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Irish whiskey roaring back after decades of decline

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Karen Gregory, a tourist from Oklahoma, visited Dublin this week, inhaled an aroma of malted barley at Teeling Whiskey Distillery, and picked a side in a centuries-old contest. “Definitely Irish.

It’s lighter and brighter. Scotch is too heavy.”The crowd of visitors merrily sipping neat whiskeys, whiskey cocktails and whiskey-infused coffees suggested more converts to the Irish side of a rivalry that has pitted two venerable traditions in a battle for market domination.Ireland’s distilleries prevailed in the 19th century, accounting for more than 60% of sales in the US, before disaster struck.

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