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Best Irish Whiskey

With production first documented around the 12th century, Irish whiskey was among the first distilled drinks to come out of Europe. And its popularity is unwavering, centuries later. Whether you’re dipping a toe into some whiskey tasting, or gifting a connoisseur, here are the bottles you should be buying.

Redbreast Irish Whiskey

Malted and unmalted barley go into this triple-distilled liquor, a signature bottling that’s been matured in both American Oak barrels and Oloroso Sherry seasoned Spanish oak butts. Satisfying and complex, Redbreast’s distinctive flavoursome taste will linger – it’s the whiskey that keeps on giving.

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Knappogue Castle 12-year-old

The brand’s signature expression is made from malted barley and triple distilled, batch by batch, in traditional, onion-shaped copper pot stills within its castle home. It’s then aged for 12 years in bourbon oak casks, creating a mellow biscuity flavour with pops of mild spice and a delicate fruitiness. Clean, and smooth, Knappogue Castle is an award-winning Irish whiskey.

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The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Presented in an unusual and sassy bottle, its hexagonal shape pays homage to the Giant’s Causeway – home of The Sexton. Crafted from Irish malted barley and triple distilled in copper, the liquid is then aged in oloroso sherry butts, allowing the whisky to marinade in woody aromas. The whisky holds has a bold taste, with nutty, dark chocolate and marzipan notes.

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Teeling Small Batch

Dublin’s Teeling has launched their very first Small Batch Irish whiskey; a blend of malt and grain whiskeys. It undergoes a double ageing process, first in ex-Bourbon barrels, then in Central American rum casks for an alternative flavour – add it to coffee for the perfect boozy hot beverage. Non-chill filtered, Teeling’s whisky is bottled at 46% ABV.

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Writers’ Tears Copper Pot

Taking its cue from 19th and early 20th century Ireland (a golden era for national playwrights, novelists and poets), this whiskey celebrates all things literary and the bygone relationship between writers and whiskey barons. Copper Pot is triple distilled, non-peated and matured in Flame Charred American Oak bourbon casks; named by Ian Buxton among “101 Whiskeys to try before you die”.

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KINAHAN’S Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Matured in American oak, first-fill, ex-bourbon casks, this single malt takes on a shiny gold hue. In terms of its nose, you’ll get a mix of bright citrus and moody cigar/tobacco vibes, that create a complementary contrast. The brand has a legacy dating back to the 1700s, with generations of the same family at the helm. This is perfect for those who like a traditional single malt, with a gentle and refined taste.

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