The most underrated Irish whiskeys in the market right now!
Irish whiskeys have undergone a resurgence since the turn of the millennium, quickly turning into one of the world’s fastest growing types of whiskey. Yet somehow, the world has only been introduced to some of the more mainstream Irish whiskeys, while the true works of art continue to remain in relative obscurity.
It is our endeavour to break through the barrage of Irish whiskeys in the market today, and introduce our readers to the best of the best that Ireland has to offer. Irish whiskeys are notoriously remarkable to work with for cocktails and mixers as are they to be savoured neat, but that isn’t everything Irish whiskey should be known for.
The booming Irish whiskey movement is simply waiting to burst onto the international stage, and we bring you the torchbearers of said movement. The Whiskypedia brings you the best Irish whiskey brands that are not just underrated, but embody the qualities that make a good whiskey, great. Alongside the current bestsellers and standard Irish whiskeys that occupy prime real estate at shelves and bars all over, these are the must-try Irish whiskeys that you need to try today!
Redbreast 12 Year Old Whiskey
This is an excellent single pot still Irish whiskey that combines some of the most desirable characteristics one may look for in a whiskey. Immensely flavourful and aromatic, Redbreast 12 Year Old is a single pot still whiskey has been finished in American ex-Bourbon barrels and Oloroso Sherry butts.
With 12 years of maturation, the result is a smooth and supple drink that has been critically acclaimed by some of the industry’s most respected critics. Redbreast 12 Year Old is our choice as one the most underrated Irish whiskey expressions in the market today since it has yet to hit the mainstream across the world. Redbreast have created something that truly inspires awe for their achievement. While availability is still an issue Redbreast must work out, any opportunity to get your hands on a bottle of the Redbreast 12 Year Old must be grabbed with both hands.
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition
Everything about this Jameson is simply too good to be true, and don’t doubt it if you hear some astonishing high praise for it from fellow whiskey lovers. The Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition was the brainchild of David Quinn, the Head of Whiskey Science at Jameson’s Midleton facility.
After a light-hearted conversation between him and the Master Brewer at the Franciscan Well brewery in County Cork, Quinn decided to lend Jameson barrels to the brewery in order to barrel age their stout. These used barrels were then taken back to Jameson to age their whiskey in, and the result of this entire exercise was Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition. This is a unique Irish whiskey, a blend of pot still and grain whiskeys that takes the familiar and trusted Jameson goodness and puts an innovative spin on it. Notes of butterscotch, milk chocolate and coffee conflate with the crisp, smooth and fruity nature of Jameson to give you a whiskey you need to try today!
Midleton Very Rare
As far as doing justice to the name goes, the Midleton Very Rare does it magnificently, and has been since it was first launched in 1984. Each year, the New Midleton Distillery, owned by Irish Distillers, releases an edition of the Midleton Very Rare. This is a no-age-statement blended Irish whiskey, created my marrying pot still and grain whiskeys.
The Midleton Very Rare was first developed by the legendary Barry Crockett, who did so each year with just one goal in mind; to create the best possible whiskey and nothing more. It would be safe to say that nearly every release of the Midleton Very Rare have accomplished that goal, and continue to do so even today. The current edition, released in October 2019 carries tasting notes that are full of spice, sweet fruit and caramel. A serial Gold and Silver medal winning Irish blend, the Midleton Very Rare series of whiskeys have not received a wider acclaim, something they definitely deserve. This is one of our strongest recommendations among the most underrated Irish whiskeys available today.
Bushmills Black Bush
This Irish blend from Bushmills has everything it takes to be their most popular expression in the market. Yet somehow, it isn’t but not for the lack of quality or taste. The Bushmills Black Bush recipe is built on a heavier proportion of triple-distilled Irish single malt whiskeys, further infused with flavours through maturation in Oloroso Sherry barrels.
This whiskey is greatly influenced by all the factors at play in its creation, and the intense flavours and aromas of Sherry are complemented very well by the triple-distillation smoothness. The Bushmills Black Bush single malt is aged for at least 8 to 10 years before it is blended with grain whiskeys, and thus this delight is born. Hints of smoke and oak are present among the heavier sweet, fruity and nutty flavours and aromas. While the Bushmills Original and 10 Year Old are vastly more popular, the Black Bush is an underrated bottle you must purchase the next time you’re out shopping.
Teeling Irish single malt whiskey
As all of the aforementioned whiskeys that made our list of the most underrated Irish whiskeys in the market today, the Teeling single malt is up there as one of the most elite. Unconventional, exciting and crafted thoroughly to give the drinker an experience unlike any other, the Teeling single malt is a remarkable Irish single malt and has the potential to be one of the greatest yet.
Not only is this expression layered with a breadth of delectable flavours and aromas, it’s the how it’s created that takes the cake when speaking of its eccentricity. A complete 100% malt whiskey, it is created by blending five different single malts with ages that go up to 23 years! The source-single malts have also been finished in five different ex-Wine barrels, all bringing in a fresh character and flavour profile. Ex- Sherry, ex-Port, ex-Madeira, ex-White Burgundy and ex-Cabernet Sauvignon are the five respective barrels used to finish the single malts that make up the Teeling single malt Irish whiskey. This expression has what it takes to eventually join the heavyweights of Irish whiskey such as the great houses of Jameson, Redbreast and others; a strong recommendation.