Irish whiskey of the legendary band.”


Putting their name on a bottle isn’t a terrible stretch for a band whose songs include “The Parting Glass,” “Drunken Boat,” “Mountain Dew,” and “Streams of Whiskey.” In fact, the latter song’s lyric, “I am going where streams of whiskey are flowing,” is inscribed on the neck of the bottle. The distillers describe the booze as having “a malty and floral flavor with notes of mild chocolate and citrus,” in case you were worried that wine snobs hadn’t broken into the whiskey world yet. Apparently, whiskey’s taken some big steps since you were in high school and it just burned your throat but you didn’t want your friends to find out you didn’t like it.

Pogues fans and connoisseurs of corn squeezins will be happy to learn that the band’s personal brand of white lightning will be available outside of Ireland, as it’s going on sale in the U.K. for £30 a bottle, and the distillers hope to take it to the U.S. and other countries soon.

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