With one of the largest Irish whiskey collections around, The McGinnity Room has a whiskey for every palate and every occasion, featuring both hidden gems and time-tested favorites. With so many choices, we thought we’d help you spend less time pondering and more time enjoying by sharing some inside info on our cherished Irish Whiskeys.
Bushmills- As Ireland’s oldest distillery dating back to 1608, it’s hard to go wrong with a glass full of Bushmills. There is a reason that Bushmills has withstood the test of time –they make great whiskey! At Bushmills, it’s all about the process. It’s one of the few grain-to-glass distilleries left, meaning they make all their coveted whiskey on one site and one site only. While it’s hard to beat a glass of Bushmills original, I encourage you to try their latest release — Bushmills Red Bush. Tripled distilled and aged in bourbon casks, this whiskey makes for happiness in a glass.
Jameson- A powerhouse in the Irish Whiskey world, it would be a crime if we didn’t keep Jameson on our shelves. Its renown smoothness and taste make Jameson great for all occasions. Jameson Irish Whiskey is a blended Irish whiskey that is triple distilled and aged at least 4 years in oak casks. Not because they must, but because they want to provide Jameson with its signature smoothness. Note: Jameson is a key ingredient of an Irish Car Bomb.
Green and Yellow Spot- Changing it up a little bit from the traditional are the Yellow Spot 12 year and the Green Spot Irish whiskeys. Both are traditional Irish Single Pot Still whiskeys made from a mash that includes both malted and un-malted barley, and triple-distilled in copper pot stills. Yellow Spot is a 12-year-old whiskey matured in bourbon, Spanish Sherry, and Spanish Malaga casks. Because both whiskeys have their own distinct taste, they work well in a 50/50 blend. Gee, maybe we could call it a Packer Special?
Tullamore DEW- When it comes to a good, reliable blended Irish Whiskey, it’s hard to beat the venerable Tullamore DEW. With Tullamore DEW, it’s all about the number three. Three natural ingredients, triple blended, triple matured, and triple distilled all combined together to make exceptional whiskey. Be it original Tullamore Dew or the 12-year-old special we keep on hand, you won’t regret a stroll down Tullamore DEW.
RedBreast- Redbreast whiskey has built a loyal following for knowing everything there is to know about single pot still Irish Whiskey. This “in the know” attitude bod wells for RedBreast, as its now the largest selling single pot whiskey in the world. To be enjoyed in its purest form, Redbreast says its product “should be served neat and at room temperature.” If you’re not familiar with Redbreast, it’s time you get in the know. Guarantee you won’t regret it.
Tycronnell- In celebration of a young colt that beat the odds and won the prestigious 1876 National Produce Stakes horse race, local distiller A.A. Watt decided to make a limited-edition small batch whiskey and name it after the colt that won the day – Tycronnell. The rest, you can say, is history. Tycronnell became the best-selling Irish whiskey before prohibition. Today, it’s still around and each bottle bears the same commemorative label that celebrates the triumph of Tycronnell. It’s only right that you give it a try in honor of a horse racing legend and good whiskey.
The Dubliner is a blended Irish whiskey, aged in bourbon casks that produces a light and smooth profile. Popular in its hometown of Dublin, the whisky claims to have captured “the emotion, lifestyle and spirit of Ireland’s most popular city.” As they say, “just like there is no city like Dublin, there is no Whiskey like The Dubliner.”
Greenore- In a whiskey market typically dominated by single malts and blends, Greenore has made a name for itself by being a single-grain whiskey. Greenore comes from the Killbeggan Distillery in County Louth and is not easy to find in your local liquor store. Comparable to a milder Redbreast, Greenore’s is not meant to be an introductory whiskey, but rather one that should be sipped and enjoyed among whiskey enthusiasts and good company.
Writers Tears- For anyone who’s battled the blank page and struggled with writer’s block, this is YOUR whiskey! Writers Tears is a light and sweet Irish Whiskey that’s triple distilled, non-peated and aged in American Oak bourbon casks. It is truly special Irish whiskey that has one of the highest ratings in Jim Murray’s Iconic Whiskey Bible and is also included in Ian Buxton’s publication 101 Whiskeys to try before you die.
Paddy- Distilled in Cork, Paddy is a “high-malt” blend of all three styles of Irish whiskey (malt single pot still and column grain) that’s triple-distilled and aged between 4 and 7 years. While not well known to many outside the Emerald Isle, it’s Ireland’s third best-selling whiskey. So, if you’re looking to try a truly Irish favorite, Paddy is for you.
Sexton- A newcomer to the Irish Whiskey world, Sexton is a single malt whiskey made with 100 percent Irish malted barley, triple-distilled in copper pot stills, and aged in European oak and former sherry casks. It provides a nice change of pace if you are looking to branch out and try something new.
The Irishman- If you’re going to call yourself The Irishman, you better be good. Fortunately, this whiskey is a classic Irish Malt that lives up to its name. It’s triple distilled and aged in Oak Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry Casks, which gives The Irishman an exceptional flavor and complexity. It’s earned a double gold medal in the World Spirits Competition and is a favorite of Irish lasses. I mean, who wouldn’t want to spend an evening with an exceptional Irishman?
Quite simply, there’s no such thing as a bad Irish whiskey, especially when surrounded by the company of close friends and family. Now that you know the ins and outs of our Irish whiskeys, we hope you can focus more on the up and downs… up from the bar and down into your mouth that is. Enjoy!
About the author. Gabe is Danny’s nephew. He’s based in Madison, Wisconsin where he attends the University of Wisconsin and is a freelance writer. He really enjoyed researching this story.