About Irish Whiskey

Serve in a Canadian Whisky Glass
Irish whiskeys, both blended and malt, are usually triple distilled through both column and pot stills, although there are a few exclusively pot-distilled brands. Irish Pure Pot Still Whiskey is generally labeled as such. Otherwise, Irish whiskeys are a mix of pot and column-distilled whiskeys. Irish Malt Whiskey is likewise so designated. Standard Irish Whiskey is a blend of malt and grain whiskies.
Top Picks for Irish Whiskey
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
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
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
206595
Jameson
Gold Reserve Irish Whiskey
Pale amber color. Rich aromas of banana cake and coconut cream with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and smooth toasted praline, mineral, leather, and brown spices accented finish. A sturdy sipping whisky that will be great with cigars.
93 points $55.55
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206462
Knappogue Castle
16 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Golden amber color. Rich aromas of fig pasty, caramelized nuts, and floral honey with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, complex spice, grain, pepper, and mineral finish. A delicious and nuanced sipping whiskey.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206451
Kilbeggan
18 Year Old Irish Whiskey
Golden amber color. Lush honeyed peach, pear and tapioca aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, warming baking spices, cake, nut, and mineral finish. A delicious and smooth fireside sipper.
92 points $114.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206597
Jameson
Select Reserve Black Barrel Irish Whiskey
Amber color. Aromas of banana bread toast, roasted pecans, and caramel with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a honeyed almond, date pastry, and mineral accented finish. A flavorful, flexible whiskey.
91 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206627
Teeling
Single Grain Irish Whiskey
Brass color with an orange cast. Aromas of cooking porridge, caramel rice cake, and toasted raisin nut bread with a soft, dryish medium body and a honeyed whole grain, white peppercorn, gravel, and glued wood accented finish. Try with seafood.
89 points $54.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206388
Irish Mist
Whiskey
Lustrous golden color. Mellow aromas and flavors of honey, bread, and sweet cream with a soft, dryish medium body and a gentle nut and mineral accented finish. An easy drinking sipper.
88 points $28.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab