Irish Whiskey

Irish Whiskey is a whiskey made in Ireland with cereal grains and aged in wooden cask for at least 3 years.  Dating back to 12th century, whiskey is derived from Gaelic term, uisce beatha or uisge beatha, meaning water of life.   Irish whiskey is one of the oldest distilled drinks and was one of the most popular one in world.  Many people love Irish whiskey for it’s signature smoothness and sweetness finish compared to scotch that has smokier flavor or other whiskies.   Some say this unique flavor is due to two major factors: The whiskey is usually distilled three times, and the barley is rarely dried over burning peat.   Of course, just like anything else, there are exceptions such as Connemara peated Irish malt (double distilled) whiskey.

Irish Whiskey

Unlike Scotland that has about hundred distilleries, Ireland has only a handful. But they produce a number of different brands and types of whiskey

Irish whiskey comes in several forms. If the whiskey is continuously distilled from unmalted grains, it is referred to as grain whiskey. This lighter and more neutral spirit is rarely found on its own and the vast majority of grain whiskey is used to make blended whiskey, a product made by mixing column still product with richer and more intense pot still product. Irish whiskeys made in a pot still fall into two categories. Those made entirely from malted barley distilled in a pot still are referred to as single malt whiskeys, a style also very commonly associated with Scotch whisky. The second style of Irish pot still whiskey is single pot still whiskey, made from a mixture of malted and unmalted barley completely distilled in a pot still. This latter style has also been historically referred to as “pure pot still” whiskey and “Irish pot still whiskey”, Older bottlings often bear these names. Regardless of whether the blended whiskey is made from combining grain whiskey with either single malt whiskey or with single pot still whiskey, it is labelled with the same terminology.

You can drink Irish Whiskey straight, neat or on the rocks. You can club soda and ginger ale as mixers. Irish whiskey can also be added to coffee, as in the classic sweet-and-creamy Irish Coffee.

Jameson Irish Whiskey

When you think about Irish Whiskey, Jameson is one of the first brands that comes to mind. Virtually every liquor store and bar in the United States carries it and it’s reasonably priced. It goes down smoothly and has a robust flavor. The company has a reputation for being reliable and this whiskey is great for sipping on or simply keeping in stock for guests.

Redbreast 12 Year Irish Whiskey

This 100% pure singly pot still whiskey is made by IDL (Irish Distillers Ltd.) which is the same distillery in New Midleton where the company produces their other brown spirits – Powers and Jameson. These are blends of pot still whiskey and grain whiskey that are produced in the same four pot stills and three column stills as the Redbreast. Green Spot and Tullamore Dew are also made here by contract. Some would even say that Jameson is in fact a watered-down version of Redbreast – having been “watered down” with grain whiskey.

Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey

With a rich history that dates back to 1829, Tullamore Dew is an Irish whisky that is renowned for its smooth and malty taste.  The small town of Tullamore is home to, ‘The Legendary Irish Whisky’, a tag that is well deserved considering the history and passion that goes into every drop of this fine Irish whisky.  Indeed what this whisky is rich in history and great taste making it a fine Irish whiskey.

Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey

Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Most of the Irish whiskies that you find are of the unpeated variety. However, Connemara is a peated single malt variety whiskey that puts many others in this grouping to shame. One sip and you will realize that this is truly a wonderful whiskey, not only in the United States but around the world as well. Stemming from a collaboration of Gordon Mitchell, a Scottish distiller, along with the Cooley distillery, this wonderful blend became the very first Irish whiskey to be peated.

Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Bushmills Irish Whiskey

The year 1608 was when King James I granted Ireland’s Bushmills region an official license for distilling.  However, the notoriety of Bushmills is thought to extend a few centuries before then.  There are stories of the troops of King Henry II partaking of this spirit.  This tradition is still alive at Ireland’s oldest operating distillery, where the complete process takes place, from the distillation all the way to the bottling.  Bushmills over the past 400 years has developed a world-renowned reputation as a superb classic Irish whiskey.  The distillery today has a rich whiskey portfolio.

Irish Whiskey Basics

The Irish whiskey is regarded as the best and the greatest styles ever produced in the country and the world at large. Below is a quick guide to help you understand the Irish whiskey and distilleries in the Irish market.