The results are in! Last week I put out a social media poll asking you to name your favourite Irish whiskey. Thank you to everyone that took part. It may surprise you but I’ve always been very partial to a nice smooth glass of whiskey. No doubt it’s my country upbringing! But what won’t surprise you is the results of your votes. Your top rated brands more or less aligned to the most popular selling Irish whiskeys. So for those of you looking to grow your palette or support a smaller, up and coming brand, I’ve included my own list of honourable mentions as well. Whether you are a whiskey connoisseur or are simply looking to ‘put hairs on your chest’ there is something on this list for everyone!
Here are the top 10 brands as voted by you:
10. The Dubliner
The Dubliner is an Irish Whiskey range launched in June 2015 nicknamed ‘The Spirit of the City’. Produced at The Dublin Liberties Whiskey Distillery, the popularity of the brand has grown very quickly in a relatively short space of time.
Dingle Whiskey was first released in November 2016. It is produced at The Dingle Whiskey Distillery in Co. Kerry and has won a number of awards since its inception.
Powers is one of the longest standing Irish whiskeys on the market with a history dating back to 1791 and so it came as no surprise that it featured on your list of favourites. The brand is part of the Jameson family and is distilled in Midleton, Co. Cork.
With centuries of experience, it is no wonder Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey is one of your favourites. The Westmeath based brand has won many awards in its time.
Established in 2015, Teeling is one of the best Irish success stories in recent years. The award winning brand has rapidly grown from strength to strength. The flagship blend is ‘Teeling Small Batch’.
It’s no surprise that household favourite Paddy whiskey made the top 5. With origins dating back to 1779, Paddy is certainly one of Ireland’s best known and loved brands. The whiskey is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton, Co. Cork.
Redbreast is the largest selling Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey in the world. The multi award winning brand is part of the Jameson family and is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton.
3. Tullamore Dew
Tullamore Dew is another brand that we all grew up with and therefore its ranking came as no major surprise to me. The smooth, mellow whiskey is also produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton and is the second best selling Irish whiskey in the world.
Bushmills understandably features very highly in your rankings. It is the third best selling Irish whiskey worldwide and is produced at the Old Bushmills Distillery in Co. Antrim.
As the best selling Irish whiskey in the world, it’s no surprise that Jameson took your top spot. It is more often than not my own go to whiskey. We can sometimes be quick to try and dismiss the larger brands. But remember Jameson were once a small brand themselves and have spent 200 years and many generations building the business to where it is today. The Jameson family also includes Redbreast, Spot Whiskeys, Powers, Method and Madness and Midleton Very Rare.
For those of you looking to venture outside the large brands and try a beautiful Irish whiskey from a lesser known, up and coming brand here are my honourable mentions:
Connemara is a highly decorated Irish whiskey receiving over 20 medals since 2012. The whiskey is produced by the Kilbeggan Distillery company in Westmeath.
From the home of the renowned Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, Drumshanbo Single Pot Still was released to the market last year. The Leitrim based distillery has very quickly become a great Irish success story and it is no surprise that the latest venture into whiskey is receiving rave reviews.
The Glendalough Distillery was set up by a group of friends from Wicklow and Dublin with a passion for reviving the heritage of craft distilling in Ireland. The distillery was founded in 2011 and has a number of strong awards under its belt.
Lough Ree whiskey is produced at Lough Ree Distillery in Longford which opened its doors in 2019. Although very new to the market, the whiskey has been receiving very positive reviews.
Sean’s Bar in Athlone is ‘Ireland’s oldest pub’ dating back to to 900 A.D. Their range is produced by West Cork Distillers and has been very well received since its launch.
The Wild Geese
The Wild Geese whiskey range is produced at Cooley Distillery in Co. Louth and has received many positive reviews from a range of whiskey connaisseurs.
Walsh Whiskey was founded in Carlow in 1999 by husband and wife team Bernard & Rosemary Walsh. Both of their brands, The Irishman & Writers Tears are critically acclaimed with a long string of well deserved awards under the belts.
Last but certainly not least! West Cork Irish Whiskey is produced at West Cork Distillers in Skibbereen. The company is relatively new but is sold in over 70 countries worldwide and is highly rated by a number of whiskey reviewers.
I have always known that Ireland truly is the world leader when it comes to fantastic whiskey. But I did not quite realise just the extent of amazing produce right at our finger tips. And this was just a taster. Are there other great Irish whiskey brands that I have left out? Have you a great experience with one of these brands that you can share? We are all in this together. I would love to hear from you so that we can all continue to Support Irish together.
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