Top Irish whiskey and beers for St. Patrick's Day

Details
Kilbeggan

(Photo courtesy of Kilbeggan)

St. Patrick's Day is March 17th, so instead of heading to the local dive for a green beer, consider these fine Irish whiskey and beer choices.

Why does it seem like Irish whiskey lurks in the shadow of its nearby whiskey-producing Gaelic cousin? For starters, Scotland has over 125 distilleries; Ireland has just a handful. The years of American Prohibition didn’t help either; lack of demand, among other things, made the bottles run dry. But things are looking up for the brown spirits of the Emerald Isle.

From our seemingly endless thirst for Jameson (which produces nearly 4 million cases annually) to new, rarefied bottlings, the following libations illustrate the range and appeal of proud-to-be-Irish potables.

Kilbeggan ($24)
For more than 60 years the Kilbeggan Distillery sat unused until the owners of Jim Beam (Beam Global) bought out the owner (Cooley Distillery), remodeled the old digs, and put the bottles back in action. Spicy and citrusy, a little grainy, and with undertones of honey and cracked pepper, Kilbeggan is a good choice for sipping on the rocks or mixing into a gingery toddy.









Blackbush

(Photo courtesy of Bushmills)

Blackbush ($29)
A blend of 80 percent malted barley and 20 percent grain-based whiskies, Bushmills Blackbush gets its fruit-full nose from aging 8 to 10 years in Oloroso sherry casks.

The spirit has an unexpected but pleasingly “slippery” mouthfeel and flavors of brown sugar, apple, and caramel, as well as a spicy, lingering finish.

(See also: Strangest beers in America)




Tyrconnell Single Malt

(Photo courtesy of Tyrconnell)

Tyrconnell Single Malt ($35)
Those in the know seek out this offering from the Cooley Distillery for its clover-like aromas, gentle lemon-honey flavors, and mellowness – qualities that make it oh-so easy to sip when having more than one.









Bushmill’s 10-Year Single Malt

(Photo courtesy of Bushmills)

Bushmills 10-Year Single Malt($40)
The whiskies in this sweet Northern Ireland sipper have spent a minimum of 10 years in ex-bourbon barrels (plus some time in sherry casks).

The result: a full, rich mouthfeel that leaves you with the sensation of having consumed a juicy pear (just, you know, one that’s been doused in whiskey). 










Connemara Peated Single Malt

(Photo courtesy of Connemara)

Connemara Peated Single Malt ($45)
While not at all Ireland is known for peating its whiskies, this unusual entry from Connemara (owned by Cooley Distillery) combines a rounded, soft-and-sweet fruitiness with a smoky bit of bonfire character. It’s the best of both Gaelic worlds.










Jameson 12 Year Special Reserve

(Photo courtesy of Jameson)

Jameson 12 Year Special Reserve ($50)
A big step up in complexity from your basic shot-and-a-can Jameson, this velvety-smooth sipper boasts cinnamon spice and pine nut flavors with a toasty, orange-peel finish.

Savor this one instead of tossing it back with a chaser.









Powers John's Lane

(Photo courtesy of Powers)

Powers John’s Lane ($70)
This single pot still Irish whiskey hits our shores just in time for St. Patrick’s Day this year. Maturation in both seasoned sherry and bourbon casks add caramel and nutty notes, as well as an unexpected earthy quality of heather, wood, and spice that gives this offering from Midleton Distillery some depth.








Redbreast 12 Cask Strength

(Photo courtesy of Redbreast)

Redbreast 12 Cask Strength ($82)
If the bigger-is-better trend in high-alcohol spirits is your bag, then the cask-strength version (57.7 ABV) of this Irish champion should please your palate. Add a tiny bit of water and its heady, warm honey-cake aromas will rise to the surface. You may sense a little sweetness on the tongue at first, followed by notes of allspice, orange peel, and hard-candy.






Jameson 18-Year Limited Edition

(Photo courtesy of Jameson)

Jameson 18-Year Limited Edition ($115)
We’re not sure if this is the ultimate whiskey for the true Jameson fan or the one that will win over folks who’ve been avoiding Irish whiskey altogether. Either way, it’s silky and rich from start to finish, with intensely fruity apricot-pear flavors and a toffee nose, giving it a decadent, dessert-like quality.








