D.C. sommelier ‘duels’ Irish whiskey, single malt expertise

The Whiskey Room places as much importance in its whiskey education as it does in its collection. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
The collection of whiskies at The Whiskey Room is one that's growing. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
With its collection, The Whiskey Room offers customers a signature whiskey experience: "duels" of two different whiskies, served side-by-side. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
"We sort of get people in with the idea of the duels, you can try these extremes, and then if you want to know more about that, then we're here to give you an entire flight, to talk you through the range, to move beyond that into a little bit more of the nuance of whiskey," says Rachael Ewing. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
The Whiskey Room also serves small plates, such as the WR Poutine: french fries, crumbled lamb, goat cheese and McDonnell's Irish curry sauce. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
The Whiskey Room also serves small plates, such as the smoked salmon blini. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
"Irish whiskey is what's new, it's what's upcoming," says Rachael Ewing, who is the whiskey sommelier at The Whiskey Room. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
The Whiskey Room is part of Rí Rá in Georgetown. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
The Whiskey Room also serves a menu for small plates. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)

WASHINGTON — There’s no doubt the local bars will be filled-to-the-brim on St. Patrick’s Day with stumbling holiday enthusiasts who had their fill of green beer and cabbage.

But those looking to get a real education in a celebrated slice of Irish culture can find one on a long mahogany bar in a curved glass at R

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