Once a dominating spirit in the United States, Irish whiskey’s popularity faded after prohibition. Only in the last decade or so has it started to gain momentum again – some even say it is the fastest growing category on the market – and now, it has quickly become the object of many a whiskey aficionado’s pursuit.
With St. Patrick’s day just around the corner, we thought we’d share five of our favorite Irish whiskies.
1. Jameson Irish Whiskey
Jameson is a true icon of Irish whiskey. A light and easy spirit with some honey and zest to it. Perfect for cocktails or a classic Irish coffee. Deserving of a permanent place in the liquor cabinet.
2. Jameson Black Barrel Select Reserve
Jameson’s Black Barrel Select Reserve is well worth the up-charge from regular Jameson. It has a nice body with a more substantial presence on the palate. Select Reserve shows a family resemblance to Jameson but with more complexity and intrigue, likely due to the fact that it is aged twice as long. Sip this one neat or on the rocks.
3. Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey
Powers Gold Label is peppery and sweet with a definite honey flavor at its core that will draw you in. A perfect sipper or extremely well-suited for a hot toddy. Powers is a high quality, handcrafted blended Irish whiskey.
4. Bushmill’s 10 Year Old Single Malt
Bourbon and Oloroso cask finishing imparts balanced and complex flavors that lean toward the sweet side in Bushmill’s 10 Year Old Single Malt. A slightly dry finish with lingering sherry cask mustiness. An excellent deal for the complexity it offers.
5. Redbreast 12 Year Old
Redbreast is a very refined single pot still Irish whiskey. 12 years of aging gives it a medium and slightly oily body. Brazil nut and orange peel interact delicately on the palate. Want to try one of the best Irish whiskies out there? This is the one.
Your favorite Irish whiskey not on the list? Chime in below with a recommendation.