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

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
REDBREAST 21 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
96 points
$210
Medium amber color. Aromas of chocolate-bourbon ball, newsprint, cinnamon roll, and licorice with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, involved, long spice cake, spiced plums, peppercorns, biscuits with honey, and fire roasted grain finish. A richly flavored, robust Single Pot Still Whiskey that offers intricate caverns of flavor; dry, spicy, nuanced.
Jameson Bow Street 18 Year Old Cask Strength Irish Whiskey
96 points
$220
Gold color. Aromas of buttered corn, dried herbs, and raisin bran with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium body and a medium-length black tea and dark chocolate finish. A chewy whiskey to pair with cigars.
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.
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
Straw Boys Irish Vodka
94 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of gravel, bamboo, tap water, and birch beer with a soft, crisp, bone-dry light body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long orange peels, anise, white tea, and menthol finish. Crisp, clean vodka full of sophisticated nuance.
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
REDBREAST 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
93 points
$60
Medium gold color. Fruity aromas of sweet pear, coconut cream, buttered waffles, apple chutney, apple blossom, apricot confection, and dark chocolate with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, very long forest fruit, salted toffee, tobacco, espresso bean, and ginger-honey finish. An Irish whiskey with exceptional length, crescendo-like acidity, and layers and layers of balanced flavors to discover.