Whisky for the Giro

2014-05-07 16.34.38Tomorrow, Thursday 8th May 2014, the Giro d’Italia rolls into Belfast for the start of the 2nd biggest cycle race in the world.

Whisky Comedian and cycling commentator Alan Anderson is hosting a Giro themed whisky tasting at Hudson’s Bar, Gresham St, Belfast. 8pm £10.

The full list of whiskies to be tasted is:


Aberfeldy 12 yo 40%
Arran Amarone cask 50%
Edradour Barolo cask 11yo 58.3%
Gordon & Macphail Caol Ila Sassicaia cask 18yo 45%
Springbank Gaja Barolo cask 9yo 54.7%
Puni Alba Marsala cask 43%


Plus Michael Morris is getting something unusual from Bushmills.

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As you can see there is an Italian whisky, an Irish whiskey, 4 Scotch whiskies aged or finished in Italian wine casks and one Scotch with a very special connection to a Giro D’Italia rider.

Bushmills, the UK’s oldest distillery, is on the route of Stage 2 from Belfast around the Antrim Coast past the Giant’s Causeway then back to Belfast.

Italy’s Puni Distillery is only 5 miles from the famous Passo Stelvio which the peleton will climb on Stage 16.

Aberfeldy, the backbone of Dewars, has a very special connection with the UK’s greatest ever climber.

Springbank is the closest Scottish distillery to the Giro route.

Every drop of Arran whisky leaves the island by ferry, from which you can look down the Firth of Clyde to Northern Ireland. Similar with Caol Ila from Islay.

Aberfeldy & Edradour overlook the route of the UK’s biggest cycle sportive – Etape Caledonia.

Have I grasped enough straws to make connections between the whiskies and the Giro d’Italia?