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Irish whiskey,a gift.

Postby Hamer » Thu Nov 02, 2006 4:52 am

I was wondering if anyone could recommend an Irish whiskey for a first timer.I want to buy my dad a bottle for christmas,he's never had Irish whiskey before,but I'm not sure which.



Any help would be appreciated.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Nov 02, 2006 4:55 am

Does he drink whisk(e)y at all? What does he like? Where do you live?
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Postby Hamer » Thu Nov 02, 2006 6:39 am

He hardly drinks but he's said in the past he'd like a bottle of it.I live in Illinois.My limit is $90.
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Postby Aidan » Thu Nov 02, 2006 9:49 am

You could go for Jameson 18. I think it might be around that price range, and it's very good. The Jameson 12 is nearly as good, and is much cheaper. You'd have to like the sherry influency, though.

Then there's the Redbreast 12, which is also wonderful
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Postby Drammer » Thu Nov 02, 2006 12:24 pm

Aidan wrote:You could go for Jameson 18. I think it might be around that price range, and it's very good. The Jameson 12 is nearly as good, and is much cheaper. You'd have to like the sherry influency, though.

Then there's the Redbreast 12, which is also wonderful


I'd get the readbreast, because it's single malt, and it has more emotional valure I guess...
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Postby Aidan » Thu Nov 02, 2006 12:51 pm

Hi Drammer, the Redbreast is unblended, but it's not a single malt. It's a pure pot still, which is what gives Irish whiskey its character.

If you could get the Redbreast 15, that would be an excellent gift. Although I doubt they sell it in the U.S.
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Postby Hamer » Thu Nov 02, 2006 5:53 pm

What about Connemara?
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Postby Aidan » Thu Nov 02, 2006 5:55 pm

Connemara is very nice, for sure, but you might as well be buying scotch as buying Connemara. The 12 yr old is particularly nice, as is the cask strength.
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Postby Hamer » Thu Nov 02, 2006 6:00 pm

I seem to recall my dad saying he didn't like scotch so I'll avoid that.I looked for a red breast 15 online,but I can only find a 12.
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Postby Reggaeblues » Thu Nov 02, 2006 6:11 pm

How's about the regular black label Blackbush? Quite rich and probably sweeter than Jameson, if that's a virtue. Certainly very drinkable, even for a maltmaniac such as yours truly. Probably as accessible tastewise as any Irish, and frankly more fun than Bushmills Malt...and not too expensive.

Certainly you wouldn't have to look too far to find this in a pub if you've not tried it, and the standard jameson 's is everywhere...
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Fri Nov 03, 2006 2:07 am

AS Aidan Said Earlier the Jameson 18yo is very nice and seems to retail for around $80.00 state side.

However the Redbreat & Jamie 12 yo are not a bad bottles either so you could go for a Redbreast/Jamie 12yo & maybe a bottle of Knappogue or Bushmills 10yo or blackbush and 2 bottles would probably cost you circa $70.00 ... so better value twice the impact.

I would recomend Redbreast or Jameson 12yo for taste and the Knappogue for a nice easy drinking single malt Irish but also a nice looking bottle.
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Postby Frodo » Fri Nov 03, 2006 3:25 pm

irishwhiskeychaser wrote:I would recomend Redbreast or Jameson 12yo for taste and the Knappogue for a nice easy drinking single malt Irish but also a nice looking bottle.


I would second this suggestion! Bang-on in my view...
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