THERE ARE Irish bands and then there’s The Pogues.
Founded in London back in 1982, the band originally went by the name Pogue Mahonem which is Irish Gaelic for póg mo thóin, meaning "kiss my arse".
They may have shortened down their name to The Pogues, but they never quite got around to cleaning up their act.
Not that it matters. A force to be reckoned with on the stage, The Pogues’ career has been punctuated by a string of hit songs, both old and new.
The likes of U2 may have sold more records but The Pogues had more heart than most and, thanks to songs like Fairytale of New York, continue to be celebrated to this day.
In fact, one West Cork distillery has taken their love of The Pogues to the next logical step: with a whiskey celebrating another fine Irish export.
The Pogues Single Malt Whiskey is the distillery’s second tribute to the cult band following on from a blended whiskey.
It’s the perfect tribute to a band that has blended the traditional with the punk, both poetic and brilliantly abrasive at the same time.
This blended whiskey is now followed by The Pogues Single Malt Whiskey is triple distilled and matured in Bourbon barrels.
Bottled at 40% ABV, it presents aromas of nuts and chocolate along with lightly floral and roasty notes, as well as malt and spiciness.
Arriving just in time for Christmas, it could be the perfect way to toast December 25 and the New Year to follow.
Just don’t overdo it or you could end up in the drunk tank come Christmas eve.