I just tried Knappogue Castle 14 yr for the first time tonight, and it is simply delicious. We had it along with the Powers John's Lane 12 yr, which is my favorite Irish, and the KC14 held it's own. The KC14 has bright, grassy citrus flavors with a touch of raisiny richness, while the PJL12 is dark and brooding honeyed spice with a hint of fudge on the finish. The KC14 nose is simply one of the best out there. Try it.
Still not much news on the Redbreast 21 but I did find the label application. 92 proof isn't bad if that is what it proves to be. Same as the current 15yo.
Yellow Spot still my favorite, but looking forward to trying the Powers John's Lane very soon. Heard so many great things about it.
It is hard not to like Irish - everything I've tried has had its place and it's hard to pick favorites. For Bushmill's, I'd say Black Bush for value, and the 16yo and 21yo when you want something rich/sweet. Also went over well with the non-whisk(e)y drinkers around me.
Redbreast 12 C.S. is absolutely fantastic, and I recently opened a Jameson's Gold (I think 15 yrs?) which was also rich and so soothing. Jameson's 12 was also incredibly nice for the price. Common theme for me in Irish is the rich creaminess I get off of every dram.
Can't say which has been my favorite because for some time now I've been looking for a Powers Johns Lane and a Green/Yellow Spot to try.
Not that I know of. I think it may be here sometime later in the year.
Both Green Spot and Yellow appear to only be available north of the border at present although rumors of their arrival in the US have been circulating for some time. Powers John's Lane is available in at least some parts of the US.