If a few years ago Irish distilleries were scarce, the spirit is experiencing a real renaissance today. We thought it was dead and buried, but now Irish whiskey is rising from the ashes and showing insolent growth in all markets. Formerly called “Uisce beathea” which means brandy, Irish whiskey terrified the English in the 12th century convinced that it made the Irish fierce in battle. Sir Thomas Philips acquired one of the first official licenses in 1608, and immediately established his Old Bushmills distillery. The making of Irish whiskeys is very different from that of Scotch whiskey. Indeed, Irish whiskey is produced from an unmalted barley, but generally dried in a closed oven and distilled three times in large stills, which provide the sweetness and fruitiness characteristic of Irish whiskeys. For an industry that, until recently, had only three operational distilleries, Irish whiskey offers a richly varied range of styles and production methods. And the craze for whiskeys from the famous Emerald Isle is not about to stop, according to statistics that predict the category will grow 300% by 2030 …
Best Cheap Irish Whiskey Brands to Buy
1/ The Pogues Blended Irish Whiskey
This Irish whiskey is produced in collaboration with the legendary folk rock group “The Pogues”. It is produced from 50% single malt and 50% Irish grain whiskey aged in oak barrels, at Skibbereen, in the west of Cork. It is a sweet and intense whiskey with notes of malt and nuts.
[ SHOP $31.36 ]
2/ Teeling Small Batch Irish
The Teeling Small Batch has character to spare. This Irish whiskey is distinguished by the power of its warm aromas of vanilla and spices. On the palate, it turns out to be smooth. It develops notes of dried fruit and lemoncurd with cinnamon. The finish is slightly spicy and woody. Matured for several months in Nicaragua rum barrels, this Irish whiskey is bottled without cold filtration to preserve all the flavors.
[ SHOP $39.99 ]
3/ Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Connemara Peated is a peated Irish single malt from the Cooley distillery. Rewarded with multiple distinctions, this Irish whiskey made from three-quarters of peat malt is characterized on the nose by sweet and sweet flavors. On the palate, the scents blend with complex notes and the characteristic smokiness of peat. Connemara Peated is beautifully gold in color and is reminiscent of some of the best peaty Scottish whiskeys.
[ SHOP $25.26 ]
4/ The Irishman Small Batch Founders Reserve Whiskey
The Irishman Founder’s Reserve is the result of a subtle blend of 70% single malt and 30% pot still whiskey. This elegant Irish whiskey has aged in bourbon barrels. On the nose, it is characterized by a multitude of fruity and spicy aromas. In the mouth, the cocoa gradually asserts itself to give way to surprising notes of vanilla. The finish is short but sharp. In 2009 this Irish whiskey won the gold medal at the International Spirits Challenge in San Francisco.
[ SHOP $43.47 ]
5/ Sadler’s Peaky Blinder Irish Whiskey
This Irish whiskey received a finishing period in Sherry barrels before being bottled as part of Sadler’s Peaky Blinder range. In the famous “Black Country”, the Sadler family has offered the best beers in England since 1900. Over a century of knowledge and passion has led the family to create this Irish blend, sweet and triple distilled. The name comes from a street gang nicknamed the Peaky Blinders, they took control of Birmingham and its surroundings in the 1920s.
[ SHOP $28.84 ]
6/ Roe & Co Blended Irish Whiskey
Roe & Co Irish whiskey is made from a blend of single malts and grain whiskeys matured exclusively in bourbon barrels (a large proportion of which is first filling). It marks Diageo’s return to the Irish whiskey category after selling Bushmills a few years earlier. Roe & Co is bottled at 45% vol and without cold filtration. A whiskey with a velvety and creamy texture marked by notes of sweet fruit and vanilla.
[ SHOP $35.19 ]
7/ Writers Tears Copper Pot
Writers’Tears Copper Pot is a unique vintage of aged single pot still whiskeys and aged Irish single malt, fully aged in American oak bourbon barrels. It is a triple distilled Irish whiskey, gold medalist at the International Spirits Challenge in London. It is one of the highest rated Irish whiskeys in Jim Murray’s “Whiskey Bible”.
[ SHOP $30.75 ]