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The best Irish whiskeys come in these 12 bottles

Looking for a great Irish whiskey to try? Start with this proper list of a dozen best bets.

Jameson Irish Whiskey
Jameson Irish Whiskey
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Green Spot Chateau Montelena
Green Spot Chateau Montelena
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Lambay Small Batch Blend Irish Whiskey
Lambay Small Batch Blend Irish Whiskey
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Egan's Vintage Grain Irish Whiskey
Egan's Vintage Grain Irish Whiskey
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Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey
Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey
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Ballyhoo Irish Whiskey
Ballyhoo Irish Whiskey
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Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey
Teeling Small Batch
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Slane Irish Whiskey
Slane Irish Whiskey
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The Temple 12-Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey
The Temple 12-Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey
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Tullamore Dew Carribean Rum Cask Irish Whiskey
Tullamore D.E.W XO Rum Cask Finish
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Powers Three Swallow
Powers Three Swallow
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Kilbeggan Single Grain
Kilbeggan Single Grain
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Ireland knows a thing or two about whiskey. After all, it's home to the oldest commercial whiskey distillery in the world, dating back to 1608. But with such a rich heritage and plethora of options, where should you direct your glass?

Well, Irish whiskey is actually a pretty manageable category, unlike the endless seas of, say, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon or Scotch. Despite its massive popularity, Ireland hosts a relatively small amount of distilleries. But there's plenty of variation and quality within that span and we have our favorites.

It can be a challenge for first-time drinkers to choose which one to try, especially as we scramble to prep for St. Patrick's Day. Luckily, there's a great Irish whiskey at every price point. If you’re new to the fascinating world of Irish whiskey, never fear for we’ve rounded up the best Irish whiskey for you to enjoy this 2023.

Jameson Irish Whiskey
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Jameson Irish Whiskey

Can you have an Irish whiskey list without the best-selling Irish whiskey in the world? You could, but it wouldn’t be complete. Tried and true, you can’t go wrong with Jameson when it comes to price or taste. If you've never had Irish whiskey before, this is a good place to start. And look out for the Caskmates Stout Edition releases as well as they're excellent.

Jameson Irish Whiskey
Jameson Irish Whiskey
Green Spot Chateau Montelena
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Green Spot Chateau Montelena

The second release in the Wine Geese series from Green Spot, Chateau Montelena is the first to be finished using French Oak Zinfandel wine casks. Before reaching the Zinfandel casks, the whiskey spends time in sherry and bourbon casks, creating a luxurious, sweet (but not too sweet) whiskey.

Green Spot Chateau Montelena
Green Spot Chateau Montelena
Lambay Small Batch Blend Irish Whiskey
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Lambay Small Batch Blend Irish Whiskey

Made from water pulled from the Trinity Well on Lambay Island -- located northeast of Dublin in the Irish Sea -- this small-batch whiskey from Lambay is a triple-distilled blend of malted barley and grain whiskey, which is matured in bourbon barrels before being finished in cognac casks.

Lambay Small Batch Blend Irish Whiskey
Lambay Small Batch Blend Irish Whiskey
Egan’s Vintage Grain Irish Whiskey
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Egan's Vintage Grain Irish Whiskey

The second release from Egan's in the U.S. market, Vintage Grain is a single grain Irish whiskey that has been aged for at least eight years in bourbon barrels. With notes of vanilla and chocolate on the nose, the palate exhibits spice and oak, which lead into a long, smooth finish.

Egan's Vintage Grain Irish Whiskey
Egan's Vintage Grain Irish Whiskey
Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey
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Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey

From the purveyors of one of the best-known bars in the world (working in collaboration with Dublin Liberties Distillery's master distiller Darryl McNally) comes a five-year-aged blend of Irish single malt and grain whiskeys. The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey spends time in ex-bourbon barrels before being finished in half-sized, specially crafted virgin American oak barrels.

Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey
Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey
Ballyhoo Irish Whiskey
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Ballyhoo Irish Whiskey

Ballyhoo is a four-year-old sourced Irish grain whiskey that is brought to the Connacht Whiskey Company in Western Ireland and finished in port barrels. With no artificial flavors or colors, it is easy to see (and easier to taste) the port influence on the whiskey.

Ballyhoo Irish Whiskey
Ballyhoo Irish Whiskey
Teeling Small Batch
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Teeling Small Batch

The flagship whiskey from Teeling, this Irish blend hangs out for a time in ex-rum barrels (after initial maturing), giving the spirit a unique flavor when compared to other whiskeys in the category. It has vanilla and spice on the nose, oak and sweet rum notes on the palate, and a sweet and spicy finish.

Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey
Teeling Small Batch
Slane Irish Whiskey
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Slane Irish Whiskey

Slane Irish Whiskey is triple-casked for a full-bodied yet smooth whiskey. Slane first spends time in heavily toasted, lightly charred virgin oak, then moves to seasoned oak barrels before finally ending up in Oloroso Sherry casks.

Slane Irish Whiskey
Slane Irish Whiskey
The Temple Bar 12-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
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The Temple 12-Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Distilled and put in bourbon barrels in 2004, this whiskey then spent 12 years in the cellars under one of Dublin’s most famous bars. Full-bodied and fruity, you’ll get distinct malt notes playing against hints of citrus in each sip of this whiskey from The Temple Bar Whiskey Company.

The Temple 12-Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey
The Temple 12-Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Tullamore D.E.W. XO Rum Cask Finish
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Tullamore D.E.W XO Rum Cask Finish

The newest permanent addition to the Tullamore D.E.W. line, Tullamore D.E.W. XO Rum Cask Finish uses its original recipe and finishes it in Demerara rum casks. Vanilla and oak are prominent components, which blend with the citrus and spice. The whiskey's tropical notes are enhanced by the rum cask finish.

Tullamore Dew Carribean Rum Cask Irish Whiskey
Tullamore D.E.W XO Rum Cask Finish
Powers Three Swallow
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Powers Three Swallow

This whiskey by Powers is a single-pot still Irish Whiskey that is made with both malted and unmalted barley. The spirit is aged in ex-bourbon casks and finished in Oloroso sherry casks, producing light fruity notes that are followed by caramel and baking spice notes on the finish.

Powers Three Swallow
Powers Three Swallow
Kilbeggan Single Grain whiskey
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Kilbeggan Single Grain

Made from 94% corn and 6% malted barley, Kilbeggan Single Grain is aged in ex-bourbon barrels before being finished in more ex-bourbon barrels as well as a variety of fortified wine casks. With coconut and vanilla on the nose, a sweetness carries itself throughout the whiskey, mingling with notes of hazelnut and oak.

Kilbeggan Single Grain
Kilbeggan Single Grain

The above options are a great first and significant step into the world of Irish whiskey. Need a refresher on how to drink whiskey (there's no shame, we're here for you)? Happy St Patrick's Day!

Mark Stock

Mark Stock is a writer from Portland, Oregon. He fell into wine during the Recession and has been fixated on the stuff since. He spent years making, selling, and sipping Pinot Noir in the Dundee Hills before a full return to his journalistic roots in 2016. He's helplessly tied to European soccer, casting for trout, and grunge rock. In addition to The Manual, he writes for SevenFifty Daily, Sip Northwest, The Somm Journal, The Drake, Willamette Week, Travel Oregon, and more. He has a website and occasionally even updates it: markastock.com.

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