Sure, some dive bars will resort to green beer and (the politically incorrectly named) Irish Car Bombs this St. Patrick’s Day. But for more sophisticated venues, it’s all about Irish whiskey. While single-malt Scotch, refined American bourbons, and, increasingly, Japanese whiskies tend to earn more acclaim, the Irish whiskey world has many incredible bottles to offer. Here are three to know.
Knappogue Castle Single Malt: Just as there are single-malt Scotches, there are single-malt Irish whiskeys. Knappogue, named after a 15th-century castle in Western Ireland, is a family-owned distillery whose incredible bottles include the 12-Year (aged in bourbon barrels) and the 14- and 16-Year Twin Wood (aged in both bourbon and sherry casks).
Glendalough: Only arriving in the States in 2015, Glendalough has already taken home a Double Gold Medal at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Awards, and was named Craft Producer of the Year 2016 by Whisky Magazine. Their Double Barrel is aged in American oak first-fill bourbon before transferring to first-fill Oloroso sherry.
Teeling Single Malt: This Dublin distillery has released a number of high-end whiskeys recently, but their single malt is remarkable for being aged in five different wine casks — sherry, port, Madeira, Burgundy, and cabernet sauvignon. Recently named World’s Best Irish Single Malt at the 2015 World Whiskies Awards.