I've also picked up a bottle of Michael Collins recently and will report on that when I crack it open.
In general I find that it is hard to find a truly offensive Irish whiskey, since they are all quite smooth (likely due to triple distillation). The worst that you can say about some of them is that they are "uninteresting".
Please let us know what you choose?
I'd say Paddy's, it has a rough edge that I really like
Funny....it's that extremely rough edge that turns most of us off Paddy! The almost total absence of flavour is also a bit of a drawback with it, I find.
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Jameson 12yo is a great quality blend with a decent potstill content and a good sherry influence.
Redbreast 12yo is a step above on the 12yo as it is pure potstill but not everybody's cup of tea again big sherry influence.
Blackbush is a great introduction to bushmills and better than the 10yo single malt in my opinion. Around 70% malt comntent in this blend.
And finally connemara which is a peated Irish but retains the smooth sweetness. Matured in Bourbon barrels also well worth a try.
Midleton is nice, very very smooth and a bit too sweet and very expensive so not worth trying this as a first timer.
Knappogue castle and Tyrconnell Single malts are nice pleasent but light malts.
All of this talk of Redbreast 12 drove to pour a dram out of my near empty bottle. As I can't seem to find the stuff around here any more (in New Brunswick where I live, or in Nova Scotia where I bought the bottle I have now), I was holding on to the last few ounces for some as yet undefined future occasion.
Anyway, it's even better than I remembered it. It is now officially rated as a DFD - A Darn Fine Dram.
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Also concur that Midleton is very expensive as I discovered after sampling some and wanting a bottle...but on the 3 occasions I have been offered some , I have loved it! Sweet, yes, as i recall( it was 3-4 years ago...)lemony, but distinctly, (and distinctively!) Irish.
Paddy? I was given a bottle a while back. A good palate cleanser before a session, but that's about all IMO!! ( in other words, whatever follows it is bound to taste great- so it has its uses!)
Connemara peated a nice surprise...but maybe not 'typically Irish'??
Malt-Teaser wrote:I am just sampling (for the first time) Jamesons "Gold".
What a lovely but very different dram!
Lots of flowers and perfume. Very gentle and soft, just like a very kind cognac.
The gold is good, I like the Crested Ten as well, it has alot of Pot Still whisky in it and you can tell. If you get a chance to try the 15 yr old pure pot still try it as well, it is neat to try the core to the Jamesons brands.
I just busted it open and I'm trying the Black Bush right now. Nice fragrance, can smell the sherry influence and sweet malt. I can taste the sherry influence too. There is an initial sherry type spice, but it is a very subtle spice. It has a strong malt flavor to it, that is different from a strongly malt flavored Single Malt Scotch. With the Scotch I get the malt more towrd the back of my palate, almost toward the throat. The BB, I get more mid-palate malt. No peat, that I can detect anyway. The malt has a vanilla creaminess as it fades. It seems sweet to me (compared to Scotch). It is smooth, and the flavors easily step from one to another in good balance (no graniness). Me thinks I like it. I can't wait to try the others. Thanks for your replies.
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