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Tea, shrubs or old Irish whiskey?   The Freemans Journal “Dublin Trade Report” of October 18th, 1847, detailing the current market prices for sugar, tallow, tar, palm oil, timber, fruit, rum, rice, whiskey, tea and cocoa shells. Readers were informed that the market for tea was in “a most depressed state” but, in a more upbeat note, there was a greater demand than usual for older John Jameson whiskey:    - "Genuine North-Whiskey, Rasberry-Whiskey, and Whisky shrub" -   To understand how the matured spirit of 1 to 2 years could be considered as “old whiskey”, one needs to examine the evolution of whiskey maturation in Ireland, for it wasn’t until the austerity of the First World War, and the efforts of noted abolitionist Lloyd George in particular, that whiskey was required by law to spend a minimum of three years in a maturation cask. Since at least medieval times it was common practice to store, and transport, all sorts of commodit
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