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

Teeling 21 Year Old Single Malt Vintage Reserve Irish Whiskey
98 points
$199.99
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
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 Rarest Vintage Reserve Irish Whiskey
97 points
$207
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.
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 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.
Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
96 points
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.
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
REDBREAST 21 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
95 points
$150
Clear golden amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of orange zest custard, marzipan, caramel and cinnamon-sugar sprinkle, and honey baked apple with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a peppery, amusing, medium-long cinnamon Danish, alpine herbs, wax paper, and fine leather finish. A powerful and commanding Irish single pot still 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
Powers 12 Year Old Johns Lane Release Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey
94 points
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.
Barr an Uisce "1803" 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
94 points
$79.99
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