What Irish Whiskey Are You Drinking Now?

Discussion in 'Other Beverages' started by Premo88, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. Premo88

    Premo88 Poo-Bah (1,782) Jun 6, 2010 Texas
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    Irish whiskey is famous for being triple distilled in pot stills. The result seems to be an incredibly oily mouthfeel and light, almost fruity flavors that I'm enjoying more and more as I explore the genre. Even entry-level stuff like Jameson and Bushmills seem awfully tasty and enjoyable to me, and Bushmills in particular has become favorite whistle wetter to start a session.

    I'm enjoying some of my Irish whiskeys tonight:
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    Enjoying an Irish? Let us see!

    Good luck to ya!
     
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  2. thesherrybomber

    thesherrybomber Aspirant (258) Jun 13, 2017 California
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    Green Spot, too, which unfortunately I found a bit sweeter than I would have preferred
     
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  3. Premo88

    Premo88 Poo-Bah (1,782) Jun 6, 2010 Texas
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    Green Spot is a candidate for my favorite whiskey across all genres because of that sweetness. I can see why it's too much for some. If I taste Bushmills and Green Spot side-by-side, the Green Spot comes off like a green apple/watermelon Jolly Rancher it's so sweet.

    Have you tried any of the other "Spots"? There's a Red and Yellow, I think. I've only tried Green Spot, but I like it so much that I think I'll try them all at some point.
     
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  4. thesherrybomber

    thesherrybomber Aspirant (258) Jun 13, 2017 California
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    Yeah, I'm not sure if my reaction would have been different had I tried it earlier in my journey. I quite enjoyed the Jameson Black Barrel, Bushmills 10, and Connemara.

    It was my first and only of the Spots, and I've read from some reviews that the Yellow comes off as even sweeter! Any suggestions?
     
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  5. Premo88

    Premo88 Poo-Bah (1,782) Jun 6, 2010 Texas
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    Wow, sweeter than the Green? My suggestion for you would be stay away and try the Red instead?

    I'm a complete newbie to Irish whiskey, so I don't know enough to recommend anything from experience. Some friends swear by Redbreast ... the 12, the 12 cask strength and the 15 in particular. I've also heard Black Bush from Bushmills is good but that it used to be better (a common theme among whiskey fans concerning most whiskeys it seems).

    I'll put Jameson Black Barrel, Bushmills 10 and Connemara on my list. Thanks for the info!
     
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  6. Minnesota_beer_guy

    Minnesota_beer_guy Aspirant (293) Feb 15, 2014 Minnesota

    Thanks for starting this thread! If you like the sweet stuff I highly recommend Redbreast Lustau. That stuff is super sweet. I think it’s an awesome easy drinker.
     
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  7. Minnesota_beer_guy

    Minnesota_beer_guy Aspirant (293) Feb 15, 2014 Minnesota

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    Went to Dublin last week and brought this home. Irish single malt aged in sherry casks. Nowhere near as sweet as Redbreast Lustau but the sherry flavors are present. Similar to Glendronach 12 or a Glenfarclas scotch.
     
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  8. BeRightBock

    BeRightBock Devotee (449) Apr 27, 2007 New York
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  9. Premo88

    Premo88 Poo-Bah (1,782) Jun 6, 2010 Texas
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    You bet. And thanks for the tip!

    Love seeing some action in here. Irish is my favorite post golf dram:
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    Good luck to ya!
     
  10. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,154) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Yellow Spot is sweeter. It's older for one thing (12 years) and the additional time in Sherry barrels accounts for the sweetness. That and a portion of the blend is aged in Spanish Malaga wine barrels which increases the sweetness as well.
     
  11. cryptichead

    cryptichead Meyvn (1,274) Jul 3, 2014 Illinois
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    This is a good one! Finishes on a bit of a spicy note.

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  12. guinness77

    guinness77 Meyvn (1,115) Jan 6, 2014 New York

    No pic. But...15 year Redbreast. The best!

    Fuck. How did this site get even better?
     
  13. guinness77

    guinness77 Meyvn (1,115) Jan 6, 2014 New York

    Everything you’ve heard is true.

    No mentions of Tullamore Dew yet. Great for the price. I agree with your friends...I haven’t had Black Bush in awhile, and I’m generally not a Bushmills fan, but Black Bush is great.
     
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  14. BeRightBock

    BeRightBock Devotee (449) Apr 27, 2007 New York
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    The Double Barrel version is also lovely. Having trouble finding it in NY state.
     
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  15. Thankin_Hank

    Thankin_Hank Defender (641) Nov 18, 2013 Texas

    Black Bush. Still my favorite.[​IMG]
     
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  16. Premo88

    Premo88 Poo-Bah (1,782) Jun 6, 2010 Texas
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  17. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,565) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    This is really good.
     
