Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Jonathan, Mar 31, 2015.
Who makes the good stuff? I want to give it a go.
Tried something over the holidays made by Jameson that was extraordinary , best whisky I've had , gotta remember the name , it was very very expensive
Redbreast is really good, Powers is nice and cost effective.
John L Sullivan is also very good if you can find it.
My current favorites are Bushmill's 16 yr old & 21 yr old malts, and Powers John Lane 12 yr old pot still. I'm also a fan of Redbreast 12, 12 cask strength & 15 yr old.
Redbreast is by far the best Irish whisky at somewhat rational prices, although it's gotten above $50/bottle lately and loses some of its value proposition there. Most of the "single malt" kinds of Irish are just too rough for smooth and not complex enough for interesting, relative to Scotch, but Redbreast rivals any Scotch in its price range.
Yup that was it
Best I've had was Bushmills 16 yo. Older than that and its more than I want to spend since I'm primarily a Bourbon guy.
Jameson Whiskey made in Middleton Ireland, Been there back 1995
Redbreast 12 is my choice
Jamesons. After 35+years of giving them my money, I have a proprietary interest in the place.
Jamesons. But, I am looking forward to the first products from the Dingle Distillery that should be ready in a few years. There are some small distilleries around the country now that are making some fine products. They just don't travel.
Red Breast is a very good pot still as others mentioned, really crept up in price. I like Bushmills, especially Black. You can now find Green Spot in the US, but it and Yellow are limited bottlings. Powers is a great value, non-chill filtered at 43%. Tasty.
Redbreast 12 and Jameson's are both tasy to me...
Forgot about Green Spot. That's another I think is great. Haven't had the pleasure of trying Yellow Spot yet.
Greenore is also an interesting Irish whiskey made from corn from France, a kind of "Irish bourbon." I brought a bottle back with me a few years ago, but you can also now find it in the US. Quite good. From the Cooley distillery.
Ummm,...I don't necessarily agree with that. I do like Redbreast, have a bottle of the 12 yr in my cabinet now and it is tasty stuff. I'd put it in the same category in terms of craftsmanship and presentation when compared to scotch in the same price range but the flavor profile is much different.
Next I'd like try Knappogue Castle 12 yr and Green Spot.
I like pretty much everything from Jameson, but the 12 year is my first choice.
Yeah, that's what I meant. Redbreast still tastes like Irish, not Scotch. I'm just comparing quality.
My usual advice for whisky is that if you want to drink cheaply, drink Irish, because cheap Scotch is awful, but if you want to spend >$40/bottle, drink Scotch, because fancy Irish is overpriced and not up to the same quality standards. Redbreast is my exception to that rule.
Of course, this assumes one likes both Irish and Scotch. If you don't like Scotch (or haven't found a Scotch you like, because your Scotch-drinking friends keep giving you Islays that taste like a burning ball of band-aids and sheep poo), then just drink Redbreast and be happy.
edit: Consider that fifty bucks gets you into the land of Highland Park 12, Talisker 10, and maybe even Balvenie Caribbean Cask. That's what fancy single malt Irish has to compete with.