To toast St. Patrick’s Day this Sunday, we catch up with Irish crumpet Jamie Dornan, whose Fifty Shades Darker co-star, Dakota Johnson, said she drank whiskey to prep for the movie’s sex scenes. “We’ve got a great sort of love and respect for each other,” Dornan told ET Online in 2017. OK, Jamie, but you were a chiselled sociopath in The Fall, too.
Having kissed Christian Grey and the FS trilogy goodbye, Dornan is now making amends for all that silliness in A Private War, playing a photographer who worked with legendary U.S. battle-zone correspondent Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike). Colvin, recognized by the patch she wore after losing an eye in an ambush, died on the job in Syria in 2012.
On a brighter note, Nick Moyle of iNews brings us his top 10 Irish whiskies for sipping on March 17. Moyle covers four categories: single malt, single pot still, grain and blended. His choice for the best intro to the nation’s single malts: Bushmills 10-year-old.
“It has deeper notes of earthy grains and smooth chocolate with lighter touches of honey and orange, which all gradually reveal themselves in more detail as the night draws on,” Moyle says. “A clean finish sprinkled with oak and pepper steadily fades as you put down the glass for more sociable chatter.” Sounds like our kind of evening.
Best new blend? Slane Irish Whiskey. “Its clean oak and grain flavours are coated with a creamy and fruity sweetness,” Moyle writes. “It’s great to sip neat but we think it would also make a versatile cocktail choice.”
Moyle’s fave new experimental Irish whiskey is Kinahan’s KASC, a blend aged in a barrel made of chestnut plus oak from four countries. Think cinnamon, nutmeg and, of course, wood, “joined by a gooey Danish pastry sweetness that helps to soften the experience.” Not a hard sell.
Wait, this one goes to 11. The New York Times flags Kilbeggan Distilling Co.’s Small Batch Rye, calling it a rare breed. Reportedly one of Ireland’s oldest distilleries, Kilbeggan has brought rye back to the Emerald Isle by making it 30% of this copper still blend. Sláinte!