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.
The collection of whiskies at The Whiskey Room is one that's growing.
With its collection, The Whiskey Room offers customers a signature whiskey experience: "duels" of two different whiskies, served side-by-side.
"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.
The Whiskey Room also serves small plates, such as the WR Poutine: french fries, crumbled lamb, goat cheese and McDonnell's Irish curry sauce.
The Whiskey Room also serves small plates, such as the smoked salmon blini.
"Irish whiskey is what's new, it's what's upcoming," says Rachael Ewing, who is the whiskey sommelier at The Whiskey Room.
The Whiskey Room is part of Rí Rá in Georgetown.
The Whiskey Room also serves a menu for small plates.

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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