Battle of the Whiskey Nations: Lock-in Livestream

July 4, 2020

I took my life in my hands last night challenging a certified Bourbon steward to an American Whiskey vs Irish Whiskey battle, especially considering my dubious qualifications.

Michael Cowman, also known as The Paddy Prince, was the qualified and very objective moderator and judge and the competition was tough.

I chose Redbreast 12 CS and Bushmills 21 to represent the Irish corner, using their history as a foundation for my rousing stump speech in defense and promotion of Irish whiskey.

My American challenger, Leigh-Ann Simms brought Uncle Nearest and Old Pogue and shared stories from her birthplace of Louisville, Kentucky to support her cause and promotion of American whiskey.

It was a belter of a debate and I flew the Irish flag hard….

Who was the winner? Did Michael Cowman cry? Why did he bring a baseball bat? Who wore a flag as their costume? Did a song break out?

You’ll only find out if you give it a watch!


Irish whiskeys sipped this week:

  • Redbreast 12 Cask Strength B2/19
  • Bushmills 21


Join Barry Chandler, founder and host of Stories & Sips every Friday live on Facebook and YouTube at 7pm EST/4pm PST.

Each week Barry opens up a few different Irish whiskeys and invites a guest or two to join for conversation and craic.

The Lock-in Livestream is a great chance to raise a glass to our health, one another and another week under our belt.

Irish whiskey brings people together. Each Friday 1000s of Irish whiskey fans come together in one place – the Lock-in Livestream. Mark your calendar for this weekly celebration of all things Irish whiskey.