Barry Crockett Legacy

(Photo courtesy of Midleton Distillery)

Barry Crockett Legacy ($250)
Mr. Crockett, the soon to retire master distiller from Midleton Distillery, began setting aside barrels to cement his liquid legacy several years ago, and the result – a blend of his favorite single pot still whiskies  –  is worth stamping his name on. The booze has spent over 20 years in seasoned bourbon barrels, giving this creamy, layered whiskey the aromas of vanilla and caramel, with luscious notes of tangerine, apple, and raspberry.

-Written by Amy Zavatto


Read on to see the best Irish beers for St. Patrick's Day


View photo

.
Irish beers for St. Patrick's Day
Guinness has had a good run (since 1769), but the dark, creamy stout’s reign could not last forever. This St. Patrick’s Day, skip the Irish standby in lieu of these five dark-horse contenders to the stout sovereignty.





Left Hand Brewing Company: Milk Stout Nitro

(Photo courtesy of Left Hand Brewing Company)

Left Hand Brewing Company: Milk Stout Nitro (Colorado, USA)

A key reason for Guinness’ enduring success is the creaminess that comes with nitrogen gas. (It creates smaller bubbles than carbon dioxide, creating the trademark head.) Now, Colorado’s Left Hand has bottled its subtly sweet Milk Stout—made with a measure of the dairy sugar lactose—under pressure with nitrogen. The indulgent beer has a head like mocha mousse and a luscious mouthfeel mixed with flavors of milk chocolate and a full-fat latté.


Bar Harbor Brewing Company: Cadillac Mountain Stout

(Photo courtesy of Bar Harbor Brewing Company)

Bar Harbor Brewing Company: Cadillac Mountain Stout (Maine, USA)

In recent years, the Maine brewery has expanded distribution for its rich flagship stout, which is regularly rated one of the best in America. One taste, and you’ll understand the accolades: Cadillac Mountain drinks smooth and velvety, like a cup of cocoa made with half-and-half. A touch of coffee-like bitterness and caramel keep each sip interesting.



Brooklyn Brewery: Dry Irish Stout

(Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery)

Brooklyn Brewery: Dry Irish Stout (Brooklyn, USA)
This year marks the first time that the long-running Brooklyn outfit has bottled this gently carbonated, unfiltered Irish stout. It’s packed with flavors of java and chocolate, which are matched by earthy East Kent Golding hops (from England) and a lustrous head.

At just 4.7 percent ABV, Dry Irish Stout can be an all-day drinker.






Starr Hill: Dark Starr Stout

(Photo courtesy of Starr Hill)

Starr Hill: Dark Starr Stout (Virginia, USA)
A Southeast favorite for more than a decade, this Virginia brewery offers a velvety Irish stout with hints of pumpernickel bread. The key to the inky elixir’s lively, robust profile lies in using a blend of roasted barley and caramel and chocolate malts, which provide lovely touches of light-roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Wheat adds an appealing smoothness.




Brooklyn Brewery: Dry Irish Stout

(Photo courtesy of The Porterhouse Brewing Company)

The Porterhouse Brewing Company: Wrasslers XXXX Stout (Dublin, Ireland)
Yes, you can still get a great stout in Ireland—even if it’s not from Guinness. One of the Emerald Isle’s finest craft breweries is the Dublin-born Porterhouse, which has a deft hand with hoppy pale ales, lagers, and stouts like the roasty Wrasslers.

The dry, balanced obsidian jewel has an assertive bitterness that’s complemented by flavors of ground espresso and baker’s chocolate.

- Written by Joshua M. Bernstein (@JoshMBernstein) is a Brooklyn-based journalist and author of Brewed Awakening: Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World's Craft Brewing Revolution.




More from Details:

The 14 Healthiest Snack Foods

The Top 7 Menswear Trends of Fall 2013

5 Foods That'll Make You Look Younger

Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.

    Recommended for You

    • People
    • US veteran charged with killing PTSD 'therapy dog' as boyfriend filmed her

      A US Army veteran and her boyfriend have been charged with tying her 'therapy dog' to a tree and shooting it five times in the head while filming the horrific killing. Marinna Rollins, 23, and Jarren Heng, 25, were arrested in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and have both been charged with cruelty to animals and conspiracy, arrest documents said. Footage of the brutal killing emerged on Facebook showing the white pit bull tied to a tree in a wooded area.

