About Irish Spirits

About Irish Spirits
Irish whiskey is almost as famous as the single malts from Scotland. The marketing point for most Irish whiskeys is that they are triple distilled, making them ultra smooth (most Scotch is double distilled). There are various types, ranging from blended to single pot still to single malt.

A typical Irish whiskey has flavors of smoked peat, honey and even notes of dried fruit and blossoms. The finish is long and spicy, often with notes of oak and hints of pepper. Some examples are aged in sherry barrels and display more of a roasted nut and toffee character.

Irish whiskeys are very popular with consumers in the US market.

There is also a few distillers in Ireland that distill vodka and gin.

Top Picks for Ireland

Midleton Dair Ghaelach Knockrath Forest Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey
97 points
$380
Amber color. Aromas of crisp peanut candies, butterscotch, roasted almonds and walnuts, leather, and spiced wine with a round, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, massive, endless jamon iberico, oolong tea, caramel latte, and toasted hazelnut biscotti finish. A truly delicious Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey with an elegant and persistent finish of delicate herbs and cured meats; outstanding and conversation-worthy.
The Tyrconnell 16 Year Old Single Malt Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish Irish Whiskey
97 points
$100
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of honeycrisp apple, fresh tangerine, wild strawberry, pastry dough, and golden raisin with a satiny, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, complex, very long finish with suggestions of rosehip tea, butterscotch, acacia, and jasmine finish. A journey for the senses that traverses every inch of the palate.
Midleton Dair Ghaelach Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
97 points
$200
Medium amber color. Complex aromas of vanilla-almond and dandelion, lime leaf, blackberry and currant, men’s cologne, and pottery with a glycerous, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, massive, endless butterscotch drenched cherries and cola, fresh new Orleans praline and resin, spearmint, baby’s breath and tobacco leaf, allspice, and clove and nutmeg-kissed pastry finish. A gentleman’s club of a dram dripping with mystery, richness, and a perfect balance of power and grace.
Awards: 2017 Best Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey
Jameson Bow Street 18 Year Old Cask Strength Irish Whiskey
96 points
$230
Light amber color. Aromas of toffee, rum-raisin ice cream, spice cookies, candy corn, and pecan praline with a velvety, vibrant, dry medium body and a graceful, intricate, long orange marmalade on fudge cake, jamon serrano, salted Marcona almonds, buttered brioche, wildflower honey, and sage finish. Excellent depth of flavor and memorable length, this rich and layered Irish Blended Whiskey objectively overdelivers for the category.
Redbreast 21 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
96 points
$230
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of salted Marcona almonds, palo cortado sherry, raisins, chocolate ganache, caramel, and leather with a round, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, very complex, very long finish with notes of yuzu marmalade, lime leaf, tobacco, peppery rye, galangal, and coconut-drizzled caramel. A stunningly complex Whiskey with a powerful crescendo of flavor that lifts the imbiber to new hedonic heights; an exceptional dram.
REDBREAST 12 Year Old Cask Strength Single Pot Still  Irish Whiskey
96 points
$85
Bright golden amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of freshly sliced apple, browned shortbread pie crust and licorice candy, roses and pear skin, and pineapple and ripe sour cherry with a slightly chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a hot, complex, very long finish that shows accents of fluffy honey nougat and fruit cocktail syrup, milk chocolate with roasted nuts, apple crumble and burned orange peel, and sweet butterscotch and green peppercorn finish. A satisfying blend of nuance and indulgence.
METHOD AND MADNESS Irish Micro Distilled Gin
95 points
$35
Clear color. Aromas of oregano, tarragon, lemon-lime, rosemary, gingersnap cookies, watermelon rind, and hints of anise with a round, thin body and a very long black pepper, cracked juniper berry, earl grey tea, fresh lemon zest, and hints of peppermint finish. Bold, classic flavors mingle with a kiss of sweetness in this rock solid Gin that will shine in most any cocktail.
West Cork 10 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey
95 points
$39.99
Bright gold color. Elegant, tropical aromas of golden apple and malted milk ball, cinnamon crumble, starfruit and passionfruit, and marzipan and candied macadamia nut with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a peppery, complex, long graham cracker crust and white flowers, rosewood, white pepper, caramelized sweet onion, maraschino cherry pit and ginger candies, and Jordan almonds and tamarind-mint chutney finish. A delicious and sprightly single malt with bright tropicality and long, contemplative finish.
95 points $39.99
The Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey
94 points
$44.99
Light gold color. Aromas of honeyed pears, cola, cinnamon-dusted raisin, spice drops, and toasted croissant with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long flan with caramel, nutmeg, sponge cake, and sea spray finish. A delicious Irish Single Malt whiskey with a spectrum of spice flavors and a lengthy finish.
94 points $44.99
Midleton Very Rare 2017 Irish Whiskey
94 points
$155
Golden amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of caramelized sweet agave, warm straw, sticky toffee pudding with raisins, charcoal, cherry cobbler with caramel, and ripe cantaloupe with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish with accents of chicory smoke, dry rub, dried apricot, gingerbread cookies, orange confection, and white pepper finish. A lengthy and complex Irish blended whiskey worthy of a neat pour.
Awards: 2018 Best Irish Blended Whiskey