Aidan: Thanks for the heads-up on Green Spot. What I'd really like to know is, what it was you liked about it, and how you feel it compares to other Irish whiskys.
Bamber: I Highly recommend the Jameson 12 yr old at it's price point. It's not a very complicated whisky, but it is very light with a significant sherried character. And it's not just me who likes this whisky It appears I'm in good company if whisky website feedback is anything to go by. My concern is that in one of your posts, you said that you tend to go for Bourbon and Scotch, whereas Irish is definatly much lighter than those styles. Therefore the Irish style may not be what you look for in whisky. Methinks Aidan knows more about this so I would be curious for his imput.
Bond: With regard to recommendations, I've found that in Ontario, Black Bush, Redbrest and 12 yr old Jameson all share a price point that makes those whiskys a very good buy. I don't consider them contemplative malts, simply good quality whiskys for good times. For a house blend Powers Gold Label is the only one I would buy. Jameson and Tullimore Dew I found to be dull, lifeless, and forgetable. If you want to splash out, Very Old Middleton is in my opinion the the equal (or better) of some very good scotches. The one I tried had complex layers after layers of differant flavours, herbacous and wonderful. The only issue I had was that the bottle would cost $125 cdn - too much for a student at the time.
I'm sure Aidan could give you better feedback as in Canada, our selection of Irish whiskys is limited. Hope this helps Bond! And I salute you for wanting to try new avenues and directions. Best of luck on this noble journey!