      International Business Times
    • Colin Cowherd: This ‘awful’ day is only the beginning for ESPN

      Colin Cowherd claims he saw this ESPN doomsday coming years ago. The longtime ESPN voice, who now spouts his opinions on Fox Sports, said he was not surprised by ESPN’s decision to lay off about 100 employees Wednesday after he witnessed the Worldwide Leader jump at billion-dollar TV deals at a time when the TV business was on the decline. Cowherd retroactively pointed to the nine-year, $24 billion contract ESPN inked with the NBA in 2014, when Cowherd still resided in Bristol, as an example of the financially alarming trend in his eyes. “I told my producers, ‘Fellas, it’ll never be the same here,’” he said Wednesday on CBS’ “Bull & Fox” show. “You cannot pay four times for the house [more] than

      New York Post q
    • Donald Trump says he is 'absolutely' considering breaking up 9th Circuit court after blocked executive orders

      Donald Trump is reportedly considering disbanding the US ninth circuit of appeals after court judges blocked two of his executive orders. Mr Trump said he was "absolutely" considering proposals to breakup the "outrageous" court. "Absolutely, I have," Mr Trump told the Washington Examiner of considering breakup proposals.

      The Independent
    • Erin Moran's Husband Releases a Heartbreaking Statement About How She Died

      She passed away at home, holding her husband's hand.

      Country Living
    • Rabbit set to be world's biggest dies on United Airlines flight in fresh PR disaster

      United Airlines has confirmed they are investigating reports that a giant rabbit died while travelling to Chicago on one of its transatlantic flight. Simon, a three-foot continental rabbit, was reportedly travelling from Heathrow to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport after the 10-month old bunny was purchased by a celebrity owner. ‘The client who bought Simon is very famous.

      Yahoo News UK
    • Ancient people left a frightening message for us, and scientists just found it

      10,000 years from now (assuming humans haven't been wiped out by a plague, space rock, or our own destructive tendencies), it'll probably be fairly easy for the average person to research what life was like in 2017. For us here today, finding out what life was like in 11,000BC is much more challenging, but by studying ancient stone carvings and pairing the somewhat confusing messages with archeological data, researchers believe they've discovered concrete evidence of an apocalyptic event that may have altered the future of mankind: a comet strike. The study, performed by a team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh ( PDF ), suggests that a potentially cataclysmic comet strike rapidly and dramatically altered the Earth's climate for hundreds of years, sending humanity into a mini ice age with nearly glacial conditions. The time period when this occurred is known as the Younger Dryas, and has been well documented thanks to ample evidence of the cooling found in core samples, but its cause has been theorized and debated for a long while. Now, thanks to stone carvings left by ancient people in modern day Turkey, researchers believe that a comet was the culprit. The carvings are remarkably preserved and appear to have been created to document an apocalyptic event which devastated the land. Figures depicted in the carvings, including apparently deceased, headless human bodies and other wildlife, were made at around the time the Younger Dryas began, suggesting that the event archived in stone could have been the same one that caused the thousand-year cold snap. The carvings were found at what is considered to be one of the oldest and most important temple sites on the planet, and for the images to appear there suggests that they have enormous historical significance. The Younger Dryas is often credited with pushing ancient humans to band together out of pure necessity, forming the foundation of modern agriculture and other huge advancements in civilization. The idea that a comet may have been responsible for pushing humanity forward is an extremely interesting, and potentially frightening possibility. The findings are far from an iron clad confirmation, but the timing matches up shockingly well, and would have to be a fantastic coincidence if the two events are actually unrelated.

      BGR News
    • Dude teases a lion and gets a healthy dose of instant karma

      It's probably not a good idea to tease things that are perfectly capable of eating you. A man spotted an Asiatic lion in the Gir Forest National Park in India and got a little too wrapped up in watching the king of the jungle. In the clip, released in September of 2016, the man drives just a few feet away from a lion walking alongside the road. He's filming the whole thing, with his window down, no less.  After teasing the lion with his car for a bit, the lion stops, stares at the man and lets out the tiniest, yet powerful roar. While the lion's actions were small, it was enough to freak out the man. He quickly rolled up his window and let out a shriek that seems to say, "OMG I'm I almost just

      Mashable q
    • Oregon fines man $500 for using math to challenge red-light cameras

