10 Amazing Irish Whiskey Choices
Whiskey can be a little confusing with all its varieties and origins. There’s Canadian whiskey, scotch, and bourbon to name a few. Basically, Irish whiskey differs because of its geographic origin and distilling method. Some people say it’s the lighter, more sophisticated whiskey cousin but it’s up to personal opinion. Neat, on the rocks, or mixed with ginger and lime, try some of these Irish whiskey’s to mix up your next soirée.
When You’re Feelin’ A Classic: Jameson Triple Distilled Irish Whiskey
If you walk into a bar and order Irish whiskey, this is most likely what you’ll be served. That’s because it’s reasonably priced, smooth and a classic. Influensters love this liquor, and 126 reviews’ gave it 4.5 stars.
When You’re Feelin’ Bold: Bushmills Irish Whiskey Black Bush 1 Liter
Another Irish whiskey classic, Bushmills is Ireland’s oldest whiskey. This whiskey is matured in sherry casks, which give it a rich, fruity flavor. Best over ice or neat, Influensters said Black Rush was high-end but affordable.
When You’re Saving Money: William Grant & Sons Ltd. Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
This is the original Tullamore whiskey, which has hints of fresh fruit, vanilla and toasted wood. One Influenster said this was the smoothest whiskeys they’ve had because it lacked the telltale bite of cheap Irish whiskey. With 4.5 stars, it’s hard to argue with those positive reviews!
When You’re Feelin’ Smooth: Redbreast Irish Whiskey 12 Year Reserve
When you’re looking for a smooth blend, Redbreast 12-year reserve is the way to go. This top-shelf blend is rich, sweet, and clean. Despite the expensive price tag, this liquor is a perfect gift and a great choice for your next upscale party.
**When You’re Feelin’ Indulgent: Bushmills 21-year Single Malt
This Irish whiskey is the real deal. Aged for 21 years in bourbon barrels, sherry casks and lastly in Madiera drums, this limited release old malt is for a night of celebration. The palate consists of honeyed cloves and hazelnuts for a delicate taste. Irish whiskey connoisseurs rave over this liquor.
When You’re Feelin’ Lucky: Green Spot Irish Whiskey
With only 500 bottles manufactured a year, you’d be lucky to nab one. Made with a blend of 7- and 8-year-old pure pot still whiskey (particular style whiskey made at a single brewery), this whiskey is hard to find but soon will be distributed in more places in the U.S. Well-priced for its scarcity and prestige, this is one blend you’ll want to search for.
When You’re Feelin’ Classic with a Twist: Jameson 18 Year Limited Reserve
The fancy cousin of the original, this 18-year-old blend is the best pick of the Jameson range. This delectable blend features 3 whiskeys ranging from 18 to 23 years of age and tastes like toffee, spice, vanilla and a hint of fudge.
When You’re Feelin’ Traditional: Connemara Cask Strength
Smooth, sweet and a good traditional Irish whiskey, Connemara Cask Strength is bottled immediately out of the cask so you get an authentic taste. This blend is a different kind of Irish whiskey because it has a smoky taste and a slightly spicy finish.
When You’re Feelin’ Frugal: Powers Irish Whiskey
Don’t let the price fool you, this whiskey is as good as any top-shelf bottle. Triple-distilled and aged for 5-6 years in bourbon casks, Powers Irish whiskey has a rich, full taste that pairs nicely with coffee.
When You’re Feelin’ Zestful: Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey
We called this zestful because the Kilbeggan website says the palate has “good body”. Described as smooth and nutty, whiskey connoisseurs love this blend for mixing. This one is perfect for a party or when you want to serve guests mixed drinks.
We hope you enjoyed our review of the top ten Irish whiskeys. Already a fan of some of these? Let us know in the comments below!