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
206626
Teeling
21 Year Old Single Malt Vintage Reserve Irish Whiskey
Brushed amber copper color with an olive cast. Layered aromas and flavors of dark raisin toast, honey butter, lightly smoked peat, dried peaches, and leather with a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a complex roasted whole nut, dried flower, honeycomb, and delicately smoky mineral accented finish with noticeable wood tannins. A very complex, long-aged Irish whisky for contemplative sipping and cigars.
98 points $199.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216432
REDBREAST
12 Year Old Cask Strength Irish Whiskey
Gold color. Musty aromas of mocha and vanilla, caramelized fruits and nuts, spice cake, and leather with a body and a warming, elegant, very long toffee, dried tropical fruits, sweet and peppery spices, and limestone finish. A powerful cask-strength Irish whiskey with a tons of fruit and spice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206596
Jameson
Rarest Vintage Reserve Irish Whiskey
Pale amber color. Complex aromas and flavors of caramelized roasted pecans, honey pastry, dried fruit, suede, brown spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity and a very long and evolving, complex raisin chutney, passionfruit, creamy vanilla, and pepper accented finish. A superb marriage of grain and oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216437
Midleton
Barry Crockett Legacy Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Clear gold color. Creamy, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of peach custard and granola, pineapple buttercream, spicy praline, and orange cola and blossoms with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, very complex, very long orange and pineapple marmalades and panettone finish. A fantastically robust and fruity Irish whiskey.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216433
REDBREAST
21 Year Old Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey
Brilliant golden amber color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of caramelized tropical fruits, melted vanilla toffee, granola in cream, and sarsaparilla float with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long apricot cobbler, sweet spices, and nuts and oak finish. A sensationally vibrant and spicy Irish whiskey with well balanced long aged wood tones.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216436
Powers
12 Year Old John's Lane Release Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey
Dark light gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts, chocolate frosting, and rich baking spices with a vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, elegant, long spicy fruit cake and minerals finish. A rich, spicy Irish single pot still whiskey that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216126
Barr an Uisce
"1803" 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Gold color. Nutty aromas and flavors of honey roasted nuts, caramelized peaches and figs, muesli, and clay with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, creme brulee, spicy pie crust, and minerals finish. An elegant, nuanced Irish whisky with a great combination of fruit and spice.
94 points $79.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210442
Glendalough
13 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Golden amber color. Delicate, creamy, fruity spicy aromas of cola, cherry chutney, and white toffee with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length alpine honey lozenge, peppery spices, nuts, and minerals finish. A tasty and refreshing Irish whisky with a lots of appealing flavors.
94 points $99.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206461
Knappogue Castle
14 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Old gold color. Rich aromas of honeyed raisins, blossoms, and buttery fruit custard pastry with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, grainy, nut, pepper and dried fruit driven finish. A lush, flavorful Irish whiskey that will shine with cigars.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206608
The Irishman
Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Rich amber color. Bold aromas of toasted fruitcake, praline, and creme brulee with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a lush, warming finish with notes of sweet baking spices, roasted chestnuts, pepper, grain husk, and mineral ore. A fantastic sipping whiskey.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab