Posted March 2, 2014 by Crafted Pours in Blog Posts

Skip The Pickle-Back Irish Whiskey Shot and Go Top Shelf this St. Patrick’s Day


A somewhat disturbing trend for craft distilled spirits enthusiasts is the fad of following a shot of Irish Whiskey with a chaser of pickle juice. Why this has gained popularity is beyond us, as the pickle juice is used to hide all the great flavors of Irish Whiskey. Craft distilled Irish Whiskeys have so much more to offer than being drank as a shot, followed by a flavor killing chaser.

Consider one of these five top shelf sipping Irish Whiskeys to celebrate with on the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

Teeling Vintage Reserve Single Malt Irish Whiskey (92 Proof) is a limited edition Irish Whiskey, with only 5,000 bottles released annually. The whiskey is aged for 21 years in a combination of oak bourbon and wine barrels. It pours a rich golden color, with flavors of honey, apricot, sweet malt and light oak. The finish is long and smooth.


Green Spot Irish Whiskey (90 Proof) is single pot distilled, and aged in a combination of American bourbon oak barrels and Spanish Oloroso sherry casks for 7 to 9 years. The whiskey offers flavors of candied ginger, orange citrus, toasted oak, and honey. Green Spot has also just become available in the US market for the first time this month.


Bushmills Single Malt 16-Year Old Irish Whiskey (80 Proof) is a smooth and flavorful whiskey aged of 16 years in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks. The whiskey is packed with flavors of toasted almonds, chocolate, honey, and malt, with a very smooth finish.


Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength Irish Whiskey (115 Proof) is one of the finest Irish Whiskeys you can buy. The whiskey is single pot distilled with a combination of malted and un-malted barley, then aged for 12 years in bourbon and Spanish Oloroso oak casks. This strong, cask-strength Irish Whiskey has rich flavors of butterscotch, toasted oak, dried fruit, light chocolate, and spice. A long and warm finish tops of each sip. 


Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey (80 Proof) is a premium blended whiskey aged in both bourbon and sherry casks, with full flavors of papaya, cinnamon, vanilla, and charred oak. The whiskey is a blend of pot still and small batch grain whiskeys, aged for an average of 12 years. Limited edition release.