• Cyril McAree

THE TOP SHELF at The Morrison

The Morrison on Dublin’s Ormond Quay has launched a ground-breaking new Spirits menu, featuring a carefully curated collection across vodka, gin, cognac, rum, tequila, American whiskey, Irish whiskey, Taiwanese whiskey and Scotch, priced from €12 for a shot of Taiga Shtof Siberian Vodka to €160 for 35mls of Remy Louis XIII. Presented in a bespoke leather bound cover, ‘The Top Shelf’ concept was inspired by an increasing demand from Morrison diners and drinkers for something special, whether to finish a meal in The Morrison Grill or celebrating a successful day’s business in the Quay 14 bar. The keen and knowledgeable staff began identifying and gathering suitable spirits and ‘The Top Shelf’ was born, already proving popular in just its first weekend.

“We’re passionate about quality at The Morrison,” said General Manager Patrick Joyce. “These are some of the finest spirits available, now available to enjoy in the setting of our newly revamped and very stylish bar Quay 14. Our clientele expects the best, and The Top Shelf delivers that.” Each of the eighteen spirits is served in a perfectly tailored, appropriately shaped glass to encourage savouring the quality of the product. Some of the brands are exclusive to The Morrison in Dublin, such as the Ballykeefe Small Batch vodka and the Appleton Estate 21 YO rum, and with whiskeys aged up 28 years, this is a very special collection. Of particular note are the Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve Oak Rested Gin - €14 – a gin for free thinkers! Aged in French oak barrels, it has a lovely, gentle gold colour. The Teelings Vintage Reserve 28 year old - €52 - is not to be missed. Aged entirely in a single rum cask, it was distilled in 1989! Another aged classic is the Redbreast 1997 1st Fill Sherry Cask - €44, this has huge sherry cask richness. The Top Shelf menu includes: • Taiga Shtof Siberian Vodka - €12 • Ballykeefe Small Batch Vodka - €22.50 • Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve Oak Rested Gin - €14 • Remy Louis XIII Cognac - 15mls €60, 25mls €110, 35mls €160 • Remy Martin XO Cognac - €17 • Hennessy XO Cognac - €21 • Havana 15 year old Gran Reserva Rum - €22 • Appleton Estate 21 year old Rum - €32 • Gran Patron Burdeos Anejo Tequila - €60 • Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select American Whiskey - €17 • Midleton Barry Crockett Irish Whiskey - €29 • Teeling Vintage Reserve 28 year old - €52 • Redbreast 1997 1st Fill Sherry Cask Irish Whiskey - €44 • Tullamore Dew 18 year old Single Malt Irish Whiskey - €16 • Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength Taiwanese Whiskey - €22 • Glenmorangie Signet Scotch - €27 • Johnnie Walker Blue Scotch - €29 • Macallan Rare Cask Black Scotch - €84

The hotel’s bar and restaurant recently underwent a quarter of a million euro refurbishment. The always stylish hotel, which re-opened six years ago, is now lighter, brighter and more connected to the beat of its city centre location, making it the perfect place to linger, whether for a meeting, dining or drinking.

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