About Irish Whiskey

About Irish Whiskey
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

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
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.
Knappogue Castle 14 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
94 points
$60
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.
The Irishman Single Malt Irish Whiskey
94 points
$70
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.
Jameson Gold Reserve Irish Whiskey
93 points
$55.55
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
Knappogue Castle 16 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
92 points
$100
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.
Kilbeggan 18 Year Old Irish Whiskey
92 points
$114.99
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
Jameson Select Reserve Black Barrel Irish Whiskey
91 points
$34.99
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
Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey
89 points
$54.99
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
Irish Mist Whiskey
88 points
$28.99
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