Get into the Irish Spirit

Forget green beer. And don’t even get us started on green cocktails. St. Patrick’s Day should be a celebration of Ireland’s greatest achievements, including of course the island’s delicious whiskies. So tomorrow, observe the holiday properly with a dram of one of these four new spirits. Feel free to add ice, some water or a splash of club soda—just no food coloring, please.

Bushmills Single Cask 19-Year-Old Rum Cask Finished ($125):

Looking for something very special? Well, New York’s famed Park Avenue Liquor Shop just got a rare Bushmills Irish Whiskey that was finished in a rum barrel. The store is exclusively selling all 420 bottles of this rich spirit with chocolate and spice notes.

Knappogue Castle Twin Wood Single Malt ($100):

In a first for the acclaimed boutique brand, Knappogue Castle has produced a whiskey that was aged in two different types of wood. This complex nutty and malty 16-year-old matured in both bourbon barrels and sherry casks. There are only 1,900 bottles available worldwide.

Michael Collins 10-Year-Old Single Malt ($40):

Michael Collins 10-Year-Old arrived just in time for St. Patty’s. While the smooth and slightly dry whiskey comes from Ireland, it is in many ways more like Scotch: It’s a single malt, it’s only distilled twice and it even contains a hint of smokiness.

Redbreast 15-Year-Old Pot Still ($75):

One of our favorite Irish whiskies is the fruity (think pear and apple) Redbreast 12-Year-Old. This past fall, a new 15-year-old version was introduced, which, like the original, is made in copper pot stills. There’s a bit of maple syrup on the nose, with sweet and spicy flavors on the palate.



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