Treat yourself this St. Patrick’s Day with some of the finest Irish Whiskey out there. Whether you are Irish or not, there’s no reason not to allow a little bit of indulgence in some Irish luxury. These Irish Whiskeys are on the expensive side, but well worth for their outstanding smoothness and flavor.
Kilbeggan 18 Year
The Kilbeggan Distillery is Ireland’s oldest running distillery. It was established in 1757, had its doors closed in 1954, but reopened again in 2007. Located on the River Brosna, there is no shortage of all the necessary ingredients to make the finest whiskey: water, grain, and turf. Kilbeggan has a rich gold color and a lovely, citrus scent that fills the nose.
Once you take a sip, the flavor is sweet and creamy with hints of toffee, caramel, and vanilla. Expect to pay at least $200 for this bottle at the very least.
Bushmills 16 Year
Bushmills 16 Year Irish Whiskey heavily utilized Port and Sherry casks, which may leave some mistaking it for Scotch. However, don’t be fooled, because it is indeed an Irish Whiskey. Upon first taste, it is a delicate and light.
The finish is where it really shines, revealing spicy dried fruit and pine to the palate. The flavor stays in your mouth much longer than it physically sits there. A bottle of Bushmills 16 year will run you around $100 per bottle.
Teeling Whiskey Small Batch Irish Whiskey
New to the Irish Whiskey game is Teeling Whiskey Company, opened in 2015 in Dublin. Teeling’s Small Batch is an award-winning, non-chill filtered whiskey that has been aged in barrels of Flor de Caña rum.
It smells earthy and crisp, though it tastes strongly of citrus with some cinnamon and vanilla cream behind it. As you finish your sip, you’ll likely notice notes of burnt toffee with undertones of wood. This bottle goes for about $40, though the flavor certainly does not reflect how affordable it is compared to some of the others on this list.
Tullamore DEW 15 Year Trilogy
Tullamore DEW 15 Year Trilogy has undergone three different barrel treatments. The first is in ex-bourbon casks, the next in Oloroso sherry butts, and the third in rum barrels. It hits the nose sweetly with salted caramel, sherry, and nutmeg.
As far as taste goes, it arrives onto the palate with lots of vanilla and sherry at the front, with hints of malted milk and chocolate. Then as you finish, you’ll get some mild citrus and more sherry. Expect to pay around $80 to enjoy this bottle.
Writers’ Tears Copper Pot Irish Whiskey
Known as one of Ireland’s favorite whiskeys, Writers’ Tears Copper Pot Irish Whiskey is elegant yet approachable. It consists of single pot still and single malt whiskeys with fruit and honey on the nose.
The honey extends to the palate as well, though it isn’t alone. Vanilla and orchard fruit accompany it at the front. Its finish is lengthy and full of baking spices, milk chocolate, and almonds. One bottle will set you back just over $50.
Green Spot, Chateau Léoville Barton
If you’re just an Irish Whiskey dabbler, you might be thrown a punch by Green Spot, Chateau Léoville Barton. It has a big, intense flavor reminiscent of scotch more than your typical Irish Whiskey.
Green Spot, Chateau Léoville Barton is triple distilled, beginning in ex-Oloroso sherry, and moving to both new and ex-Bourbon barrels. It was finished for 12-24 months in old Bordeaux wine casks from Chateau Léoville Barton in Bordeaux, giving it strong woody flavors. The $100 you will spend on this bottle will get you a lot of intensity here from start to finish.
Midleton Dair Ghaelach
Midleton Dair Ghaelach is an Irish Whiskey that, with that name, couldn’t sound more Irish. Its sweet scent invites you in with hefty vanilla notes and black pepper and clove accompaniments.
This unique whiskey has been aged for 15-22 years in virgin Irish oak casks and is the only Irish Whiskey made this way. It turns out it is even more Irish than its name suggests, somehow. At $270 per bottle of Midleton Dair Ghaelach, you likely won’t be disappointed.
Knappogue Castle 12 Year
Knappogue Castle’s 12 Year Irish Whiskey is a single-malt and triple-distilled product which has been aged in barrels of bourbon for 12 years. It’s got a light and crisp scent of biscuits, honey, and pepper, and tastes of full fruit, almond, and mild spice.
This makes Knappogue Castle 12 Year an elegant combination of sweet and spicy. The general asking price for this Irish Whiskey is about $60.
Tyrconnell 16 Year
Tyrconnell 16 Year is a single-malt, limited edition Irish Whiskey known especially known for its extra long finish. It was double-distilled and aged in bourbon barrels for 16 years.
As a result, we’re left with a strong flavor profile, full of pear on the front and spice, grass, and wood on the back. This luxury, upmarket Irish Whiskey costs in the ballpark of $100 and is worth every dollar.
Method and Madness Single Malt
Just because Method and Madness Single Malt Irish Whiskey is lesser known than some others does not mean it is lesser in quality by any means. It was born in Midleton, Ireland in 2002 and finished in French Limousin Oak.
Its aroma comes off like a freshly shelled peanut. On the front end of its flavor palate are cinnamon and wafer, while on the back end it leaves the taste of Bonbons and toasted barley lingering. A bottle of this smooth Irish Whiskey can be bought for roughly $90.