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Top 10 Irish Whiskeys You Need to Try Right Now

Written by Emma C | Updated May 2023

Irish whiskey is a beloved spirit that has been enjoyed for centuries. With its smooth and mellow taste, it's no wonder why it's so popular among whiskey enthusiasts. From the classic Jameson to the award-winning Redbreast, there are so many great Irish whiskeys to choose from. We've compiled a list of the top 10 Irish whiskeys you need to try right now that area available in our bottle shop.

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Top 10 Irish Whiskeys You Need to Try Now: Available in Our Bottle Shop
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1. Jameson Irish Whiskey

This classic Irish whiskey is known for its smooth and mellow taste with notes of vanilla, caramel, and spice. It's perfect for sipping neat or mixing in cocktails.

Region: Ireland | Tasting Notes: Vanilla, Caramel, Spice | ABV: 40%

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2. Redbreast 12-Year-Old

Our signature bottling, Redbreast 12 boasts the flavour complexity and distinctive qualities of Pot Still whiskey. Matured in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks, the distinctive Redbreast sherry style is a joy to behold in each and every bottle.

Region: Ireland | Tasting Notes: Fruit, Spice, Oak | ABV: 40%

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3. Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey

Bushmills BLACK BUSH Irish Whiskey combines an exceptionally high amount of malt whiskey married with a lighter grain whiskey, and then matured in former Oloroso Sherry and Bourbon casks. This unique recipe means BLACK BUSH has rich, fruity notes and a deep intense character, balanced by an incredibly unique smoothness. It’s best enjoyed neat, over ice, or in classic cocktails. The most seasoned of Irish whiskey drinkers know, you can’t beat BLACK BUSH.

Region: Ireland | Tasting Notes: Honey, Fruit, Spice | ABV: 40%

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4. Tullamore D.E.W. The Original Irish Whiskey

The original blended Irish whiskey, known the world over for its smooth and gentle complexity. For one, it is triple distilled and patiently aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks, developing its distinctive smoothness. Secondly, being a blend of all three types of Irish whiskey, it has a gentle complexity. The malt and the pot still whiskey we use give it citrus and spicy notes.

Region: Ireland | Tasting Notes: Honey, Fruit, Spice | ABV: 40%

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5. Slane Triple Casked Irish Whiskey

Slane Castle is one of Ireland’s most famous locations, known for its rich history and huge gigs featuring some of the biggest musical acts of all time, such as The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Queen, U2, Bob Dylan, and David Bowie. The site just outside Dublin is also home to a distillery, where the family of the castle’s owner Earl of Mountcharles makes Slane Irish Whiskey. This triple distilled blend of single malt and single grain whiskeys which are divided and matured in no less than three casks: virgin oak casks, seasoned casks (which previously contained Tennessee whiskey and bourbon), and oloroso sherry casks. These individual blends are then married together before being bottled, with that mellow, sweet, and approachable profile so often associated with Irish whiskey.

Region: Ireland | Tasting Notes: Sweet Oak, Toasted Barley, Caramel, Ginger  | ABV: 45%

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6. Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Made with Irish whiskeys distilled from 100% malted barley, matured and finished in casks that impart the influence of five wine casks (Sherry, Port, Madeira, White Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon). This Irish Single Malt Whiskey delivers a unique fruit-forward flavor profile that is complex, yet balanced and has often been described as a "symphony" of flavor.

Region: Ireland | Tasting Notes: Spice, Fruit, Honey | ABV: 46%

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7. Writer's Tears Copper Pot Irish Whiskey

Writers Tears is a light, sweet Irish whiskey made using a mix of single pot still and single malt whiskeys, resulting in oodles of honeyed, fruity notes. Wonderfully easy to drink, it would make for a great introduction to Irish whiskey for folks new to the spirit.

Region: Ireland | Tasting Notes: Spice, Fruit | ABV: 40%

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8. Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Bright golden color. Vibrant aromas of creme brulee, singed flowers, dense spices, and Provence herb soap follow through on a round, supple entry to dryish medium-full body with layers of praline, vanilla bean, and exotic peppercorns. Finishes with very long, evolving honeyed cereal and grassy.

Region: Ireland | Tasting Notes: Spice, Smoke, Fruit | ABV: 40%

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9. Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey

THE FIRST WHISKEY BOTTLED IN DUBLIN AND A STANDARD OF IRISH WHISKEY EVER SINCE, POWERS GOLD LABEL is made from the finest Irish barley grown within 100 miles of our distillery in Midleton, Co. Cork.

Region: Ireland | Tasting Notes: Spice, Fruit | ABV: 43%

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10. Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey

Distilled at 86 proof, Kilbeggan Single Grain is a delicate spirit that absorbs the flavors of the casks in which it is aged. After aging in ex-bourbon barrels, it is finished in a marriage of ex-bourbon and various fortified wine barrels. It possesses Irish whiskey’s trademark versatility and smoothness, making it the ideal for modern or classic cocktails, like a Whiskey Sour, but with enough depth of flavor to be sipped neat.

Region: Ireland | Tasting Notes: Spice, Fruit | ABV: 40%

Irish whiskey is a beloved spirit that has been enjoyed for centuries. With so many great options to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. But with this list of the top 10 Irish whiskeys, you can't go wrong. From the classic Jameson to the peated Connemara, there's something for everyone on this list. So go ahead and give one of these

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