Ireland's public holiday approaches fast en is celebrated by Irish and non-Irish people around the world. Beer (sometimes green!) and whiskey flow richly on the Seventeenth of March. If you are looking for something that's not Jameson or Bushmills I can help you with a shopping list for your drinks cabinet.
Teeling Single Malt
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This single malt from the brothers Teeling is a vatting of 5 different wine casks: sherry, port, madeira, white burgundy and cabernet sauvignon. Bottled at 46% ABV and an absolutely recommended and budget friendly dram. Price: €62 / £44. The single grain and small batch whiskey (with rum cask finish) are equally top drams.
Connemara Peated Irish Whiskey
Titanic Irish Whiskey
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This is a five year old whiskey by the recently established Belfast Distillery Company. The name refers to the famous boat from Belfast. The blend is made out of whiskeys from Cooley Distillery. There's also a 10 year old version. Price: €56 / £40.
Greenore Single Grain 8
Irish Single Malt 2001 Uisge Beatha Taigh
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Jurgen’s Whiskyhuis regularly bottles whiskies. The first, a 20 year Ardbeg, was simply put superb. This 13 year old Irish single malt from an undisclosed distillery already sounds very promising. Be aware of the high alcohol by volume... 60% ABV. Price: €81 / £57.
A drop of the Irish
A Drop of the Irish is a whiskey bottled by Robin Tucek, the man behind Blackadder with "a cunning plan". This whiskey changes regularly and will have different ages and ABV. There's a 11 years old peated version and a 14 years old unpeated whisky available. Price: €82 / £58.
Do you think I missed an important Irish whisky for St. Paddy's Day? Let me know in the comments!