Our 9 Must-Try Whiskies for St. Patricks Day!

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February 14, 2023

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, there’s one type of whiskey on everyone’s mind…IRISH WHISKEY! As the world’s fastest growing spirits category over the last decade, a number of noteworthy newcomers have emerged to the Irish whiskey scene.

From single malts to pot stilled, here are nine standout Irish Whiskeys to open up on St. Patrick’s Day… or any other day. Sláinte!

Bushmills Original Whiskey

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Price: $22.99 | ABV: 40%| Nose: Pear, Honey and Florals | Category:  Irish Whiskey | Origin: Ireland

While Bushmills has an incredible, broad array of whiskies in their portfolio, we suggest sticking to the OG, Bushmills Original. A recipe that dates back pre-Prohibition, the original bottling of this iconic Irish whiskey features a lighter palette that speaks of fresh berries, oatmeal and subtle vanilla notes, making it a perfect starting point for Irish Whiskey novices.

Redbreast 12-Year-Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

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Price: $67.19 | ABV: 40% | Nose: A Complex Spicy & Fruity Aroma with Toasted Wood |Origin: Ireland | Category: Irish Whiskey

Matured in sherry and bourbon seasoned oak casks for 12 years, Redbreast’s single pot still is an intensely flavorful Irish whisky to add to your repertoire. Made from a mash mix of malted barley and unmalted barley, Redbreast is then triple distilled in copper pots, yielding a sweet-and-spicy character.

Knappogue Castle 21 Year Single Malt

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Price: $220.99 | ABV: 46% | Nose: Orchard Fruit, Cloves, Baked Apple Spices and Toasted Oak |Origin: Ireland | Category: Irish Whiskey

Bottled at 92 proof and non-chill filtered, this limited-edition release is a top-notch choice to celebrate ANY occasion with. An artful blend of two single malts distilled in copper pot stills then matured in ex-bourbon casks, Knappogue Castle's 21-Year-Old Single Malt is a prime example of why Irish single malts deserve every bit as much attention as their Celtic brethren across the Irish Sea.

Green Spot Single Pot Irish Whiskey

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Price: $69 | ABV: 40% | Nose: Fresh Aromatic Oils and Spices, Orchard Fruits, Barley and Toasted Wood | Origin: Ireland | Category: Irish Whiskey

Nicely rounded and flavorful, this single pot whiskey is a perfect introduction to the Irish tipple. Distilled from malted and umalted barley, Green Spot Single Spot Still Irish Whiskey is comprised of no age statement mix of whiskies aged between 7 and 10 years. A nose of sweet green apple, pear, coconut and crisp wood shavings, this single pot has a long, spicy finish that can be enjoyed neat or with a splash of water.

Teeling Single Pot Still Whiskey

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Price: $69.99 | ABV: 46% | Nose: Vanilla, Spice and Rum | Origin: Ireland | Category: Irish Whiskey

Distilled in the heart of Dublin, this young distillery caught our eye with its unconventional approaches on classic Irish style whiskies. Unlike your typical single pot, Teeling’s 50:50 mash bill comprised of malted and unmalted barley is aged using a combination of three different oak treatments (American Virgin Oak, Bourbon, and Sherry casks), producing a unique aroma. On the palate, you’ll instantly find solid notes of salted caramel, spiced cakes, and apple and followed by a sweet finish.

Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey

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Price: $43.99 | ABV: 40% | Nose: Roasted Nuts, Nougat, and Mild Oak | Origin: Ireland | Category: Irish Whiskey

This superb Irish single malt has made a comeback like the 1876 winner of “The National Produce Stakes” Irish horse for whom the brand is named after. This elevated, yet approachable single malt yields a wonderfully smooth palate with a creamy character and hint of spice worth savoring.

Slane Irish Whiskey

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Price: $30 | ABV: 40% | Nose: Complex Fruit with Drizzles of Caramel, Butterscotch and Vanilla | Origin: Ireland | Category: Irish Whiskey

Triple casked in virgin, seasoned whiskey, & Oloroso sherry barrels for 2 years, Slane Irish Whiskey is the latest Irish import that has stolen our hearts. Rare for an Irish whiskey, the virgin oak barrels create a distinct, robust flavor yielding a nice touch of sweetness with a full flavor profile.

The Sexton Single Malt Whiskey

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Price: $35 | ABV: 40% | Nose: Nuts, Marzipan and Dark Chocolate with a Pinch of Spice. |  Origin: Ireland | Category: Irish Whiskey

We can’t find a single thing wrong with this single malt! With notes of dried fruit, honeycomb, and nuts, The Sexton Single Malt Whiskey has an uncommon complexity and is rich in flavor designed in one of the best-looking bottles we’ve seen on the market. Best of all, it was created by Alex Thomas, one of the leading female master blenders in the industry.

Writers' Tears Copper Pot

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Price: $41.99 | ABV: 40% | Nose:  Apples, Marshmallow, Peaches, and Vanilla | Origin: Ireland | Category: Irish Whiskey

Produced in the heart of Ireland’s southern farm country by the folks at Walsh Distillery (also the creators of The Irishmen) Writers' Tears Cooper Pot is one of our favorite, award-winning whiskies from the Emerald Isle and with good reason. A mix of single pot still and sweet floral single malt whiskeys vatted in aged ex-bourbon casks sans any grain, the combination creates a full-flavored whiskey with honeyed, fruity notes.

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