Whiskey Tasting
Monday-Sunday: Opens 11am

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Right now at the Joyce...


Come in and try our Whisky Tasting Paddle!

Select from your choice of 4 whisky's and receive a 1/2 oz taste to compare between:


Irish Whisky

Scotch Whiskey

Canadian Whiskey 

American Whiskey


Calgary's largest selection of whisky


With over 30 types of whiskey behind the bar and the expertise of our bar staff, you'll be sure to find your blend at The James Joyce Irish Pub!


It is believed that whiskey, uisce beatha, or water of ife, was first produced in Ireland. The art of distillation is thought to have been brought by Irish missionaries from the Mediterranean around 500 or 600 A.D. and whiskey making flourished in Ireland during the reign of Elizabeth I, 1558-1603, (who was apparently quit fond of it).


Although there have been major technological advances in the making of whiskey, the traditional personal touch is still required. The entire distilling process must be directed with instinctive skill and judgement by the distiller and his still-men, a proficiency which comes with years of experience.


Irish whiskey is made from a mixture of malted and unmalted barely, yeast, and water. Three types of Whiskey can be produced: Light pot still, medium (Middleton Mod Pot), and heavy (Trad Pot). After three distillations, the stillman can produce a heavy whiskey by capturing the latter part of the 'run' which has the heavier oils. Lighter uses more of the central part of the 'run', which is also higher in alcoholic strength.


The maturing whiskey is stored for years in vast, dark, aromatic warehouses. While the whiskey matures, there is a complex interaction between the whiskey, natural wood extracts, and the air which 'breathes' through the wood of the cask, giving a superb, mellow bouquet to the whiskey.


Check the websites of these famous whiskey makers for more information on their history and processes: Bushmills, Jameson, Kilbeggan, Tullamore Dew, Greenore Single Grain