Ireland's Top 10 Whiskeys with best value for money
Spirits Business selected the best bottlings in the industry at its annual Irish Whiskey Masters
It should have got around everywhere by now: the Irish whiskey industry is booming! Everywhere in Ireland new distilleries are springing up like mushrooms and the export of Irish whiskey is rising. According to the Distilled Spirits Council, gross revenue for Irish whiskey have increased by more than 1,000 percent since 2003, with the highest growth in the upper product segment. In 2017 alone, 9.7 million 9-litre cases were sold worldwide.
Irish Whiskey Masters
In keeping with this, Spirits Business, the leading international spirits trade publication based in London, hosted its annual Irish Whiskey Masters last month, where an experienced jury recognised the best bottlings in the industry. In various categories, from blended to single grain whiskey, from single pot still to poitín, a wide range of Irish bottlings have been awarded master and gold medals for their quality.
Best value for money
The individual scores of the jurors remained secret, but 10 of the highest rated medal winners in the competition are listed below – in no particular order:
The single pot still received a master medal for its full and rich character with soft texture.
In the Grain Whiskey, aged in Californian Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels, the jury praised the wonderful crème brûlée notes and its long-lasting aromas on the palate.
Introduced by Irish Distillers in 2011 as part of a new series of Pot Still Whiskeys, the bottling won a master medal and is said to taste like "golden fruit, laden with honey".
Matured in Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry casks, the Single Pot Still Whiskey was distinguished for its fruity and spicy taste of apple strudel and its long, sweet finish.
Brown-Forman's Blended Irish Whiskey matures in three different cask types (seasoned oak, virgin oak and Sherry casks) and was awarded a gold medal.
This triple distilled single malt of the Walsh Whiskey Distillery was also awarded a gold medal.
The triple distilled Blended Premium Whiskey from Irish Distillers was partly matured in twice charred bourbon casks, giving it an outstanding mouthfeel, according to the jury.
The complex notes of raisins, hazelnuts and honey gave Teeling another master medal.
Ballykeefe Irish Poitín
One judge recommends the triple-distilled spirit to "any vodka or gin drinker who wishes to depart from that category".
A gold medal was awarded to this 10-year-old single malt, which was finished in limited edition in 30-year-old Oloroso sherry casks.