Irish whisky is typically triple distilled and usually doesn’t involve peat in the malting process resulting in their distinctively smooth and fruity flavour. They must be distilled and aged on the island of Ireland to be classed as irish whisky and are often referred to as single pot still, single malt, single grain and blended whisky.
Bushmills Black Bush is an interesting blend that’s a little different from the rest on the market. Bringing together malt whiskies which have been aged for 11 years in sherry casks for a truly alternative flavour. The nose is powerful with lemon, fresh grapes and barley with a flavour which is sweet, almost dairy-infused and rich in fruit. Its finish brings the barley back into centre stage and peppery notes come through strongly.
Bushmills just got even better. An exceptional 10 year old single malt offering which has been recognised for its quality and won awards for its flavour. Rich banana aroma leads into a highly fruited flavour, with hints of chocolate and oak tannin depth. Floral notes are present throughout and this is one whisky that only reveals itself with you pop in a drop of water or two. Simple yet classic and of course, extremely moreish.
Bushmills, a word synonymous with Ireland and a drink that all fans of Irish whisky and whisky in general will know and love. A true classic that has stood the test of time Bushmills is your genuine Irish whisky, complete with floral, herbal nose, the tang of citrus and elderflower in it’s the taste and a long cardamom rich finish. A whisky which commands respect and should be enjoyed neat or with a little ice or water.
A wonderful single pot still whiskey, Green Spot is fabulous stuff, and much loved by the critics.
Hints of peppermint, malt, sweet barley, sugary porridge, creamy vanilla, papaya and citrus.
Spicy and soft, gentle bourbon oak, green woods, menthol, potpourri.
Creamy, long finish, vanilla.
County Cork’s finest creation, Jameson whisky has been enjoyed in Ireland and beyond for over two centuries. Known around the world for its palatable smoothness and velvety touch on the palate, Jameson’s flavour is also worthy of note, sweet and aromatic and thick with marmalade and citrus notes. The sharper flavours are balanced against a touch of sweet vanilla cream, delivering that classic Jameson’s flavour the world knows and loves.
Crested is the new name for Jameson's Crested Ten with an updated look, but the same blend. This is made with older aged Jameson with a high measure of pure pot still whiskey in the mix, a fair proportion of which has been aged in sherry casks to add a spicy sweetness.
Jameson Gold is a premium offering from everyone’s favourite Irish distillery. The rich notes of original Jameson come through in Gold Reserve and it has been highly commended by many expert critics. More intense and syrupy smooth, Gold Reserve has a strong aroma of molasses, grilled almonds and fresh wild flowers. The flavour combines all these elements and more with peanuts, honey and cream coming through, with hot oaky spice delivering a different characteristic. Powerful and memorable, Jameson’s should be proud!
Jameson Redbreast whisky is rarer than your average Irish offering and has some truly memorable key notes. Pouring your first dram will be a pleasure as aromas of freshly cut grass, malt and lemon citrus come through. On drinking you’ll enjoy a flavour rich in ginger with thick honey, hot cinnamon and even notes of sherry on the palate. The cinnamon delivers fiery spice which is satisfying and blends beautifully with the deep malty notes.
Midleton Very Rare tells you a lot about itself in its name, it’s a limited release whisky you really won’t want to miss. Every batch is triple distilled and brings together whiskies between 12 and 25 years old. Unsurprisingly complex and enjoyably bright on the palate, notes of spice, oak and cereals are released strongly with creamy sweetness enjoyed in the form of warm butterscotch and vanilla. The spicy notes build to a powerful finish of a whisky which is worthy of more than a single dram.
A popular Irish whisky with a popular Irish name, Paddy is a triple distilled blended offering from Cork. It’s unusual as it brings together the three key types of whisky from Ireland: pot still, single malt and grain. Oily and vibrantly fresh on the nose, the flavour is rich with fruit, toffee and spiced cereals brought together with sweet vanilla, rounding off each sip in satisfying style.
The second release under the Slane Castle Whiskey brand, this is an interesting blend that we think will become very popular. It has been aged via what they call ‘Triple Casked Whiskey’, meaning it was aged in three varieties of casks: virgin American oak, seasoned bourbon casks and ex-oloroso sherry casks. This recipe creates an exceptional smooth and robust flavour. We believe the use of sherry barrels has rounded this whiskey out nicely, and offers good value for money compared to many other NAS blends in the price range. We first got a sneak peak at this whiskey at Whiskey Live in November, and was one of the most talked about whiskeys of the event.
Spicy at first but quickly sweetened with rich caramel, vanilla and butterscotch, with a deep layer of dried fruit.
Teeling's third limited release celebrating the revival of whiskey distilling in Dublin marks the 18-month anniversary of the moment it was brought back - when Teeling distillery opened in The Liberties. Initially matured in ex-bourbon barrels, it's rather unusually been finished in Pineau des Charentes barrels! Pineau des Charentes, if you don't know, is a a type of fortified wine made from grape must and Cognac eau-de-vie. Very interesting indeed.
Teeling Single Grain is an Irish whisky of much note. There are only a few single grain Irish whiskies out there and Teeling is one of the elite. Sweet but spicy, fruity and bright, you’ll be going back for more than one of these. On the nose you’ll enjoy honeyed orchard fruits, floral depth and a touch of brown sugar. On the palate it’s all about sticky sweetness, with cranberries and apple coming through, spicy cereals in the background adding heat without overwhelming. Light and bright, a true grain whisky.
Tullamore Dew is one of those famous Irish whiskies we all know and love. Classic flavour notes come through, with fruit and malt taking centre stage. Caramel and toffee soon follow and deliver added sweetness and warmth. Bitter fruit peel is balanced against the honeyed notes, vanilla and an herbal depth which really adds more character to the drink. If you were wondering why it’s called dew, it’s simply the initials of the Tullamore Distillery’s manager at the time!
Glendalough Double Barrel is a single grain Irish whiskey, aged in a combination of bourbon and oloroso sherry casks. Sweet and creamy, with butterscotch and honey from the American oak and dried fruit from the Spanish.