New Irish Whiskeys to Drink Now

Irish whiskey is likely one of the quickest rising spirit classes within the U.S. In line with the Distilled Spirits Council of the US, customers bought greater than six million circumstances of Irish whiskey final yr, with the high-end and super-premium segments having fun with notably good development.

Irish whiskey mainstays like Jameson and Tullamore DEW are at all times tremendous choices, however with extra bottles hitting the cabinets annually, you’ve acquired your decide—whether or not you’re scanning the aisles for St. Patrick’s Day, or any day. New Irish whiskeys embrace expressions from upstarts like Shortcross and Clan Colla in addition to what’s-old-is-new-again operations like McConnell’s. You’ll additionally discover a couple new additions to Bushmills core portfolio which will take a look at your pockets, however will provide you with a style of among the oldest juice in the marketplace. These are six new Irish whiskeys to drink now.

Shortcross Rye & Malt Irish Whiskey

a bottle of Shortcross Rye & Malt Irish Whiskey sitting on barrels
Rademon Property Distillery

Shortcross acquired its begin in gin, releasing its first product in 2014, however the Rademon Property Distillery in Northern Eire at all times deliberate to make whiskey. The Shortcross Rye & Malt Irish Whiskey is created from a mash invoice of between 30-50% malted rye, and the rest is malted barley. The mash is double distilled after which aged in a mixture of ex-bourbon barrels and virgin oak for 5 years earlier than the casks are married and bottled. There’s no coloring added and the liquid isn’t chill filtered. The whiskey presents mushy, creamy caramel and citrus on the nostril, and flavors embrace ginger, rye spice, apricot, milk chocolate, darkish fudge, and candy orange marmalade.

46% ABV / £65

McConnell’s 5-12 months-Previous Irish Whiskey

a bottle of McConnell's 5-Year-Old Irish Whiskey

The McConnell’s model dates again to 1776, was relaunched in 2020, and as we speak is available within the U.S. and lots of different markets all over the world. For now, McConnell’s whiskeys are sourced blends, however they’re opening a distillery in Belfast later this yr and can quickly be distilling on website. (Enjoyable truth: the distillery is positioned inside an outdated Victorian jail.) McConnell’s 5-12 months-Previous is created from a mix of 40% malted barley and 60% grain, and is aged in ex-bourbon barrels. It exhibits a number of tropical fruits, honeydew melon, vanilla, honey, and a gentle peppery spice on the nostril. The palate is delicate and clear, and largely follows the nostril with tropical and stone fruits. Butterscotch and honey be a part of the occasion earlier than it finishes with peppery spice.

McConnell’s additionally makes an Oloroso sherry-finished model of the five-year-old whiskey, and finally the distillery plans so as to add single malts to its portfolio.

42% ABV / $35

Clan Colla 7-12 months-Previous Single Grain Irish Whiskey

a bottle of Clan Colla 7-Year-Old Irish Whiskey
Ahascragh Distillery

Based by a husband-and-wife duo, Michelle and Gareth McAllister, the Clan Colla model options a wide range of expressions starting from seven to twenty years. Every is a restricted launch that enlists a unique end. Within the case of the seven-year, single grain whiskey is aged in bourbon casks after which completed in Panama rum barrels. It options Christmasy spice notes on the nostril, with a palate of vanilla, banana, dried fruit, baking spices, and cereal grains. The liquid is presently sourced, however the founders are within the strategy of constructing the Ahascragh Distillery, turning an outdated grain mill into an eco-friendly facility that’s powered by renewable vitality. Ahascragh additionally makes Xin Gin and Uais, a whiskey that blends pot nonetheless with single malt and grain whiskey.

46% ABV / £65.00

Triple Canine Irish Whiskey

a bottle of Triple Dog Irish whiskey
Triple Canine

Triple Canine was based by Dan O’Shevlin, a whiskey aficionado with a background in biochemistry. He was handed a 1916 recipe for his grandfather’s unrealized Irish whiskey, and set to work to make that whiskey a actuality. It’s made in Dundalk, County Louth, from a mix of Irish malted and unmalted grains, then triple-distilled in a copper pot nonetheless and copper column stills. It’s aged for no less than 4 years in French oak casks. Triple Canine has a candy aroma of toasted caramel, and a wealthy palate of crème brûlée, honey, and cracked vanilla bean adopted by a citrusy end.

40% ABV / $40

Bushmills 25 12 months and Bushmills 30 12 months Irish Whiskeys

bushmills 25 year irish whiskey

When you’re trying to splurge, Bushmills added two new expressions to its core portfolio: Bushmills 25 and Bushmills 30. The previous is matured in bourbon barrels and sherry butts for nearly six years earlier than going into first-fill ruby port pipe casks for an additional twenty years. The latter is the oldest expression within the model’s core vary thus far, and was matured in bourbon barrels and sherry butts for 14 years earlier than transferring into first-fill Pedro Ximénez casks for 16 years. Bushmills 25 (46% ABV / $900) is floral and fruity, with mushy spice. Bushmills 30 (46% ABV / $2,200) is wealthy and chic, with cherry aromas and many intense dried fruit.

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