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The Best Irish Whiskies to try this St. Patrick’s Day

The Whisky Exchange’s offers up its favourite drams to help celebrate St. Patrick‘s day

To say that the guys and girls over at The Whisky Exchange know their whisky is to teeter perilously on the precipice of redundancy before plunging, headlong, into the endless depths of the understatement. They’re experts, connoisseurs even. And they’re exactly the people to ask for St. Patrick’s Day dram recommendations. That’s what we did. And as luck would have it, they were kind enough to delve into their collection of over 9000 whiskies and fine spirits to help us narrow things down a little. Sláinte.

Two Stacks The First Cut | £37.95

A sweet and spicy blended Irish whiskey from Two Stacks, The First Cut is made with a combination of grain, malt, and pot still whiskies, including a small amount of peated malt whiskey, matured in a combination of virgin oak, ex-bourbon, and ex-oloroso sherry casks.

Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Whisky | £49.95

The ongoing release of single pot still Irish whiskey from Drumshanbo distillery, made with a combination of unmalted Irish barley and Irish Banna oats. Matured in a combination of ex-bourbon barrels and ex-oloroso sherry casks, it offers aromas of vanilla, dried fruit, sweet spices, and white pepper on the nose, complemented on the palate by notes of toasted oak, green apples, figs, and sherry.

Waterford Bannow Island 1.2 | £69.95

Part of the second wave of whiskies from Waterford, Bannow Island 1.2 is made using barley grown on the extreme southern coast of County Wexford by Ed Harpur. Aromas of pears, green apples, salted toffee, toasted barley and vanilla on the nose, as well as vanilla, white grapes, and white pepper. The palate offers notes of apple crumble, cinnamon, toffee, lime zest, and ginger, followed by butterscotch, white grapes, and white pepper

JJ Corry The Gael | £79.95

The second batch of JJ Corry The GaelIrish whiskey, made with a blend of 60% malt whiskey and 40% grain whiskey and matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks. Aromas of shortbread, peaches and cream, and sweetgrass fill the nose, complemented by notes of lemon drizzle cake, honeycomb, rye bread, and thyme throughout the palate.

Check out the entire Whisky Exchange catalogue here.