Things that can’t keep you warm: a swimsuit, an ice bath, your ex

Things that can keep you warm: a cozy sweater, a roaring fireplace, whiskey

We don’t have sweaters or a fireplace, but we have a few whiskey cocktails at truk’t that will heat you from the inside out on the coldest Wisconsin days.


jim beam black, giffard blackberry liqueur, smoked honey syrup, fresh lemon


templeton rye whiskey, st. george spiced pear liqueur, luxardo cherries, orange, angostura bitters, soda


few bourbon, carpano antica sweet vermouth, mandarine napoleon, lemon peel, mesquite smoke


st. george breaking & entering bourbon, giffard peach liqueur, lemon, mint, scrappy’s orleans bitters


rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters

5. (AGAIN)

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When the weather outside is frightful, the whiskey is so delightful. That’s the tune we’re singing this winter. Hop on over to truk’t and we’ll make sure you’re nice and toasty.

Ah, whiskey. The water of life.

And we’re not just saying that. The word “whiskey” actually comes from a Gaelic word that means “water of life.” So, it’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, right?


Lucky for us, the Irish know their s*** and make good whiskey. But, what makes it different from the rest? Two things: the grain they use and how the grain is distilled.


Irish whiskey is made from cereal grains, like a bran cereal. The flavors are unique to Ireland because of the location, the amount of rain they get and all the grains they have. Malted is expensive and tedious, but produces the most flavor, while blended starts with malted grains, then the addition of a neutral grain spirit, like another whiskey, makes the flavor lighter.

To get the best flavor in distilling, a single pot still is the way to go. It’s a copper pot where only one batch can be distilled at a time, so it’s, again, expensive and tedious, but the result’s flavor rings true to Irish whiskey when it all began.

A Coffey–or column–still continuously distills the whiskey to the point where it can turn into vodka if you leave it in long enough. You’ll find a lot of blended grains are distilled this way because you get a lighter, more neutral tasting whiskey.

The last step is aging it in barrels. The two rules of aging Irish whiskey are it must be aged for at least three years and the barrels can never leave Ireland. Easy enough.

If you read our blog on American whiskeys, you’d know they can only be aged in brand new barrels. So, what do they do with the used barrels? Ship them to Ireland.


Now that we’ve told you a little bit about how they make Irish whiskey, we need to tell you what Irish whiskey to drink on St. Paddy’s Day (and every other day).


Blended grains and distilling three times over give this house favorite its signature smoothness. Drink Jamo on the rocks, neat or in a cocktail. We’ll make you a good one.

Redbreast 12yr

Want to spice things up for St. Patrick? Try Redbreast 12 neat. It’s aged in bourbon-seasoned American oak barrels and Oloroso Sherry-seasoned Spanish oak butts, which add spicy, fruity, charred and sherry notes.

Tullamore D.E.W.

Also triple distilled, like Jameson, and aged in bourbon and sherry casks, like Red Breast, you’d think all Irish whiskeys are the same. Wrong-O. Tullamore D.E.W. is light and citrusy yet a little toasty with a vanilla finish. Take it like the traditional Irish whiskey drinkers with a few drops of water or on ice or neat.

Slane Irish Whiskey

This whiskey’s aged in three varieties of casks, virgin and seasoned casks and Oloroso sherry casks from Spain, then blended into one delicious whiskey. Take a crack at a glass of Slane neat for a smooth drink with notes of oak and spice.

Four Roses Bourbon

It’s not Irish, but it’s still good.

Skip the green beer this St. Paddy’s Day and give Irish whiskey the ol’ college try. You’ll be ready for a trip to Ireland in no time. Or a trip to truk’t for our selection of Irish whiskeys.


When whiskey newbies come to truk’t to try our selection, we get asked two questions. The first is, “What actually is whiskey?” Here’s the dictionary definition: It’s a distilled spirit made from grain mash, but different types of whiskey use different grains.

Here’s our definition: It’s a liquor. It goes down smooth. And it’s damn good.

The second question we’re asked is, “Is it whiskey or whisky?” Valid question because “whisky” looks like someone just forgot the E. The spelling actually depends on where the whiskey was made. Whisky is produced in Scotland, Canada or Japan, while whiskey is made in Ireland or the U.S.


If you read the title of this blog, you’d know we’re talking about two American whiskeys, bourbon and rye. Although rye can be made in other countries, it has to be made in the U.S. to be called an American whiskey, and bourbon also has to be made in America or else it’s not actually bourbon. The U.S. also has legal definitions for how rye and bourbon are produced.

Bourbon and rye whiskeys must be distilled at no higher than 160 proof, then bottled at no less than 80 proof and a maximum of 125 proof. (Want to find the alcohol percentage? Divide the proof in half.) They both must be aged in new, charred oak barrels AKA never-been-used barrels that have been burnt to a crisp on the inside. Once they’re in the barrels, rye and bourbon must be aged for two years before being called “straight.”

Even though they’re pretty similar, there’s one key difference: What’s in their mash bill.


Bourbon must be made from at least 51% corn with the remaining made from a combination of any other grain, like wheat or rye. Rye whiskey has to contain 51% rye (of course) and the rest can be wheat, rye and/or barley.

Different mash bills means different flavors. Rye has spicy tones and a drier taste, perfect for a Manhattan or a less sweet old fashioned. If you’re looking for a sweeter, full-bodied whiskey, give bourbon a try.


We love all of our bourbons and ryes at truk’t, otherwise we wouldn’t have them, but a few of our favorites include Journeyman Last Feather and Breckenridge Port Cask Finish.

The Port Cask Finish bourbon from Breckenridge Distillery is a little different from traditional bourbons. It’s aged for three years in oak barrels, then spends four to six months in Tawny Port casks to add fruitiness and soften the spice the bourbon gets from a high amount of rye in its mash bill.

Speaking of rye… Last Feather Rye Whiskey from Journeyman Distillery is 60% rye and 40% wheat, making it one of the few wheat-heavy rye whiskeys on the market.

Now that you’re an American whiskey expert, check out our full whiskey menu, then stop by truk’t to try a few. We’ll even teach you all there is to know about whisky ...and maybe tequila while we’re at it.

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