Distilling whiskey is one of Ireland’s oldest and most sacred traditions. Drinking it is one of America’s. The team at Caskers sampled dozens of bottles from all over Ireland and and rounded up 7 (because that’s a lucky number) of the best Irish Whiskeys for you to try this year. These awesomely unique bottles of whiskey are sure to please your palate and impress everyone at the party.
THE TOP SPOT
This 12 Year Old was one of the most highly anticipated bottles to reach the U.S. in the last 12 months and is the new sibling of Green Spot, one of the most sought-after whiskies of 2015. The whiskey was named “Irish Whiskey of the Year” by Whisky Advocate in 2012 and won Gold in the Wizards of Whiskey competition that same year ensuring that this sibling doesn’t live in anyone’s shadow. Bonus: Get free shipping on all Single Pot Still Irish Whiskeys through 3/17 using code STPADDY2016 at checkout.
THE FAMILY LEGACY
The Teeling family has been crafting Irish Whiskey along Marrowbone Lane in Dublin since 1782 making their family tradition nearly as old as the United States. To this day, the Teeling Whiskey Company is still owned and operated by the Teeling Family. "The entrepreneurial spirit that inspired Walter Teeling back in the 18th century has not been diluted over the years and the latest generation of Teelings are committed to innovating and creating unique Irish whiskeys,” says Jack Teeling, the founder of the Teeling Whiskey Company. And they do. The whiskey was called a "standout" by Serious Eats, which said that it was "a meticulously crafted whiskey that's beguiling in its subtle new twist” and earned a score of 95 points from Drink Me Magazine.
the gold standard
The U.S. may have abandoned the gold standard in 1933, but some things are still worth their weight in gold and this whiskey is one of them. Tullamore DEW 12 is aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, which contribute to its unique character and complexity and the judges have taken notice. This whiskey earned the Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and was named “Best in Class” at the International Spirits Challenge.
The Questionably Legal
Legally questionable activities (and whiskies) pique most humans interest and Connemara was built on that, literally. In the 17th and 18th centuries, a number of illegal distillers called Connemara home, taking advantage of the unique lands of Connemara, utilizing the region's peat bogs to produce whiskies reminiscent of Islay Scotch. Each year, a limited number of the most exceptional casks of aging Connemara are selected to become Connemara 12 Year Old Peated Irish Single Malt Whiskey and is the only Connemara whiskey released with an age statement.
the strong winner
Strength and winning awards were enough to capture our attention, add in scarcity and this bottle became a must try. The Irishman Cask Strength Irish Whiskey embodies all of these things and does not disappoint. This whiskey won the Gold Medal at the Whiskey Masters and was awarded 94.5 points in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. Bottled at 108 proof, it surpasses most Irish Whiskies, which are bottled at 80 proof and with less than 3,000 bottles released it’s harder to find than a pot of gold.
traditional irish whiskey
One can’t argue with age and the Kilbeggan Distillery has that in spades. Founded in 1757 by Matthias McManus, the Kilbeggan Distillery is Ireland's oldest operating distillery. However, in 1957 the distillery closed for good following frequent changes in ownership and a severe depression in Ireland during the 1920s and 1930s. But the Irish are not ones to forget tradition; the local community rallied in support, and, with the help of Irishman John Teeling recommenced production at the new Kilbeggan Distillery in 2007.
The Aging Perfectionist
Like all Irish whiskeys, this bottle is triple-distilled through a copper pot still; unlike most Irish Whiskeys, it is then matured for up to 22 years, making it the oldest whiskey on our list. This bottle is the epitome of getting better with age. Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy scored 99 points (and rated best Irish Whiskey) at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 92 points from Whisky Advocate & earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. How’s that for aging gracefully? Bonus: Get free shipping on all Single Pot Still Irish Whiskeys through 3/17 using code STPADDY2016 at checkout.
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