Irish whiskeys have long-lived in the shadow of Scotch. In fact, in 2006 there were just three whiskey distilleries in all of Ireland. Today, there are 12. Whiskey sales are skyrocketing worldwide and Irish whiskeys are well poised to grow their market share. Here are 6 great Irish whiskeys worth sampling for St. Patrick’s Day:
2 Gingers Irish Whiskey
A more budget-friendly pick, 2 Gingers hasn’t been around long, but it’s growing in popularity thanks to it being smooth and an easy-drinking alternative to Jameson at the same price point.
$30 – Buy Here
Tullamore Dew 12-Year Special Reserve Irish Whiskey
This Teeling whiskey leads an interesting life in its 13-years. It starts off in ex-bourbon barrels, then moves to Calvados casks as it reaches maturity. You end up with a whiskey that tastes like boozy spiced apple pie.
$108 – Buy Here
Connemara 12-Year Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey
This is a bold whiskey in terms of flavor profile. That being said, this peated Irish whiskey is still quite smooth and very drinkable. It’s also highly coveted by whiskey enthusiasts due to its limited availability.
$86 – Buy Here
Green Spot Leoville Barton Bordeaux Finished Irish Whiskey
There are several Green Spot whiskeys I could include in this list, but this one. in particular, is a real testament to what flavors can be achieved in whiskey depending on what barrels are used in the aging process. By using barrels from a Bordeaux winery, notes of berries are added to the conventional spice and apple normally found in most Irish whiskeys. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, this is an excellent choice.
$52 – Buy Here
Redbreast 12-Year Single-Pot Irish Whiskey
This is a traditional single-pot Irish whiskey from Redbreast. It’s a solid and well-ranking option at a great price. A number of the distiller’s whiskeys have taken home big awards over the years, any pick from them will serve you well.
$44 – Buy Here
Jameson Gold Reserve Irish Whiskey
Standard blended Jameson isn’t anything to write home. But, their Gold Reserve is worthy of a spot on our list. The Gold Reserve has been awarded top ranks in the whiskey industry’s more notable media, a great blended whiskey.
$59 – Buy Here
Bonus pick: A historic old bottle of whiskey from an undisclosed Irish distillery. Estimated to date back to the 1940s.
$884 – Buy Here