NEW IRISH WHISKEYS FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY
BY KEVIN GRAY, MARCH 14, 2014
COURTESY OF COCKTAIL ENTHUSIAST
With St. Patrick’s Day on Monday (and weekend festivities starting… now), your consumption of Irish spirits is bound to increase. So it’s a good thing we’ve got three new Irish whiskeys on our hands. Let’s take a look.
REDBREAST 21 YEAR OLD
Redbreast currently produces 12 and 15 year expressions, and these single pot still whiskeys are simply some of the best Irish whiskeys on the market today. Now, the Midleton Distillery is releasing a 21 year old expression for U.S. consumers. Redbreast 21 is triple distilled in copper pot stills and matured in a combination of American Bourbon barrels and Spanish Oloroso sherry casks. This results in an aromatic spirit full of fruit, spices and a touch of barley. Available this March.
GREEN SPOT IRISH WHISKEY
Green Spot is a limited-production Irish whiskey that, before now, was unavailable to stateside drinkers. Also hailing from the Midleton Distillery, Green Spot is a single pot still whiskey with no age statement, but it’s comprised of whiskeys aged between 7 and 10 years in bourbon and sherry casks. Tasting notes include a range of flavors, from plums and apricots to vanilla, toffee and butterscotch. Available this March.
TEELING IRISH WHISKEY
Hitting the states on April 1, Teeling is aiming its Irish Whiskey at the small, super-premium market. This whiskey is finished in casks that previously held Flor de Cana Rum, so expect a little extra flourish in this one. It’s non-chill filtered and flavors include vanilla, spice, sweet rum notes and oak.