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    Ireland; What to try?

    I'll be traveling to Ireland next week for the first time. What should I try? Bring home?

    I'll be very busy and will likely have little time to sightsee, but I'm sure a pub or two will work into the plans. I'll be near Dublin.

    I've tried Jameson's, Bushmills and Knappogue Castle but am unfamiliar with the more esoteric whiskeys. Your recommendations are appreciated (beers, ales and stouts, too).

    Cheers!

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    Re: Ireland; What to try?

    I'd recommend two pure pot stills that aren't available in the US: Green Spot and Redbreast 15 year old.

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    Re: Ireland; What to try?

    I was in Ireland for a week with a buddy of mine this past February and had a great time with the pours over there. In my estimation, for the most part, the Jameson's labels stood up to all of the others that are in every pub like Bushmills, Paddys, Powers, etc. I have to agree that the Redbreast 15 is worth bringing home...the 12 is available widely in the States. Give Connemara a try...it's just about the only peated whiskey in Ireland, though not nearly as pronounced as the peated Islays. Oh, and DO take home a bottle or even two of Greenore Single Grain...I bought it blind at the airport on the way home, since I hadn't seen it in a single pub while I was in Ireland and I was in, believe me, a lot, so I had no idea what it was like. When I poured some at home I was really...really...happy. Have a great time...and get to Kinsale if you can.

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    Re: Ireland; What to try?

    Try some Jamesons Crested Ten. It isn't available in the US. Also try Coleraine blended if you find a place that has it!

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    Re: Ireland; What to try?

    Green Spot and Redbreast were going to be my suggestions but I was beaten to it.

    YMMV.

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    Re: Ireland; What to try?

    Looks like a lot of the posts were lost in the recent crash, but everybody seems to be recommending the same things.

    Thanks for the tips, guys.

    Cheers!

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    Re: Ireland; What to try?

    There's a place called the Celtic Whiskey Shop in Dublin (Dawson St.) and that's where you can find the best selection.

    There's a Connemara 17 single cask there that I think is brilliant. And there's also a Tyrconnell 17, similarly good.

    Others you can get in Ireland that you will find it harder to get in the U.S. are Powers, Powers 12 (I know they have it in some places in the States now, though), Locke's, Green Spot and Redbreast (as mentioned)...

    The Greenore is like a lovely soft bourbon. There's a 6 yr old, an 8 year old and a 15 year old.

    You could also get some of the new Kilbeggan spirit. There's a sample pack with new spirit, one month old spirit and two year old spirit...

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    Re: Ireland; What to try?

    Power's 12 year old is now entering the U.S. market, and Redbreast will be soon. Given this, focus your efforts on Green Spot or some of the harder to find, older expressions from Cooley (Tyrconnell, Connemara). Jameson Crested Ten is also a nice whiskey and not available in the U.S. It's also a great value, but I don't think in the same caliber as a Green Spot or Redbreast.
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    Re: Ireland; What to try?

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnHansell View Post
    Power's 12 year old is now entering the U.S. market, and Redbreast will be soon.
    I assume you mean the RB 15, as the 12 has been available here for some time. It's my wife's favorite whiskey; she goes through a bottle faster than I go through any of my bourbons. On a recent trip to San Francisco, we picked up two bottles for $40 each, because the Oregon price is $52. I've been wondering if I should have bought a case.

    If indeed the 15 year old shows up here, two things for sure: 1) I'll be buying some, and 2) I'll be hiding it.
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    Re: Ireland; What to try?

    Just back from Ireland last night late. Very busy trip, I had no time to shop for whiskey until I got to the airport in Dublin. Even then I was pressed for time, due to a long line at security.

    The whiskey selection at the duty free was extensive, though, just first rate. The gal working at the shop seemed knowledgeable enough and even had a few samples of whiskey to taste. Whiskey tasting at an airport??!! Hell yeah! I'm all over that.

    I didn't get to try any Redbreast or Green Spot, but she gave me a small taste of Connemara Cask Strength (NAS) that hit me just right, so I bought one. Had I had room in the suitcase for more I'd have bought two (and some Redbreast and Green Spot).

    The Connemara is an untypical Irish whiskey in my experience; very peaty, smoky and spicy. It reminds me a bit of Talisker but without the seaside flavors. Fantastic juice. I wish more cask strength Irish whiskeys were available here.

    As an aside, the Irish people were warm, friendly and uncommonly funny. I had an excellent time there. And, when people tell you that you've never had a Guinness until you've been to Ireland they are correct. I like Guinness but have only a remedial interest in the stuff. In Ireland I loved it, craved it and had several every day. Revelatory stuff, that.

    Thanks again for your tips, guys. Next time I'll arrive at the airport two days early, as different duty free shops have different whiskeys open for tasting. How cool is that?

    Cheers!

 

 

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