So how did I not know how good an Irish whiskey can be? After all this time, I had never really tried one. I started drinking bourbon years ago. Tried Scotch and thought it was horrible... until I tried MacCallan, which was OK, but nothing to write home about. Then a coworker introduced me to Lagavulin... Oh, my goodness. Just heavenly. So now I'm a fan of single-male Islay Scotch, and still like my bourbon. But still hadn't tried Irish whiskey. Even though my ancestors carried the family name here from Ireland. Not that I knew that until fairly recently, but that's another story. Somewhere along the way I tried some Jameson, and was completely unimpressed. Then my son had me try Powers. Night and day. Amazing stuff. I'm going to have to take a trip over to Ireland and see what other treasures lie there. There probably hasn't been a member of the family set foot on Irish soil from before the Revolution until two years ago when my son took his new bride there (her family is all Irish; by now we're only a small fraction) but the family name & crest still waves in the breeze over Galway. Happy Saturday night, everyone.