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Your favorite Irish Whisky

Postby Habanero » Wed Dec 07, 2005 9:13 pm

Just curious to see what everyone's favorite Irish Whisky is - we spend a lot of time on Scotch on this board.

Black Bush is one of my favorite after-work drinks.
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Postby Lord_Pfaffin » Wed Dec 07, 2005 9:45 pm

I will buy anything from Cooley's and have a go at it without hesitation as i have never been disappointed by any of their offerrings. My fave would be the Connemara CS 12yo SM.
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Postby Crispy Critter » Thu Dec 08, 2005 1:06 am

So far, I've had Black Bush, Redbreast 12, and the standard and CS NAS bottlings of Connemara. Three very different styles, all three distilleries of Ireland, and all were highly enjoyable.

I wonder if we'll see the 15yo UCF Redbreast in the US? It sounds very interesting...
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Postby Badmonkey » Thu Dec 08, 2005 4:02 am

Redbreast 12 and Green Spot have been my favorites up to now. After a cold walk home from the office, a glass of Redbreast and a Partagas No. 3 make for a warm evening.
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Postby Frodo » Thu Dec 08, 2005 5:33 am

Well favourite is an interesting term. I've had Middleton VR and Connemara 12 - both fantastic whiskies. I think my favourite baced on value is Redbrest 12. Man, oh man, I hope the LCBO delists the regular Redbrest and it goes on sale...

I would rate Jameson 12 a close second, and Black Bush a close third, being the least complex of the three IMHO.
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Postby Lord_Pfaffin » Thu Dec 08, 2005 5:56 am

I almost bought a bottle of Black Bush the other day. Thought i'd ask for a tasting notes before trying. Do you add water?
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Postby Frodo » Thu Dec 08, 2005 6:21 am

Well I don't. At 40% and a fairly "quiet" whisky, I'm not sure how Black Bush would stand up to watering. And with a fair amount of sherry vatting in the blend...
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Postby Aidan » Thu Dec 08, 2005 12:16 pm

Of the easily available ones, I'd say Jameson 12 or Powers 12 (although this one is a bit variable).

There's also a 13 yr old special edition of Tyrconnel out now that I love. There's a few different ones, actually.

But then there's ones like Midleton 25, Knapogue Castle 1951 and some of the old Tullamores. Old Redbreast from the Bow Street distillery is also superb. And then there's Jameson 15 pure pot still...
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Postby Matt2 » Thu Dec 08, 2005 1:57 pm

The Connemara 12 year old peated whiskey is fantastic. I could drink that all night, and on rare occassions have :P
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Postby Aidan » Thu Dec 08, 2005 2:51 pm

Matt Page wrote:The Connemara 12 year old peated whiskey is fantastic. I could drink that all night, and on rare occassions have :P


Yes, that's another nice one. There's a 13 yr old one coming out that is supposed to be superb. There's also some Cadenhead bottlings of old Cooley peated whiskey that's well worth a visit.

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I had forgotten about the Jameson Gold. One that has grown on me hugely.
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Postby Habanero » Thu Dec 08, 2005 4:23 pm

Frodo wrote:Well favourite is an interesting term. I've had Middleton VR and Connemara 12 - both fantastic whiskies. I think my favourite baced on value is Redbrest 12. Man, oh man, I hope the LCBO delists the regular Redbrest and it goes on sale...

I would rate Jameson 12 a close second, and Black Bush a close third, being the least complex of the three IMHO.
In the U.S. it is "favorite". We also spell it "theater" as opposed to "theatre". Subtle differences, same language. If you haven't noticed, it is whiskEy in the U.S. and whisky everywhere else. I hope you weren't implying that I cannot spell correctly - we don't need an international incident on this board! :wink:
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Postby hpulley » Thu Dec 08, 2005 5:14 pm

Irish Whiskey too but Canadian Whisky. Canada uses most, but not all, British spellings.

Back to the question at hand, no Irish strikes me as a real favorite but I enjoy Jameson, Redbreast, Powers and Locke's.

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Postby Habanero » Thu Dec 08, 2005 7:20 pm

Anyone try Jameson 18? and what is the dirrference b/w the regular 18 and the "Master Selection"?
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Postby hpulley » Thu Dec 08, 2005 7:23 pm

I like both Jameson NAS (the standard no age statement) and the 18yo Master Selection. Both are blends but the 18yo seems to contain much more pot still whiskey, is a bit sweeter and more complex. To be honest, some days I feel its extra price is worth it and other days I think it is too high.

One that is similar to try is Powers Gold Label.

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Postby Aidan » Thu Dec 08, 2005 7:37 pm

Habanero,

I think the 18 yr old and the Master's Selection are one in the same. I think it's a great whiskey, but for the money, I'd take the Jameson 12.

Harry,

I think you're right about the 18 yr old - it does have much more potstill than the NAS. I've actually heard the proportion, but I can't remember what it is.

