In an isolated, little village on the banks of the Bush River, lies the Old Bushmill’s distillery. Over the last 400 years, this distillery has been Ireland’s pride and joy. The origin of Irish whiskey can be traced back to this village.
The story goes Irish monks travelled far and wide, preaching their religion. During their travels to the Mediterranean countries, they learned the craft of distilling perfumes. They brought the technique back to the Irish isles. Gien their love for booze, the Irish soon started using the method to make drinkable spirits. Since then, Irish whiskey has gone from strength to strength. Here’s 10 of the most drinkable Irish Whiskeys from the Emerald Isle:
1. Bushmills Red Bush Irish Whiskey: If you are looking for a smooth whiskey, this blend will serve you like no other. Blended from malt and fine grain whiskeys, the Bushmill Red Bush Irish whiskey undergoes triple-distillation, and is aged for a minimum of three years. It has subtle notes of wood, honey, and vanilla with a light, floral nose.
2. Redbreast 12-Year Single-Pot Irish Whiskey: After the British imposed a tax on the malted barley, the Irish were forced to cut down on their dependence on barley for brewing whiskey. This resulted in brewing a whiskey which has now become synonymous with Ireland. It is none other than the Redbreast 12-Year-Single-Pot Irish whiskey. It makes for a warm drink, and tastes of caramel, nuts, and golden raisins with a unique peatiness to boot.
3. Writers Tears Pot Still Blend Whiskey: For lovers of sweet, blended Scotch whiskey, the Writers Tears Pot is a dream come true. An amalgam of single malts and pot still whiskeys, the resulting Scotch has liberal traces of honey, and leaves a fruity aftertaste on the tongue. t he Writers Tears Pot makes a good choice for a dessert time whiskey.
4. 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey: The label on the bottle says “aged for four years”. It is quite clear that the 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey has gone beyond the common Irish Whiskey recipe of 3 years of aging. The nose is an amalgamation of pear, lemon, and apple with a light combining of apricot and peach. Beyond that are a few sweet notes like vanilla, caramel, and honey, with a slight hint of ginger.
5.Green Spot Leoville Barton Bordeaux Finished Irish Whiskey: The makers claim it to be the first ever single pot Irish Whiskey with a Bordeaux-cask finish, so the stakes are high with this one! In the initial stages, this spirit is matured in ex-Oloroso Sherry, ex-bourbon, and fresh American oak barrels. It is spicy, and fruity with notes of wild raspberry, honey, gingerbread, green apple, vanilla, and redcurrant. It has a long, dry finish.
6. Teeling Single-Grain Irish Whiskey: Among the very few Irish single-grain whiskeys, the Teeling Single-Grain Irish Whiskey is as suave as it can get. Matured in Californian Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels, the whiskey is exceptionally sweet, and fruity with hints of spice.
7. Glendalough 13-Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey: Glendalough 13-year Single Malt is brewed in copper pot stills, and then matured in bourbon casks. This enriches the whiskey by infusing the rich sugariness of caramel, and freshness of vanilla. It tastes of lemon zest, orange, with a very delicate touch of honey. The whiskey has a unique, spicy finish.
8. Jameson Gold Reserve Irish Whiskey: The Jameson Gold Reserve is a blended whiskey, made of grain whiskeys, and rich pot still whiskeys. This whiskey undergoes triple distillation. It has a vanilla toasted oak aroma and fruity notes that come from the Virginia oak barrels and sherry casks that the whiskey is matured in.
9. Tullamore Dew 12-Year Special Reserve Irish Whiskey: A triple distilled blend made out of three different kinds of Irish Whiskeys, the Tullamore Dew 12-Year Special reserve is one of Ireland’s finest. It has characteristically light, and delicate. The classic notes of vanilla and oak can be found. It also has a creamy fruitness of pear, lime, mango and yellow berries.
10. Paddy Irish Whiskey: According to Jim Murray, the Paddy Irish Whiskey is “one of the softest of all Ireland's whiskeys”. With light floral nose, this whiskey will greet you with fruity aromas, hints of vanilla, spice and honey. It has a very dry and spicy finish. This one’s easy on the pocket, and a crowd pleaser too.