The President of Ireland Mary McAleese
&Dr. Martin McAleese
in honour of
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I I
&His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh
With Burren smoked salmon cream and lemon balm jelly,
horseradish and wild watercress
Kilkenny organic cold pressed rapeseed oil
Rib of Slaney Valley Beef, ox cheek and tongue
with smoked champ potato and fried spring cabbage,
new season broad beans and carrots with pickled and wild garlic leaf
Carrageen West Cork cream
With Meath strawberries, fresh yoghurt mousse
and soda bread sugar biscuits
Irish apple balsamic vinegar meringue
Irish Cheese Plate
Tea and Coffee
Cháteau de Fieuzal, 2005, Graves Pessac-Léognan
Cháteau Lynch-Bages, 1998, Pauillac
Exacutive Chef: Ross Lewis Caterers : With Taste
Held at Dublin Castle on the 18th May, 2011.
Mary O’ Callaghan, President The Irish Guild of Sommeliers
£100,000 whisky served up to celebrate Diamond Jubilee
It is 60 years (2012) since Queen Elizabeth came to the throne – and if you’re feeling particularly patriotic and flush, you can toast her reign with a £100,000 bottle of whisky.
Only 60 bottles of the Diamond Jubilee scotch, made by Johnnie Walker distiller Diageo, have been produced for sale, and are being offered to known collectors of rare and expensive whiskies.
Another single bottle will be given to the Queen.
The whisky is a blend of grain and malt whiskies all dating from 1952, and finished in casks made of oak from the Queen’s Sandringham estate.
In case you don’t have £100,000 to spare and are wondering what it tastes like, the master blender for all Johnnie Walker whiskies, Jim Beveridge, said he is “surprised and delighted” by the way the Jubilee whisky has turned out.
“With as whisky as old as 60 years, sometimes it can be a bit crusty and the flavours can be a bit subdued. But this one is very vibrant,” he said. “It has a fresh fruity flavour, and a finish which is smoky and also has anexotic fruit taste.”