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 Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
97 points
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 12 Year Old Cask Strength Single Pot Still  Irish Whiskey
96 points
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.
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 finish with notes of orange and pineapple marmalades and panettone finish. A fantastically robust and fruity Irish whiskey.
REDBREAST 21 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
95 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of sticky buns, peach pastry, chocolate coated toffee, crystalized ginger, cherry stone, pineapple cordial, and celery seed with a round, vibrant, fruity fat body and a nuanced, very long finish that presents elements of dark chocolate with crystallized violet petals, peanut butter caramel filled pretzel sandwich, orange peel, and coriander finish. A mouthwatering Irish Single Pot Still whiskey that will be difficult to drink in moderation.
Awards: 2018 Best Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey
West Cork 10 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey
95 points
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
Midleton Very Rare 2017 Irish Whiskey
94 points
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
Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
94 points
Light gold color. Aromas of toasted marshmallow, ghee, apricot, saffron, earthy tea, gingerbread, and fresh cut grass with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, long pear and banana taffies, orange liqueur, wheat thins, and plum butter finish. A potent Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey for contemplative sipping.
Straw Boys Irish Vodka
94 points
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
Barr an Uisce "1803" 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
94 points
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, long finish revealing notes of creme brulee, spicy pie crust, and minerals finish. An elegant, nuanced Irish whiskies with a great combination of fruit and spice.
94 points $79.99
Powers Signature Release Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
93 points
Gold color. Aromas of ripe apples, tobacco, ripe honeydew melon, caramel, fig bar, and burnt orange with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, subtle, very long grilled bread, compound butter, Peychaud’s bitters, allspice, and ginger finish. A terrifically balanced Single Pot Still whiskey with excellent concentration and length; sip this!