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Posted October 4, 2013 by Crafted Pours in Blog Posts
 
 

10 Irish Whiskeys Rated Very Good to Excellent

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Irish Whiskey has been one of the fastest growing spirit categories over the past few years. Consumers have been attracted to the smooth and mild flavors of Blended Irish Whiskey, but the category offers much more. Jameson Irish Whiskey is the top seller in the category, a smooth blended whiskey. Other Irish distillers offer more full-flavored whiskeys, including aged single-malt, and cask strength single-pot Irish Whiskeys.

We compiled a quick look at 10 Irish Whiskeys worth seeking out on your next night out, or trip to the local liquor store.


Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey (80 Proof)
| Blended Irish Whiskey | Aged up to 7 years in bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks. Produced with 80% malted barley. | Rating – Very Good, Cost – $30-$35 

 

 

 

 

bushmills-single-malt-16-year-irish-whiskeyBushmills Single Malt 16 Year Old Irish Whiskey  (80 Proof) | Single Malt Irish Whiskey | Rich and smooth, aged in bourbon and sherry casks, then finished in port casks. | Rating – Excellent, Cost – $70-$80 

 

 

 

 

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Clontarf 1014 Irish Whiskey (80 Proof) | Blended Irish Whiskey | Smooth and mellow with notes of honey and vanilla. | Rating – Very Good, Cost – $20-$22 

 

 

 

 

 

Concannon-Irish-WhiskeyConcannon Irish Whiskey (80 Proof) | Blended Irish Whiskey | Aged 4 years and finished in Petite Sirah wine casks. | Rating – Very Good, Cost – $20-$22 

 

 

 

 

 

Connemara-12-year-old-peated-single-malt-irish-whiskeyConnemara 12 Year Old Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey (80 Proof) | Single Malt Irish Whiskey | Produced with smoky peated malt. Earthy and spicy with notes of citrus, peat, smoke, and apple. | Rating – Excellent, Cost – $90-$100 

 

 

 

 

Greenore-Single-Grain-Irish-Whiskey-8-YearGreenore 8 Year Old Irish Whiskey (80 Proof) | Single Grain Irish Whiskey | Aged in bourbon casks. Notes of lemon citrus, sweet honey, oak, and vanilla. | Rating – Very Good, Cost – $40-$50 

 

 

 

 

Jameson-Gold-Reserve-Irish-WhiskeyJameson Gold Reserve Irish Whiskey (80 Proof) | Blended Irish Whiskey | Triple wood-aged, in virgin oak, bourbon casks, and sherry casks. Notes of creamy vanilla, honey, and dried fruit. | Rating – Excellent, Cost – $60-$70

 

 

 

 

Redbreast-Cask-Strength-Irish-WhiskeyRedbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength Irish Whiskey (115 Proof) | Single Pot Irish Whiskey | Triple-distilled, and aged in bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks. Complex and silky smooth with a long warm finish. | Rating – Excellent, Cost – $65-$75 

 

 

 

 

Tullamore-Dew-Original-Irish-WhiskeyTullamore Dew Original (80 Proof) | Blended Irish Whiskey | Triple distilled, smooth and mild with notes of honey, apple, vanilla, and light spice. | Rating – Very Good, Cost – $25-$30 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow-Spot-Irish-WhiskeyYellow Spot Single Pot Still 12 Year Irish Whiskey (92 Proof) | Single Port Irish Whiskey | Triple wood-aged, in bourbon, Spanish Oloroso sherry, and Spanish Malaga wine casks. Exceptionally smooth and complex. | Rating – Excellent, Cost – $80-$90 

 

 

 

 

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