Twenty years ago, Irish whiskey was a pretty sleepy category of spirits. Indeed, the whole 20th century was a bit of a downer for it. As we recounted in Whiskey: A Global History, Ireland was the whiskey king for much
Ask your average liquor drinker “What does Scotch taste like?” and you likely will hear the word “smoky” used. Which is usually true, as most Scotch whiskies are made with peated barley. And if you were to ask a drinker
Often we are asked by whiskey virgins, “What whiskey should we try?” Irish is a fine place to start. It usually is not very pricy, and Irish tends to be a gentle, approachable whiskey, unlike Scotch, which can overwhelm the
Ah, the good old John Power and Son “three swallows” whiskey—we adore this simple drink. Powers Gold Label (80 proof) is a bargain whiskey that offers up plenty of taste. The nose is straight forward—hello barley and caramel. In the
Glory be and thank heavens this whiskey is now being imported into the United States. This 12-year old, pot still whiskey is just delicious. Redbreast is copper colored—a really pretty spirit. The nose is a tangle of fruit and flowers.
Vodka from Ireland? You bet! Boru Vodka, named for the famed king of Ireland, Brian Boru, is quadruple distilled. Boru comes in three variants- Boru, Boru Citrus, and Boru Orange. All are 80 proof and very reasonably priced. Regular Boru