Bushmills Wild Mushroom Soup

1 oz. dried porcini mushrooms (soaked in warm water and finely chopped)
1 cup warm water
olive oil
2 leeks-finely sliced
2 shallots-chopped
1 clove garlic-chopped
8 ozs. fresh wild mushrooms -chopped
4 cups beef stock
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 cup double cream
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
Sprigs of fresh thyme to garnish
3 capfuls Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey

Serves four

In large saucepan, sauté leeks, shallots and garlic in butter and oil until soft, stirring frequently (about 5 minutes).

Add wild mushrooms and stir over a medium heat until they begin to soften. Add beef stock and bring to a boil. Add the porcini, soaking liquid, thyme and salt and pepper. Lower the heat, half cover the pan and simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pour about 3/4 of the soup into a food processor and blend until smooth. Combine with remaining soup, add heavy cream and heat through. Check the consistency, adding more stock or water if the soup is too thick. Add 3 caps of Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey. Season to taste. Serve hot, garnished with sprigs of fresh thyme.