Hamish's Favourite Irish Whiskeys
Writers’ Tears Copper Pot
This one was crafted to reflect the whiskey-making methods of days of old, during the time in which famous writers like Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, and Oscar Wilde would have been partial to a dram or two. This involves using a combination of both malted and un-malted barley and combining aged single pot still and aged single malt Irish whiskey, all matured in American oak ex-bourbon casks. With lovely sweet and spicy flavours such as caramel and ginger, I can't get enough!
"The Spirit of Belfast", this historic Northern Irish whiskey was recently brought back to life by Elchinville Distillery after 76 years out of business. The range utilises vintage blend recipes from the company’s heyday; this being their flagship blend - with pot still, malt and grain whiskies. The bold expression features flavours of buttery biscuits, vanilla, charred oak and vanilla. A gorgeous dram, perfect in place of a dessert - or to accompany one!
Jameson 18 Year Old 2022
A step above the original, this older version of Ireland's best selling whiskey has been matured for almost two decades in oak barrels. Continuing John Jameson's legacy of triple distillation while staying true to the pot still character he established in 1780, Jameson is remarkably smooth and perfectly balanced. The refined flavours of toffee, aged wood and spiced oak will make your (St. Patricks) day.
Redbreast 12 Year Old
This one is one of the most loved Irish whiskeys, all around the world! This single pot still whiskey is internationally acclaimed, winning Gold at the International Spirits Challenge 2022 and Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2021 - and I love it too. Matured in Oloroso sherry casks, the dram has flavours of Christmas cake, perfectly balancing sweetness and spiciness.
Drumshanbo Galanta Single Malt
A triumphant dram from Ireland's The Shed distillery. This particular expression is the first single malt whiskey to be distilled in Connact for over a hundred years. This is one of the more luxurious Irish whiskeys that I sampled, but boy is it good! A warm and toasted dram, it brings forth flavours of butterscotch, toasted nuts, blackberries and golden syrup.
Grace O'Malley Dark Char Blend
A wonderfully smooth blend from Grace O'Malley. This delectably creamy dram has enjoyed a finish in deep char American oak casks to create a cracking flavour profile -fruitcake, butterscotch, toasted oak and espresso all make up this succulent dram.
Proper No. Twelve
Released in 2018, this dram was thought up by UFC lightweight, Conor McGregor, in collaboration with David Elder, the manager of Bushmills Distillery - Ireland's oldest distillery. Proper No. Twelve is named after McGregor's hometown, Crumlin, located in the Dublin 12 area. Triple distilled and matured in ex-bourbon barrels, the expression has a palate full of honey and crisp green apple and a lovely spicy finish.
Bushmills Black Bush Gift Box
A truly iconic expression from the world's oldest whiskey distillery. This dram combines malt whiskey with grain whiskey, resulting in a tasty, smooth and fruity blend. Bushmills Black Bush has spent its lifetime maturing in a combination of Oloroso sherry and bourbon casks, and is presented in a cracking gift box - the perfect present for any St. Patrick's Day celebration.