Patrick’s Day Special – Top Irish Whiskey
As St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are well and truly in motion, the Bevvy of the Week, this week is all things Irish Whiskey.
We are spoilt for choice these days with the amount of good Irish whiskey there is on offer, and over the years I have featured many of them here on The Life of Stuff as a ‘Bevvy of the Week‘.
I compiled a similar list to this feature a handful of years ago with some of my all time favourite whiskeys, but as Irish Whiskey keeps on growing, and keeps getting more popular, there are plenty more to add.
Hope you enjoy the selection, they’re in no particular order, and have a very happy St Patrick’s Day.
This is a great whiskey and probably one of my favourites. This whiskey is made in the North of Ireland but the grain that is used to make this great drink comes from Midleton in the South, and has been since the 1970’s. Read more here.
Proclamation Irish Whiskey
Really enjoyed this whiskey. Soft, subtle fruit aromas on the nose that follow through to the palate. There’s a touch of sweetness present from being distilled and aged in American oak and finishes with a lingering toasty feel. Read more here.
Powers Three Swallows
Powers Three Swallow Release is a single pot still whiskey produced in the Midleton Distillery in Cork and it really is a tasty brew. Aromas of spice, herbs and wood follow on to the palate. Read more here.
Jameson Black Barrel
I must say I am very impressed with Jameson Black Barrel. The charred barrel gives the whiskey a true character. This whiskey is exceptionally smooth and creamy, full of spice and vanilla with a soft fruitiness to boot. Read more here.
Teeling Small Batch Whiskey
Teeling Whiskey is aged in rum casks which gives the whiskey a nice sweetness that is notable on the nose and follows through on the palate. It packs a punch at 46% but having said that it is quite smooth. Read more here.
The Liberator Irish Whiskey, Port ‘N’ Peat
This Irish whiskey expresses aromas of figs and biscuits, with mouth-filling flavours of fruits, and a touch of caramel. A hint of sweetness is delivered from the port casks and the complimentary presents of the peated malts to finish is just perfect. Read more here.
Teeling Single Malt
Here’s an excerpt from Edwina’s review on the Teeling Whiskey Distillery in Dublin ‘Our whiskey tastings were all ready and waiting for us along with a glass of water and a straw. As mentioned the option we availed of was the Teeling Trinity Tasting – Small Batch, Single Grain and Single Malt’. Read more here
This Irish whiskey won the best blended whiskey for under €50 in the Irish Whiskey Awards 2013, and there’s no wonder why as this is a very enjoyable whiskey. Read more here
The Dubliner Irish Whiskey
This whiskey is aged in bourbon casks and is a blend of single malt and grain whiskey. Ageing the whiskey in bourbon cask gives the whiskey a smooth slightly sweet style. Read more here.
Green Spot is matured for six to seven years, linseed and menthol are the dominant characters with some great sherry notes coming through. Read more here
Yellow Spot 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Whiskey. Aged for no less than 12 years in a number of different casks, American, sherry and Spanish Malaga, the latter adding sweetness, this is a wonderful whiskey. Read more here
Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old
Knappouge Castle 12 Year Old has aromas of vanilla and freshly baked bread, nicely balanced on the palate with a nice richness and a fresh and light fruit character. Read more here
Grace O’Malley Blended Irish Whiskey
This is a very smooth Irish whiskey. Aromas of caramel with that malty character very present on the nose. Soft fruitiness followed through to the palate and the finish is sweet with a touch of spice. Read more here.
These whiskeys are just a taste of what’s on offer, so if you choose one of the above or go for something different just remember, Keep it Irish.
Happy Paddy’s Day,
Feature Image by Phil Cruz – CCO Licence
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