6 Irish Whiskies You Should Try This St. Patrick's Day

6 Irish Whiskies You Should Try This St. Patrick’s Day


Man cannot live on Guinness alone. This St. Patrick’s Day, cap the night with some fine Irish whiskey. And if you haven’t broadened your horizons outside of one or two different bottles, there’s a lot for you to try. Here are six of our favorites you may not have sampled yet.

Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix

In a sense, Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix is Irish whiskey in a nutshell. The limited edition is a blend of three different types of Irish whiskey—golden grain, malt, and pure pot still. It packs notes of sherry thanks to being finished in oloroso sherry casks, and it’s loaded at 55% ABV. It’s a spicier whiskey, so if you like that bite, it’s a wonderful bottle to keep on your home bar. $60

Yellow Spot

You know why this St. Patrick’s Day is extra special? Yellow Spot just arrived in the US. One of our favorite Irish whiskies has been a staple in Ireland, and now you don’t have to book a flight to drink it. Listen to this taste profile from Single Pot Still’s site and tell us you aren’t salivating: “Flavors of fresh coffee, creamy milk chocolate and crème brûlée. Notes of red apple and toasted oak.” Yeah, it’s that good. The recipe is inspired by the original Yellow Spot of the mid-1900s, and retains that signature sweetness that made the first so highly praised. $90

Knappogue Castle 12 Year

The 14 and 16 are both really nice bottles from Castle Brands, but the 12 is really an exceptional deal. Knappogue Castle 12 Year is a single malt aged in ex-bourbon casks for 12 years and has a maple-like sweetness. It’s sweet, spicy, and even a bit citrusy. If you’re a bourbon fan looking to dive into Irish whiskey, we couldn’t think of a better place to start. $40

Bushmills 21 Year-Old

When you get into this price range, you want to make sure the whiskey you’re buying is worth the hit to your wallet. Luckily, Bushmills 21 Year-Old is. One of the finest Irish whiskies money can buy, Bushmills 21 Year-Old is matured in bourbon and sherry barrels for 21 years before the two meet for a couple of years in a maderia-infused cask. What emerges is a rich whiskey with notes of dark chocolate, toffee, and a finish that will last until next St. Paddy’s day. $115

Redbreast 12

If we had to pick one Irish whiskey that’s a step up from standard to drink forever, it would be Redbreast 12. It’s smooth and clean with notes of ginger and a profile that’s been called similar to ‘Christmas cake.’ It’s a full-bodied gem from Midleton that’s a steal at fifty bucks. $50

Tyrconnell Single Malt

Getting its name from a 1900s race horse that defied 100:1 odds, Tyrconnell is made from 100% malted barley. If you’re a fan of crisp white wines, we find a lot of those orchard fruit notes in Tyrconnell. It’s fresh and bright with just a bit of spice. For an affordable bottle that not everyone of your guests will already know, it’s a wise selection. $35

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