My wife and I just returned from several days in Ireland. We frequented several pubs and hotel bars in Dublin, Cork, Waterford, and Killarney. I made a point to check the shelves for bourbon. It’s pretty bleak. Every pub and bar carried JBW and Black Jack. Interestingly, I would estimate that two-thirds of the establishments carried Southern Comfort. I saw no other American whiskey. I was told that Powers is the No. 1 seller in Ireland. Jameson is the top export. I tried Powers for the first time and thought it was a very nice sipping whiskey. Guinness Stout is the national drink of Ireland. Our tour guide told us that Guinness is served free in nursing homes and to nursing mothers in hospitals. Really. Guinness is pretty tasty fresh right out of the tap. My wife really liked Bulmers Cider.
Our tour guide told us this Irish joke:
An Irishman who had a little too much to drink is driving home from the city one night and, of course, his car is weaving violently all over the road.
A cop pulls him over. "So," says the cop to the driver, "where have ya been?" "Why, I've been to the pub of course," slurs the drunk.
"Well," says the cop, "it looks like you've had quite a few to drink this evening." "I did all right," the drunk says with a smile.
"Did you know," says the cop, standing straight and folding his arms across his chest, "that a few intersections back, your wife fell out of your car?"
"Oh, thank heavens," sighs the drunk.
"For a minute there, I thought I'd gone deaf."