Irish whiskey must be distilled in Ireland and aged for a minimum of three years in oak barrels. Most Irish whiskey is triple distilled. Another technical difference between Irish whiskey and Scotch whisky is that in Ireland distillers can add enzymes to convert starches to sugars before fermentation. Irish whiskey is made (at least in part) with “pot still” whiskey, It is cheaper to produce a blend of pot still and grain whiskey so it’s the case for Jameson, Powers, Paddy, Tullamore Dew, Redbreast, and Green Spot.
2 GINGERS whiskey is faithfully distilled at the famed Kilbeggan Distillery in Ireland, formerly called the Cooley Distillery. The award-winning spirit is smooth, malty, and slightly sweet to start, with a tingle of honey and citrus. The woody essence of this four-year-aged blend suggests caramel and vanilla to the finish. Smooth, malty, and slightly sweet to start, with a tingle of honey and citrus. 2 GINGERS is a blended Irish whiskey, distilled twice and aged four years in the mild climate at the Cooley Distillery.
Black Bush is the leading super-premium Irish whiskey in the world, appealing to connoisseurs of fine wines, cognacs, single-malt scotches, and other super-premium sipping spirits. The whiskey is aged up to 7 years in a combination of oloroso sherry casks and ex-bourbon casks. The result is obviously sherry-influenced, but not overly sweet or fruity.
Bushmills Irish Whiskey is more than whiskey – people feel it – there’s a spirit of independence, and adventure told through stories from the past. Bushmills Irish Whiskey is made from a combination of a single malt and a single grain and triple-distilled in copper pot stills. Natural ingredients from the surrounding countryside include: ripe, Irish barley and fresh spring water from St. Columb’s Rill, a tributary of the River Bush. Aged a minimum of four years in oak casks. After aging, matured whiskey is blended with light grain whiskey to enhance its smoothness.
Bushmills Irish Whiskey 10 year Old Single Malt is the world’s only aged single malt Irish whiskey. It ages for a minimum of 10 years in select bourbon oak casks and a select number of Oloroso sherry casks, developing its full flavor, character and hue. Triple distilled for exceptional smoothness. A creamy, yet light mouth feel along with some crisp barley, warm vanilla and gentle pepper and spice flavors.
For those looking for the smoothest of whiskeys, Bushmills Red Bush is a blend of malt and fine grain whiskeys that is as versatile as it is smooth. Triple-distilled and aged for a minimum of 3 years, this easy drinking whiskey is excellent straight up or in mixed serves. Bushmills Red Bush is an impeccably balanced Irish whiskey matured to perfection in American white oak bourbon casks.
Bushmills 16yr Single Malt is triple distilled, and aged for 16 years in a combination of Oloroso Sherry and Bourbon casks. The Irish whiskey is then finished in port wine barrels, for several months. This unique maturation process is what gives this single malt its distinct flavor profile, ripe with notes of fruits, nuts and spice.
Clontarf Black Label Irish Whisky is extraordinarily rich, brimming with toffee and subtle oak, packed bull of flavor and body. Time honored and traditional techniques produce the finest quality charcoal from Irish oak grown on the wild and rugged Atlantic coast of South West Ireland. In a slow and delicate process the smoldering embers finally produce a charcoal so fine that filtration produces a mellow Irish whiskey of supreme quality and smoothness.
Connamara Irish Whiskey is rare amongst Irish whiskey, its hook being the smokiness associated with the malts produced by their neighbors Scotland. It’s a style of whiskey that had died away in Ireland after the 19th century, when small distillers would probably have dried their malt with whatever fuel was available at the time.
Connemara Irish Whiskey 12 year Old is the quintessential Irish peated Single Malt whiskey. It is a double distilled Single Malt whiskey produced at the Cooley Distillery in Co. Louth and matured for 12 years in ex American oak casks. An expressive nose with a vibrant presence of peat. Smooth, melodious taste with a superb mix of fruit and peat. Round and full character with tantalizing traces of almond, marzipan and biscuit. A strong spicy bite to the finish that is dominated by an extraordinary peat explosion with a vanilla creaminess that luxuriates across the mouth leaving a long finish on the palate.
Greenore Single Grain Irish Whiskey 8 year old is a truly unique whiskey as it is the only expression of Irish Single Grain whiskey in the world. Single Grain whiskeys are very rare as most grain whiskey is normally mixed with Malt whiskeys to make Blended whiskey. Soon, Greenore will no longer exist, making this whiskey a collector’s item over the coming years.
Hell-Cat Maggie was a member of the notorious Dead Rabbits gang that roamed New York City in the era that inspired the blockbuster film Gangs of New York. A feared streetfighter, Maggie wore razor sharp brass talons on her fingers and filed her teeth into points.
Hyde Irish Whiskey has sourced a 10 year old single malt from Cork County’s Hibernia Distillers. The whiskey was initially matured in bourbon barrels before being finished in first-fill oloroso sherry casks. The Hyde 10 Year Old “No. 1 Presidents Cask” is limited edition single malt Irish whiskey of just 5,000 bottles.
Jameson Caskmates is aged in craft stout-seasoned oak barrels for a truly original finish. There is the initial sweet mouth coating typical of the Irish Pot Still Whiskey inclusion. Then the effect of the Beer Cask finish becomes apparent with the subtle touch of Hops and Cocoa Beans. Some Marzipan and Charred Oak add to the complexity.
Jameson Irish Whiskey is triple distilled to deliver twice the smoothness. But there is a little more to this precise craft, it’s also about getting the perfect balance right. The balance between just the right amount of malted and un-malted barley to give a natural barley flavor. Balancing the exact proportions of triple distilled Pot Still Whiskeys and then triple distilled Grain Whiskeys to deliver exceptional smoothness.
Jameson Irish Whiskey 12 year old, with its full-bodied flavor, is like a friendly handshake welcoming you into the world of aged whiskeys. With its pot still whiskeys infused with sherry casks, it’s the best known and most popular of the aged Jameson whiskeys. Matured in a combination of Oloroso sherry casks and seasoned bourbon barrels, Jameson 12 Year Old is an intense but smoothly balanced whiskey.
Jameson Irish Whiskey 18 year old journey begins with three beautifully matched whiskeys. Nurtured for at least 18 years in hand selected American barrels and European oak casks, they are finished in first-fill bourbon barrels where they complete their rite of passage and add subtle traces of vanilla on the palate. Once matured to perfection, the result is an exceptionally balanced whiskey with a mellow complex taste and lingering finale of wood, spice and toffee.