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Top 10 Irish whiskeys

14th March, 2014 by Lauren Eads

What better way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day than with a tipple or two of some of the world’s best Irish whiskeys.

Connemara, County Galway

Connemara, County Galway

Despite there now being just a handful of operational distilleries producing Irish whiskey, the category features a range of diverse products from blends to Irish single pot stills and single malts.

Irish whiskeys are usually triple distilled and are known for their less-smoky-than-Scotch flavour.

All Irish whiskey’s are required to be aged in wooden casks for at least three years with single malts made in pot stills from malted grains.

The majority of growth within the Irish whiskey category is led by Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard’s Jameson, which soared by 4.1% in 2012, but a host of other brands are now clipping at its heels.

So this 17 March, why not raise a toast to the patron saint of Ireland with one of these top rated Irish whiskeys as rated by

Scroll through to see the site’s top 10 rated Irish whiskeys…

19 Responses to “Top 10 Irish whiskeys”

  1. Bob T. says:

    I’m flabbergasted to learn that Irish whiskey in general, and The Irishman Cask Strength Blended Irish Whiskey in particular, are “… distilled in wooden casks for at least three years ….”

    No wonder Irish whiskey tastes so distinctly different. Who knew?

  2. Jake says:

    You can’t beat Irish whiskey!

  3. Chestertnted says:

    Did you not get paid by Bushmill?…best Irish whiskey..!!

  4. Dale B says:

    12 day buddy golf trip & only the top ten… Any suggestions for the other two evenings? Bushmills & ???
    Which of the Irish Whiskeys should my playing partners stay away from?

  5. Mick says:

    I would go with Bushmills Black Bush and Tullamore DEW

  6. FYI – if you are going to write as an authority on Irish whiskey, get your facts right. No such hing as green spot 10 and 12 year whiskeys. Green spot is 10 years, yellow spot is 12 years.

  7. Matthew Kurowski says:


    The bottles of two of the selections in the slideshow are “Green Spot” and “12”. I’m not an authority on this but pointing out the probably source of the association. So I Googled Green Spot and Yellow Spot and found that both are brands from two different distilleries. Mitchell and Son for Green Spot and Irish Distillers for Yellow Spot.


  8. Bill Fulgenzi says:

    Redbreast 12, what happened? This is an excellent representation of Irish.

  9. RAf says:

    Hail Irish whiskey.

  10. Richard Huguenin says:

    I am 51 years old and have always chosen to drink sour mash. A couple of months ago I tried Jameson. OH MY GOD! It is so sad when you figure out just what you have been missing. It was not the 12 or 18 year old, just regular Jameson and I don’t have to go any further.

    • Sandy Cotton says:

      Sooo true about Jameson!! My son says, “Mom, the way you talk about Jameson is just weird!” He says if I am out with him, I can’t order Jameson!! Only a TRUE Irish Whiskey lover can understand!!!

  11. Jeff says:

    This list is horrible. Please anyone who doesnt know about Irish Whiskey dont listen to this.. If you want to start with the 2 best Irish Whiskeys go for Midleton (the regular midleton which runs about $140) and Redbreast 12 or 15 year (appx $50 & $75).. They are better than most popular scotches and most everything on this list.. Enjoy and your welcome..

  12. Cooney says:

    My last name is Cooney – I know Iriah whiskey and no of you are correct.

  13. Smarta$$ says:

    Whiskey is not “distilled in barrels”. It is distilled in a still and AGED in barrels. An “expert” website ought to be accurate, no?

  14. Sandra says:

    According to my Mom who just returned from Ireland Paddy’s is the best and most popular Irish Whiskey in Ireland. It’s hard to find in the US apparently. Matter fact she’s having a glass of it right now for New Year’s Eve.

  15. PETE says:

    Been a Scotch drinker since I was a teenager but I switched to Irish whiskey about five years ago because it is just as tasty but smoother. I can’t afford the really expensive Irish whiskeys but I have consumed almost all the less expensive ones. My favorite–hands down–Red Breast 12.

  16. jjames says:

    I remember being 8 years old, my great-uncles gave me a shot glass of Irish Whiskey, and said, boy you need to learn your heritage. I did, I went into the front room, my mother askef what I was doing, I told her. She stood up, and my great-uncles said sit down. This boy needs to know his heritage. She sat down, and I knew what IRISH was. GO NOTRE DAME AND AM PROUD!!!!

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