What Are Famous Irish Whiskeys?

Learn about famous Irish whiskeys from the experts at NYC's Rye House in this Howcast video.

Irish whiskey is an interesting category with a fairly rich history. There are no longer any independent distilleries in Ireland, but there are a bunch of smaller brands that are very interesting. Most people when they think Irish whiskey, they’re going to think straight-forward Protestant/Catholic. None of that really matters.

Actually, an interesting fact is that your two most popular Irish whiskies actually share malt between the two of them. They have roughly the same proportion of one another’s barley from North and South Ireland in the same mash. You have smaller producers that are buying up the juice, and they’re doing interesting things to it. We have some peated Irish whiskies. You have some strongly vintage Irish whiskies. Generally, you’re going to get softer, rounder notes from your Irish whiskey. You get a lot of caramel, not a lot of heat.

It really is a drinking whiskey. It doesn’t have to be St. Patrick’s Day, because St. Patrick’s Day is awful, and nobody cares about snakes. Irish whiskey, it’s a richer, softer, it’s an every man’s whiskey in a lot of ways. Those are a few facts about Irish whiskey.