Welcome to the Straightbourbon.com Forums.
Page 1 of 16 12311 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 160
  1. #1

    Any fans of Irish whiskey?

    Just wondering how much interest some of you fine folks have in the Emerald Isle offerings?
    I like to keep a few around for a change every now and again. Currently, my favourite non bourbon pour is Bushmills black label.

  2. #2
    Virtuoso
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Chicago SW 'burbs
    Posts
    1,178

    Re: Any fans of Irish whiskey?

    Black Bush is a very good choice indeed. It's almost too easy-drinking.

    The others I've had, and have also liked quite well have been Redbreast 12yo, and Connemara (in both the standard and cask-strength offerings).

    Redbreast is the only example I know of the traditional Irish pot-still whiskey (mash of malted barley and unmalted grains, distilled entirely in pot stills) that is (a) currently in production and (b) affordable. It's one of Irish Distillers' products.

    Connemara, from Cooley, is a pot-stilled single malt (100% malted barley), and the malt is peated. If you like peated Scotches, give it a try.

    Another interesting tidbit: Bushmills has been spun off from the Irish Distillers Group - it's part of Diageo now, with Pernod Ricard holding on to IDG and the Midleton distillery. Cooley is still the only true independent in Ireland, though - that after a long period where IDG had a complete monopoly on Irish whiskey production.

  3. #3
    Connoisseur
    Join Date
    Oct 1999
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    867

    Re: Any fans of Irish whiskey?

    Redbreast is the only example I know of the traditional Irish pot-still whiskey
    There is also Green Spot. Basically, this is a younger version of Redbreast (no age statement, though.) with less sherry input which gives the whiskey opportunity to display some herbal/vegetable characteristics.

    At some stage, the brand was made exclusively for a liquor store in Dublin but in recent years it has cropped up in a lot of places, including Swedish state controlled liquor shops, indicating perhaps a change.

    There was also, produced in conjunction with the Millenium celebrations, a Jameson 15yo. Becoming extremely scarce (not to mention expensive) it reminded me a lot of Redbreast, only difference being more traces of refined oak.

  4. #4

    Re: Any fans of Irish whiskey?

    I have some of the Redbreast around here too. That's been my second choice of late. I had some Tullamore Dew a while back that I liked quite well too but haven't been able to find it again.
    I'm going to have to try the older Jameson's if I can find some. We have some regular Jameson's here and my wife prefers that.

  5. #5
    Connoisseur
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Mentor, Ohio, USA
    Posts
    837

    Re: Any fans of Irish whiskey?

    Yeah, same here. We had an Irish tasting last St Patrick's day. Jameson, Red Breast, Bushmill's 16yo...

    The concensous was for the Bushmill's 16 yo. Very tasty when you want to go that way (which I haven't in some time)

    Ken

  6. #6
    Guru
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Moscow Mills, MO
    Posts
    2,507

    Re: Any fans of Irish whiskey?

    My experience has been mostly in the Bushmills. I have std Bush, Bushmill's Millenium Malt and Redbreast behind my bar but have had the Black Bush and 10 yr Single Malt Bush and have enjoyed them all. I have been rather stingy on the MM which is very good but I really do like the Redbreast from time to time as a change from bourbon.

  7. #7

    Re: Any fans of Irish whiskey?

    I like that idea of an Irish whiskey tasting in March. I may have to collect a couple more samples over the winter and do that.

  8. #8
    Connoisseur
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Near York, PA
    Posts
    897

    Re: Any fans of Irish whiskey?

    Not a big fan of Irish but I do like Bushmill's Millennium Malt. It's getting pretty expensive now though.

  9. #9
    Advanced Taster
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Posts
    144

    Re: Any fans of Irish whiskey?

    Pure pot still Irish, for me, is the greatest of all whisk(e)y. They have made it a little lighter over the last 20 years, though, and I don't think it's as good as it once was.

    Remaining whiskey from old, not closed distilleries like the Jameson Bow Street, Powers John's Lane, Tullamore and Midleton show just how good this kind of whiskey can be. All of these labels are still being produced, but from the new Midleton Distillery.

    Anyway, in my opinion, some great Irish whiskeys are:

    Redbreast
    Green Spot
    Jameson 12
    Powers 12
    Powers Gold Label
    Jameson 18
    Jameson Gold
    Bushmills Millennium
    Bushmills Select Casks - Carribean Rum

  10. #10
    Disciple
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Japan, (American)
    Posts
    1,673

    Re: Any fans of Irish whiskey?


    Hi Hedmans,
    There is also Green Spot. Basically, this is a younger version of Redbreast (no age statement, though.) with less sherry input which gives the whiskey opportunity to display some herbal/vegetable characteristics.

    I have wanted to try the Red Breast for a while now. It is a little bit expensive, I don't remember the price for a bottle when I have seen it but it was somewhere in the range of two good bottles of bourbon and the bourbon has always won out. So Far. I have seen it in one bar, but they wanted 12 bucks for a shot and I think that place gives stingy shots. Not that they short you, but 30, 31 ml isn't much whiskey when you are paying 12 bucks. I may ask my favorite bar to stock some. They will probably do it and they will give me more than my money's worth.

    I didn't know that Green Spot was young Red Breast. I occasionally see it. Next time I will check the price and maybe buy a bottle.

    Ed

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Michael Collins Single Malt Irish Whiskey
    By Gillman in forum Foreign Whiskey
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-14-2006, 10:55
  2. Best bourbon for someone who likes Irish Whiskey?
    By wrbriggs in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: 12-06-2004, 20:04
  3. Irish Whiskey Flight-Charlotte
    By pepcycle in forum Foreign Whiskey
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 02-09-2004, 14:54
  4. Irish Whiskey...what else!
    By Jono in forum Foreign Whiskey
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 04-26-2003, 22:04
  5. F. Paul Pacult on Irish Whiskey
    By texascarl in forum Foreign Whiskey
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 10-07-2002, 05:27

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Back to top