Recently on "Thirsty Traveller" it was mentioned that the Protestant Irish tend to drink Bushmills and RC Irish tend to drink Jameson. I can attest that the Catholics I've met from deep Irish roots do tend to drink strictly Jameson and never Bushmills. I wondered, should we have our own brand of Whiskey? And if so which one or will one of the two suffice.
All one needs to do is look at the geographical location of the two; Jameson is made in the Republic of Ireland (predominantly Roman Catholic), while Bushmills is made in Northern Ireland (predominantly evil, loyalist theives
). All kidding aside, the issue is probably not as divisive as it once was (except probably here in the US), but it's still connected to The Troubles and shouldn't be so easily dismissed or ignored.