2 Gingers has undergone a meteoric rise in the world of Irish whiskey. First created by a bar owning Minnesotan (by way of Ireland) in 2011, 2 Gingers gained enough notoriety that Beam Suntory acquired it in 2012 with ambitions of nationwide distribution. Kieran Folliard, the father of 2 Gingers, earned an undisclosed price and was named “Chief Irish Whiskey Ambassador in the U.S.” by Beam, which might go down as the most badass title the world has ever seen; sorry Phil Tippett.
Folliard’s brainchild isn’t the best whiskey I’ve ever had, though it’s not the worst. It’s middle of the road, not because of any overwhelming flavors or undesirable traits, but because it lacks anything distinctive. If subtlety was the goal, mission over accomplished.
Upon initial pouring, 2 Gingers greets you with a slight yet distinct honey aroma that never dissipates. Indeed, honey is the most dominant flavor here, and it provides a gentle smoothness that makes 2 Gingers pleasant enough. I’d recommend it to any friends who have trouble drinking the spicier liquors, and I imagine it makes the perfect cocktail base if your sole purpose is to get drunk without tasting anything.
All said, 2 Gingers isn’t a horrible way to spend $20. The fact that it originates in the Kilbeggan Distillery, Ireland’s oldest licensed distillery that’s been operating for the past 260 years, is a solid enough reason to try it out, and it’s a feel-good story of a small, family oriented venture bursting onto the world stage. I’m happy to have tried it for that reason alone, though I won’t be hoarding it like I am my Port Ellen.