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  18. Premo88

    Premo88 Poo-Bah (1,782) Jun 6, 2010 Texas
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    Three-day weekend neckpour:
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    Damn is this tasty ... good luck to ya!
     
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  19. lastmango

    lastmango Crusader (775) Dec 11, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    No pics. Ending the day after a few beers and crabcakes with Jameson Black Label.
     
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  20. Premo88

    Premo88 Poo-Bah (1,782) Jun 6, 2010 Texas
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    I almost bought a bottle of Jameson Black Barrel today but thought I should work through a full bottle of regular ol' Jameson before graduating to the better stuff. In fact, because today is my Memorial Day holiday, I'm having an impromptu Irish whiskey seminar:
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    Bushmills-Jameson-Green Spot-Redbreast 12 is the order if you're scoring at home. And of course I expect to do a bit of going back-and-forth for comparisons. And likely a few repours of that Redbreast 12. :wink::yum:

    Cheers!
     
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  21. Doma

    Doma Initiate (29) May 19, 2019 California

    Paddy. The workhorse, simple, unassuming, good. Always surprised by it's oily body, nice bonus apparently not exclusive to more expensive whiskeys.
     
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  22. NextBestThing

    NextBestThing Initiate (189) Apr 5, 2008 New York

    Huge fan of Redbreast 12 and 15 year.

    Relatively local retailer displaying a bottle of 21 year, asking $300. Is this ridiculous? The money is an issue as a matter of principle only. Would love to know if anyone has run into a significantly different price at any US retailers, keeping in mind the wild disparity in prices that we run into with whiskeys.
     
  23. thesherrybomber

    thesherrybomber Aspirant (258) Jun 13, 2017 California
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    Way above my pay grade, but both Total Wine and Bevmo sell for under $250 here. Can't say what's "normal" elsewhere in the US. I'd say shop around
     
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  24. NextBestThing

    NextBestThing Initiate (189) Apr 5, 2008 New York

    I figured it would be something like this. I can find 12 year old for $60 and 15 year old for $98. These are the lowest prices available to me. I see 12 year for up to $75 and 15 year for up to $115, it's crazy.

    Bourbon prices vary even more in my local area, I see Eagle Rare for $30 in one shop and $60 in the next. There's a store nearby that sells 750s of Buffalo Trace for $75. Nuts.
     
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  25. thesherrybomber

    thesherrybomber Aspirant (258) Jun 13, 2017 California
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    Whiskey Exchange has it for $175ish, but I'm not sure about after things like shipping and handling, exchange rates...

    With bourbon, definitely hype. There's been a boom, as I'm sure you're aware, with prices shooting up and collectors snatching up bottles that would have been collecting dust a couple of years ago!

    I think past a certain price, its more about bragging rights than anything else.
     
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  26. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,127) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Good evening, fellow Irish aficionados! I picked up this Tullamore Dew on markdown at the grocery store yesterday. I'd never tried it before. My loss, as it turns out. There's nothing about this that I don't like. It could become a new favorite.

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    Another Irish drinking song:



    Sláinte!
     
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  27. NextBestThing

    NextBestThing Initiate (189) Apr 5, 2008 New York

    I usually keep a bottle like Tullamore D.E.W. lying around so I can conserve more valuable bottles for mini-celebrations or for company. At the moment I'm actually ripping on a bottle of Jameson Black Barrel as a more or less everyday pour.

    I generally go through about a 750 of my everyday pour in 6 to 8 weeks.
     
  28. lastmango

    lastmango Crusader (775) Dec 11, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Love Black Barrel!
     
  29. NextBestThing

    NextBestThing Initiate (189) Apr 5, 2008 New York

    I think it's the char. Really one of the things I particularly enjoy about Irish whiskey is that despite being low abv, especially in the case of the lower-priced, mass-produced bottles, there are still very few flavors which I consider to be overplays. It's a perfect interplay between malted and unmalted barley grain that happens to land squarely in my sweet spot.

    Drinking Redbreast 15 year old on a drizzly day hanging out on the covered front porch with the dog watching the world go by. I actually prefer the 12 year old but the bottle is running a little low and I don't want to make it all go away today.

    Slainte mhaith.
     
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  30. Prince_Casual

    Prince_Casual Disciple (313) Nov 3, 2012 District of Columbia
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    I think Black Barrel is very poorly named, to me it has quite a bit of sherry influence, for such a inexpensive (relatively speaking) bottle, if you're thinking Johnnie (double) black, it's nothing like that at all. I think the column still grain whiskey is a great foil to the single pot still notes- BB is a worthy competitor to RB12, it's more creamy somehow. The 15 is on a higher level though, as is the cask strength 12.

    I wish Midleton would put out more high proof/ cask strength offerings, and maybe even something with NCA, it's just unnecessary.