      Few things in this world are as universally despised as traffic cameras. After his wife received a ticket for tripping a red-light camera, Oregon resident Mats Järlström openly criticized the Orwellian devices and the mathematical formulas these cameras use. It seems Big Brother doesn't take too kindly to dissenters, as according to the Institute for Justice Järlström was fined $500 for violating a law that prohibits mathematical criticism without a license. Free speech is a term that's often misconstrued. It's not some blanket to hide behind while spouting ridicule and hate to anyone and everyone. In the US, what free speech does protect is the right of a person to openly criticize the government,

      Autoblog q
    • In pictures: North Korea carries out massive military test in show of might (14 photos)

      North Korea has conducted what it has called its largest ever combined live-fire drill in an incredible display of power . Hundreds of tanks massed on the coast for the exercise, which involved the firing of more than 300 large-calibre artillery pieces and included submarine torpedo-attacks on mock enemy warships. The secretive state’s official media reported that leader Kim Jong-Un personally observed the show of might. Tensions have been simmering in the region as the relationship between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump deteriorates. The latest military exercise, celebrating the the anniversary of the founding of the North Korean army, is a stark reminder of the damage North Korea could inflict on neighbouring South Korea. It had been suggested that Kim Jong-un would use the occasion to carry out the country’s sixth nuclear test. MORE: Chernobyl disaster: The nuclear ghost town 31 years later MORE: Pictures of the week: Sunrises, soldiers and sumo wrestlers

      Yahoo News UK
    • Woman held captive in pit inside neighbor’s backyard shed, police say

      BLANCHESTER, Ohio -- A crying woman was held captive in a pit inside her neighbor’s backyard shed, and the man was arrested on a charge of kidnapping, police in Ohio say. Dennis Dunn has a history of mental health issues and was taken to a hospital, according to Blanchester police. Police say the woman was reported missing about 2 a.m. Wednesday, and neighbors called police about 4 a.m., after hearing cries from the shed.  Police found Jennifer Elliot in an old well under the shed, CBS Cincinnati affiliate WKRC reports. The well was covered with wood and heavy objects.  Elliot’s mother reported her missing a few hours before she was found. Elliott was taken to a hospital and has been released.

      CBS News q
    • The latest on ESPN layoffs: Ed Werder, Jayson Stark, Trent Dilfer among employees let go

      ESPN is set to lay off about 100 staffers, Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reports, including recognizable reporters and analysts.

      Sports Illustrated
    • Donald Trump presses a red button on his desk and a butler brings him a Coke

      While there has been a great deal of speculation and consternation about the prospect of Donald Trump pressing the nuclear button, it turns out there is another button the President is privy to. Mr Trump has a special wooden box on his desk in the Oval Office of the White House containing a single button which he has been using to order glasses of Coca-Cola. The rectangular box is located on the Resolute Desk which Presidents have used for decades.

      The Independent
    • Missing Man`s Body Found Encased in Concrete

      Police say the body of a Missouri man who had reportedly walked away from an assisted living center was found in a shipping container filled with cement.

      Tribune
    • Thunder’s offseason moves start here: Offer Russell Westbrook $220 million contract

      The contract would make him the highest paid player in the NBA. Think he's walking away from that?

      NBC Sports
    • Sheriff: 'Bachelor' star refused to answer door after crash

      IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Former "Bachelor" Chris Soules called 911 to report his crash that killed a fellow Iowa farmer, seeking medical help for the man before authorities say he left the scene and holed up in his home for hours until his arrest.

      Associated Press
    • 'Married at First Sight' Stars Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner Adorably Reveal Gender of Their Baby

      The happy couple says they are 'so thankful' to be expecting a healthy baby following Otis' miscarriage last July.

      Entertainment Tonight
    • There’s a snake hidden in this photo, and it’s nearly impossible to spot

      As if we needed more proof that snakes are truly the shadiest, here’s something else to justify why we’ve grouped them together…

      Hello Giggles
    • An exemption for Congress roils Republicans’ latest health care effort

      Wednesday night, text leaked of a new Republican amendment to the party’s health care bill, the American Health Care Act, which was part of an ongoing effort to revive the bill in the House. Health law expert Tim Jost called me when he noticed something surprising on the sixth page of the amendment: an exemption for the health insurance of legislators and their staff. Twelve hours later, Republican legislators appear to be split — but not over the exemption policy itself.

      Vox.com q
    • How a Mom's Fitbit Led Police to Charge Her Husband with Her Murder

      How a Mom's Fitbit Led Police to Charge Her Husband with Her Murder

      People