Powers has more pot still in it than Jameson NAS. The Powers is matured in older barrels. I think Jameson is matured only in first fill barrels.
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Postby ScotchBlog » Thu Dec 08, 2005 8:49 pm

Habanero wrote:If you haven't noticed, it is whiskEy in the U.S. and whisky everywhere else. I hope you weren't implying that I cannot spell correctly - we don't need an international incident on this board! :wink:


Actually you don't use the spelling based on where YOU are, you generally use the spelling based on where the whisk(e)y is made.

In Ireland it is most definitely WhiskEy. In the US it is usually WhiskEy, but not always (Maker's Mark Whisky being a perfect example).

Just keeping things straight ;)
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Postby Habanero » Thu Dec 08, 2005 9:15 pm

Thanks Aiden - I was considering buying the Jameson 18, but if they have the 12 I'll give it a shot and save a couple of bucks.
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Postby Admiral » Fri Dec 09, 2005 3:01 am

The are two Tennessee Whisk(e)y distilleries.

Jack Daniels spells it whiskey
Dickel spells it whisky.

It seems the US can't make their mind up! :wink:

Cheers,
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Postby Elliot » Fri Dec 09, 2005 5:16 am

Admiral wrote:The are two Tennessee Whisk(e)y distilleries.

Jack Daniels spells it whiskey
Dickel spells it whisky.

It seems the US can't make their mind up! :wink:

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What do you mean? I used to have multiple personality disorder, but we're OK now. :lol:
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Postby Aidan » Fri Dec 09, 2005 8:20 am

And the Old Midleton Distillery called its spirit whisky...
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Postby bjorn » Tue Dec 13, 2005 4:42 am

the most schizophrenic i've seen is rittenhouse, which spells it 'whisky' on the barrel image and 'whiskey' in the short description.

Admiral wrote:The are two Tennessee Whisk(e)y distilleries.

Jack Daniels spells it whiskey
Dickel spells it whisky.

It seems the US can't make their mind up! :wink:

Cheers,
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Hazelburn 'Irish' whisky

Postby Mike Ralston » Tue Dec 13, 2005 8:52 am

Has anybody tasted the new release from Springbank? Called Hazelburn....8y.o. I think.

As Springbank distillery is on the Mull of Kintyre (all of 15 miles away from Northern Ireland), it is not strictly speaking an 'Irish' whisky, but it has been distilled in the Irish style i.e. triple distillation and totally unpeated.

Just looking for some opinions...
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Postby Aidan » Tue Dec 13, 2005 10:09 am

It's very hard to get, unfortunately. There are three editions, but they may only differ by the pictures on the bottle. Anyway, they're expensive not.

I wonder are they going to release any more editions?
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Postby kallaskander » Tue Dec 13, 2005 10:36 am

Hi there,

the three bottles have different labels but the same content. They were released to get the most out of collectors and other impatients. For Spring next year (how fitting) the regular Hazelburn bottling was anounced. They do not tell at what price.
Most of the Hazelburns first showed up at ebay.
I refrain from commenting this whole sheme.

Greetings
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Postby Aidan » Tue Dec 13, 2005 10:46 am

Aidan wrote:Anyway, they're expensive not.


I don't know what I was writing there, but I didn't mean expensive not. They are very expensive, full stop. Especially for an 8 yr old.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Dec 13, 2005 12:57 pm

Aidan wrote:
Aidan wrote:Anyway, they're expensive not.


I don't know what I was writing there, but I didn't mean expensive not. They are very expensive, full stop. Especially for an 8 yr old.


Expensive now?
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Postby Aidan » Tue Dec 13, 2005 1:01 pm

Yeah, probably. Or else "expensive rot."
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Postby Lawrence » Tue Dec 13, 2005 6:08 pm

I had it in Calgary last month and quite frankly I can't remember much about it except that it's going to retail here for C$130 which is a tad cheeky for an 8 year old whisky.
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Postby arnehd » Thu Dec 15, 2005 12:50 am

I'M just trying to enhance my postings here, but my favorite irish whiskey , the one that didn't drown in the haze , is the the middleton VR from 1992 . From this moment on I knew that there is something more to alcoholic drinks than just getting drunk, and ever since ........
Gute Nacht , arne ( but this time I mean it )
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Postby Aidan » Thu Dec 15, 2005 7:48 am

As it happens, the 1992 is one of the few earlier vintages I've tried. I have some at home right now.
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Postby Habanero » Fri Dec 16, 2005 8:09 pm

Working on the bottle of Jameson 12 and it is very nice. I haven't broken the news to the bottle yet, but it is in danger of not making it through the weekend.
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Re: Your favorite Irish Whisky

Postby patrick dicaprio » Thu Dec 22, 2005 3:17 am

Habanero wrote:Just curious to see what everyone's favorite Irish Whisky is - we spend a lot of time on Scotch on this board.

Black Bush is one of my favorite after-work drinks.


i just tried the black bush. it took me a while to get used to it, but with each glass i like it better and better. It is no Redbreast though, IMO but very good.

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Postby Aidan » Fri Mar 24, 2006 11:30 am

The new Redbreast 15 nonchillfiltered 46% abv is just stunning.
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Postby hpulley » Fri Mar 24, 2006 12:50 pm

Please send some to Canada....

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