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@CanadianNinja
CanadianNinja started a discussion

I am planning to pick up a bottle of Irish whisky this weekend. At the moment I'm thinking Bushmills 16 yo Single Malt or Tullamore Dew 12 yo. Both good drams in my opinion. I would like to know, when it comes to Irish whiskies, what are some of your favorites? Feel free to suggest both affordable and higher priced bottles.

11 years ago

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@Victor
Victor replied

High end: Redbreast 12 Cask Strength, Bushmills 21 yo Malt Madeira Finish, or Jameson's Rarest Vintage Reserve

Otherwise I would prefer to be drinking standard Redbreast 12, Jameson 12 Special Reserve, Jameson Gold Reserve, Connemara Cask Strength, or Greenore 15 yo

11 years ago 0

@Mantisking
Mantisking replied

Sleive Foy 8yo is one of my favorites.

11 years ago 0

@Bourbondork
Bourbondork replied

@Victor I agree with Victor. The RB12 Cask is exceptional. I also like very much the Jameson 12....it's a solid pour and the price is fair.

11 years ago 1Who liked this?

@CanadianNinja

I've been looking for the Redbreast 12 Cask Strength for quite a while but I'm having a heck of a time finding it here in Japan. I would also agree that Bushmills 21 yo Malt Madeira is superb, I had the pleasure of sharing a bottle with a few friends some time back. Jameson Gold Reserve and 12 Special Reserve also great bottles.

11 years ago 0

bennibarrel replied

I would prefer Redbreast 12, Redbreast 15, Jameson 18. I personally like Lockes 8yo even though its a very young whiskey.

11 years ago 0

@OCeallaigh
OCeallaigh replied

Standard Bottlings: Redbreast, Connemara & Powers are some personal favourites

And some more high end bottles that are great are Redbreast 12 cask strength, Other Connemaras, Powers John's Lane, Knappogue Castle, Jameson 12, Gold and 18. I don't particularly like ANY Bushmills products, but love anything that is Pure Pot Still.

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@BlissInABarrel

Kilbeggan 15 year is super yummy..that's a natural, rich creaminess and oak quality to it that i think is very nice ...just stunning i think. connemara single malt irish peated whiskey (nice, clean smoke from beginning to end). midleton very rare is also super delicious (it's jam packed with flavours. it can shift in 5 different profiles within a split second). um yar..i haven't had the other ones..though i tried like a basic bushmills and i thought it was pretty decent for what it was. it was smooth and mellow, as expected of irish whiskeys. let me know what your'e gonna get. but it sounds like the other folks are giving you great suggestions. :D

11 years ago 0

@Abunadhman
Abunadhman replied

Connemara 'Peated' Cask Strength. The old bottling before the recent giagantic price hike! It was beautiful, stylish and affordable. It is sorely missed!

11 years ago 0

@CanadianNinja

Some fantastic suggestions! In the end however I decided to pick up the Bushmills Single Malt 10 yo. I've actually never had the 10 yo before! It was on sale so I just couldn't resist. I will open it and give it a try shortly...

11 years ago 0

@CanadianNinja

I have been enjoying this Bushmills 10 yo for the past couple of hours...

I am loving the pear, honey and raisin notes that I'm getting from it.

Overall, I would say a quality dram! Certainly not as good as the 16 yo in my opinion but a bottle that I would absolutely buy again.

11 years ago 0

@Berg
Berg replied

Glad your enjoying Bushmills. I do think you should pick up a bottle of Red Breast when you get the opportunity and you're looking for something a little different.

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bennibarrel replied

I do like Bushmills 10 too. It was a good decision!

11 years ago 0

@olivier
olivier replied

John Power's 12yo Single Malt and Knappogue Castle 1995. Both very affordable and excellent.

11 years ago 0

@Fons
Fons replied

Redbreast 12 Cask Strength is pick of the litter, but the normal Redbreast 12 will do just fine too. Connemara cask strength is a great peaty irish whisky and the Black Bush is a great every day dram. I've got a bottle of Powers John's Lane, but it remains unopened for the moment.

if I were a leprechaun, I'd trade my pot of gold for some pure pot still.

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@Pudge72
Pudge72 replied

Jameson 18 has been the favourite (albeit only one sample at a bar) of the ones that I have tried (great tropical fruit, with a chocolate base, profile).
Writer's Tears has been a very nice recent addition to my cabinet with a great creamy profile balancing the pot still influence.
Redbreast 12 is a solid all around pot still pour. Bushmills Black Bush has been a favourite 'value' bottle of mine, with certain pours of the bottle being quite stunning in presenting the sherry influences.

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