9 of the Best Irish Whiskeys On the Market Now

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If you've ever wondered why the word "whiskey (whisky)" translates to water of life, then a sip of a great whiskey is precisely what you need to see why this translation rings so true. Deep brown or golden caramel in color, whiskey is usually saccharine in scent and aged to taste. These days, whiskey is made just about everywhere, from Japan to the United States. Despite its increasing availability worldwide, Irish whiskey remains one of the most popular types of this spirit.

A truly unique take on whiskey, Irish whiskey fits a number of palates and price ranges. Ahead, you'll find a variety of Irish whiskeys perfect for just about any sipper.

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Peaky Blinder Irish Whiskey

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Peaky Blinder Irish Whiskey $30
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If you like your booze with a bit of history attached to it, consider picking up a bottle of Peaky Blinder Irish Whiskey. Distilled by Sadlers Brewing Co., Peaky Blinder Irish Whiskey is inspired by the Birmingham, England street gang of the same name. Deliciously finished in bourbon casks, this Irish whiskey is also crafted in small batches and is triple distilled. Upon taking a sip of Peaky Blinder Irish Whiskey, you can expect notes of blackcurrant, apple, and toffee, as well as hints of cinnamon on the finish.

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J. & J. McConnell’s Irish Whiskey

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J. & J. McConnell’s Irish Whiskey $30
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The recent release of J.& J. McConnell’s Irish Whiskey marks the long-awaited return of a favorite to the North American market. After a 90-year hiatus, J.& J. McConnell’s Irish Whiskey is returning with new packaging, but will retain the smooth taste it's known for. A five-year-old blend that has been aged in American Oak barrels, this particular Irish whiskey boasts hints of vanilla, nutmeg and a myriad of other spices.

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Proper Twelve Irish Whiskey

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Proper Twelve Irish Whiskey $25
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Conor McGregor may be best known for his MMA fighting career, but his foray into whiskey is nothing to scoff at. The triple-distilled spirit is smooth on the palate and features notes of vanilla, honey, and wood, making it a great choice to sip neat or on the rocks. It's crafted from sweet Irish grain and single malt Irish whiskey and created at the oldest whiskey distillery in all of Ireland.

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Tullamore D.E.W. Original

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Tullamore D.E.W. Original Irish Whiskey $19
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Described as "the original triple distilled, triple blend whiskey," Tullamore D.E.W. is one of the world's most popular Irish whiskeys. Tullamore D.E.W. Original, which is aged in both ex-bourbon and sherry casks, is bright in flavor, summoning notes of fresh fruit and vanilla. This combination of flavors make Tullamore D.E.W. a dream to work with for mixologists and at-home bartenders alike. Consider using this whiskey to whip up an invigorating Irish Coffee or another one of the brand's crowd-pleasing, signature cocktails.

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Knappogue Castle Irish Whiskey 16 Year

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Knappogue Castle 16 Year Irish Whiskey $86
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For true connoisseurs of Irish whiskey, a splurge is certainly worth it every now and then. Knappogue Castle 16 Year flaunts a higher price point than most Irish whiskeys given that the spirit is aged for a minimum of 14 years in bourbon barrels and is then finished in Oloroso sherry casks to complete a minimum of 16 years. The end result of this complex aging process is an Irish whiskey that is both malty and fruity. Knappogue Castle Irish Whiskey 16 Year is best enjoyed straight or on the rocks.

06 of 09

Egan's Irish Whiskey Fortitude Single Malt

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Egan's Irish Whiskey Fortitude Single Malt $36
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Egan's Irish Whiskey Fortitude Single Malt is a whiskey that has been uniquely matured exclusively in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Given this distinct maturing process, the presence of sherry is quite noticeable in taste. In addition to being equally malty and creamy, Egan's Irish Whiskey Fortitude Single Malt demonstrates notes of apples and spices.

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Yellow Spot Irish Whiskey

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Yellow Spot Irish Whiskey $96
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Yellow Spot Irish Whiskey is a single pot still Irish whiskey that has been aged a total of 12 years. On the flavor end, this whiskey is heavy on the decadent, evoking not only notes of red apple, but coffee, milk chocolate and rich creme brulee. Although complex, Yellow Spot Irish Whiskey maintains its sweetness, making it an ideal sip for those who may be new to the world of Irish whiskeys.

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Kavanagh Single Grain Irish Whiskey

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Kavanagh Single Grain Irish Whiskey $33
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For an Irish whiskey that teeters on the unexpected, consider Kavanagh Single Grain Irish Whiskey. This Irish whiskey is distilled from corn and matured in Californian wine casks. Its distinctly smooth and sweet taste can be attributed to this particular distilling process. Kavanagh Single Grain Irish Whiskey also has the distinct pleasure of being one of only a handful of single grain whiskeys in the world.

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Writers' Tears Irish Whiskey

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Writers' Tears Irish Whiskey $40
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If the name of this Irish whiskey doesn't already have you sold, its taste certainly will. Writers' Tears Irish Whiskey is triple distilled and is completely distilled from pot still and malt (without grain). Writers' Tears Irish Whiskey flaunts a dessert-y palate with ginger and butterscotch serving as the predominant flavors, and toasted oak in the background. On the nose, you'll be met with comforting notes of vanilla, honey and apple.

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