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

Redbreast 27 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
100 points
$585
Amber color. Aromas of candied lemon and ginger, echinacea, toasted caraway seed, caponata, and sarsaparilla with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, very complex, endless cola, eucalyptus, Chinese 5-spice, exotic woods, and creme brulée finish. The stylish, brooding Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey that will surely be unforgettable for the Whiskey connoisseur; a dapper extrovert that engulfs the senses.
Awards: 2021 Best Whiskey
The Tyrconnell 16 Year Old Single Malt Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish Irish Whiskey
97 points
$100
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of honeycrisp apple, fresh tangerine, wild strawberry, pastry dough, and golden raisin with a satiny, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, complex, very long finish with suggestions of rosehip tea, butterscotch, acacia, and jasmine finish. A journey for the senses that traverses every inch of the palate.
Blue Spot 7 Year Old Cask Strength Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
96 points
$90
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of candied raspberry and strawberry, cinnamon and brown sugar pecans, cinnamon roll, and tangerine marmalade with a fat body and a very long finish manifesting accents of cherry preserves, dark cocoa, teriyaki jerky, and caramel and nougat. A rich powerhouse of a Whiskey that deserves attention and absolutely delivers with waves of fruity and spicy flavors.
Knappogue Castle 21 Year Old Exclusive Cask Vatting Single Malt Irish Whiskey
96 points
$212
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of pomegranate, cantaloupe, and mango, lemon, green apple, and phyllo dough, pickled ginger, banana bread, and and candied bacon with a fat body and a very long finish with notes of cooked mango rolled in walnut, grilled peaches, cinnamon roll, and banana bread. An incredible example of Irish Whiskey; lush and balanced flavors, extraordinarily well done.
Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest Tree 03 Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
96 points
$356
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of salted almonds, basque cake, thyme, and lavender with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, very long finish that shows impressions of leather, brown sugar, black tea, orange peel, and black licorice. A rich and sophisticated Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey that sets the standard for the category.
An Dúlamán Santa Ana Armada Strength Barrel Aged Gin
95 points
$49
Gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of moist raisin cake, grilled stone fruits, honeyed herbs, and kid leather with a satiny, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, distinctive, long finish with notes of spiced candied citrus peels, violet pastilles, and pink pepper and caramel chews. A rich and complex Barrel-Aged Gin that will inspire endless cocktail experimentation.
Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin
94 points
$34
Clear color. Spicy aromas and flavors of pickled green tomatoes, spicy plum chutney, lemon blossoms, and bubblegum with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a refreshing, medium-length finish with notes of candied lemon peels, exotic peppercorns, earl grey chai, and violet gum. A fine balance of subtle yet present botanicals makes this versatile savory gin a natural choice for elegant cocktails.
Limavady Single Barrel Irish Single Malt Whiskey
94 points
$49
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of peach, starfruit, spiced caramel, butter cookies, and hints of grapefruit with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a peppery, very complex, very long finish conveying impressions of toasted scones with honey, baked apples, roasted nuts, and toasted sourdough. A complex Irish Single Malt with big impact and big elegance.
Awards: 2021 Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey
Jameson Coopers Croze Irish Whiskey
94 points
$71
Gold color. Candied aromas and flavors of pistachio creme, banana pudding, caramel, and earl grey tea with a round, crisp, dryish full body and a silky, breezy finish with notes of crushed nuts in toffee and maple. An ultra-smooth, luxuriously aromatic Irish Blended Whiskey that delivers.
The Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey
94 points
$44.99
Light gold color. Aromas of honeyed pears, cola, cinnamon-dusted raisin, spice drops, and toasted croissant with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long flan with caramel, nutmeg, sponge cake, and sea spray finish. A delicious Irish Single Malt whiskey with a spectrum of spice flavors and a lengthy finish.
94 points $44.99