About Irish Single Malt Whiskey

Serve in a Scotch Whisky Glass
Single malt Irish whiskeys, like their Scottish cousins, are whiskies that are only made with malted barley. They are usually triple distilled through both column and pot stills, although there are a few exclusively pot-distilled brands.
Top Picks for Irish Single Malt Whiskey
220677
West Cork
10 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey
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
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
210496
Kavanagh
12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Brilliant gold color. Lively, confected, citrusy fruity roasted aromas of dried apricots and citrus in a suede pouch, roasted nuts, floral honey, and delicate polished wood with a soft, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long peach cobbler, creme Anglaise, chalk dust, and delicate spices finish. A delicate, elegantly balanced and fruit-forward whisky that is sure to please.
93 points $46.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214703
Hyde
10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Gold color. Aromas of mincemeat pie with graham cracker crust, dried pear and peach in cream, pepper, and candle wax and yeasty dough with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-long honeyed grain and toast, browns spices, honeyed citrus, and minerals finish. An elegant warming Irish whiskies with a creamy, spicy center.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217149
Hyde
10 Year Old Sherry Finish Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Dull gold color. Creamy aromas and flavors of cream of wheat with dried apricots, raisin bread, dried banana and waxy pear, and potter’s clay with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length baking spices, vanilla cream, nougat, and minerals finish. A pleasing, lively single malt sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210441
Glendalough
7 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Bright gold color. Bright, sulfurous aromas of raisin chutney, pencil shavings, creme brulee, and hint of fuel with a silky, racy, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, relaxed caramelized papaya and mango, pepper jelly, ground nuts, and balsa finish. A brash and boisterous Irish whiskey.
89 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217150
Hyde
10 Year Old Rum Finish Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Bright gold color. Yeasty, fruity aromas and flavors of raisin soda bread, sassafras candy, orange pepper, and pencil eraser with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, spicy rum cake, honeyed grain, fennel, coriander and grains of paradise, and cedar and chalk finish. A zesty, spicy, warming Irish whiskey.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210495
Kavanagh
Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Clear light gold color. Bright, toasty, fruity aromas of spicy peach-pear pastry and honeyed grains and nuts with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length nut oil, cream, straw, and minerals finish. A silky and smooth, well made Irish whiskey.
87 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217755
Spade & Bushel
10 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Light golden straw color. Yeasty, grainy aromas and flavors of soda raisin bread, fermenting apples and pears, spiced praline, and waxy honeycomb and clay with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a honeyed peach scone, creme brulee, and baking spices finish. A robust, Irish whiskey with solid flavors and snappy, peppery finish.
86 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab