The Best Irish Whiskey Brands to Sip for St. Paddy's Day
2024/01/26

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Ireland is known for many things: the rolling green hills, , Guinness beer, and, of course, whiskey! The incredibly smooth, easy-to-drink, liquid gold is the key to any good St. Patrick's Day celebration. Just pair it with a and a lucky —or use the whiskey as a starting point for your favorite . Either way, you’ll want to pick up a bottle of Irish whiskey for your . But why stop there? You can enjoy any one of these Irish whiskey brands all year round! After all, it’s one of the best ways to embrace the spirit (and flavor) of Ireland! (Along with all those .)

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Our Top Picks

1

Best Overall

Green Spot Irish Whiskey

2

Heritage Brand

McConnell's Irish Whisky

3

Worth the Splurge

Redbreast 12-Year Irish Whiskey

4

Star Power

Sláinte Smooth Blend

5

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Popular Pick

Powers Gold Label

6

Classic Choice

Jameson Irish Whiskey

7

Trendiest Option

Proper No. Twelve

8

Historic Brand

Bushmills Irish Whiskey

9

Best Blended

Writers Tears

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10

Best Single Malt

Knappogue Castle

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What's an Irish whiskey you might ask? Well, for one thing, it's made in Ireland. Another thing to note is that Irish whiskey is always spelled with an "e." That's the case for both Ireland and the United States, but in other countries (like Scotland and Japan), you'll find it is often spelled "whisky." Now that we've had our spelling lesson, let's get back to the good stuff! A distinguishing characteristic of Irish whiskey is that it's always aged in a wooden cask for a minimum of three years, but there are four different types: malt, pot still, grain, and blended.

Now that you know a little more about Irish whiskey, the only thing left to do pick up some and a bottle to try for yourself. But don't wait until March 17—these Irish whiskeys can (and should) be enjoyed all year long.

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