5 Irish Whiskeys for St. Paddy’s Day
By Julia Menn
With Saint Patrick’s Day fast approaching, you may be on the hunt for some excellent Irish whiskeys to appropriately celebrate the day! Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of 5 delicious Irish Whiskeys ranging all price points and styles. Try one or try them all - you’ll be glad you did!
A blended whiskey made from malt and grain whiskeys, Slane Irish Whiskey undergoes a unique triple cask maturation process which really dials up the flavour. A robust whiskey, the nose is brimming with banana bread, marshmallow, and spice cake, while the palate delivers those sweet notes along with baking spices and rich dried fruits.
Jameson Caskmates Stout
Live the best of whiskey and beer with this special Caskmates edition from Jameson. Their triple distilled, blended whiskey has been aged in a local brewery’s stout barrels, resulting in a dram whose nose is light with hay, pear, green apple, and chocolate, where the palate deepens with sweet pot still character spice, hops, and cocoa from the stout. The long finish is full of dark chocolate notes.
Redbreast 12 Year Cask Strength
Ireland is renowned for their Pot Still whiskey - made from a mash of malted and unmalted barley distilled in copper pot stills. Redbreast 12 Year Cask Strength showcases the complexity and distinctive qualities of Pot Still whiskey. Matured in bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks, this cask strength whiskey has aromas of exotic fruit and spice, along with dried apricots, and toasted wood. The palate is rich and round, with luscious fruit, sweet vanilla, spice, and oak. A satisfying and sophisticated whiskey, indeed!
Dingle Single Malt Batch 4
A small, independent distillery located in the seaside village of Dingle in County Kerry, Dingle Distillery focuses on quality over quantity. Rather unique in the Irish Whiskey sector by producing Single Malts, this whiskey is worth a mention! Made from 100% malted barley aged in sherry, bourbon, and Port casks, this whiskey is full of flavour and balances the sweet and creamy vanilla from the bourbon barrels with the rich fruit flavours from the wine casks.
Known as “The Dubliner’s Tipple of Choice”, Yellow Spot is a Pot Still Whiskey aged for 12 years. The name comes from how barrels used to be marked, with the colour of the paint indicating the age of the whiskey. Aged in ex-Malaga casks, Yellow Spot is complex and sophisticated, showcasing aromas of hay, black pepper, nutmeg, and green tea. Flavours range from red apples and toasted oak to coffee, milk chocolate, and Crème Brûlée. The finish is long with sweetness throughout.
ABOUT THE Author
Brian Mitchell runs The New England Wine Academy, and is responsible for the content of this blog. With over 25 years of drinks industry experience, Brian has learned a few things, but everyday he is learning more. This blog helps to bring that knowledge to you.