Best Irish Whiskey Brands

Irish whiskey is made on the island of Ireland. Irish whiskey was once the most popular spirit in the world.

Here is the list of best Irish whiskey brands:

1. Bushmills

Founder: Hugh Anderson

Year Established: 1708

Location: Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Bushmills can proudly claim to be the oldest licensed distillery in the world and is one of Ireland’s best and most popular blends of single malt whiskies.

This whiskey has a lighter palette, as it tastes similar to fresh berries with notes of vanilla. Further, it is relatively light and can make for the perfect starting point for any budding whiskey connoisseur. The brand is famous for being as affordable as it is dependable.

2. Jameson

Founder: John Jameson

Year Established: 1780

Location: Dublin

Jameson is one of the most famous Irish whiskey brands around the world. It offers an extremely smooth taste with vanilla and nutty flavours.

3. Tullamore D.E.W.

Founder: Michael Molloy

Year Established: 1829

Location: Tullamore, Ireland

Tullamore D.E.W. Original is a blended Irish whiskey, which is a fan favourite of many thanks to its smooth finish and versatile palette with a citrus twist. It is regularly used for things such as fruity cocktails like a classic sour.

Tullamore D.E.W. Original is aged and matured in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks.

4. Green Spot

Year Established: 1903

Location: Cork, Ireland

Aged and matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, Green Spot serves up dense aromas of vanilla and toffee along with a wonderful, fruit-forward taste. It’s crafted for Dublin’s Mitchell & Son, making it just one of two whiskeys specifically produced for and sold by an independent wine merchant in Ireland.

5. Redbreast

Year Established: 1903

Location: County Cork

Redbreast 12-year-old is an extremely popular Irish whiskey. Redbreast is renowned for its full-flavoured creamy and fruity taste that teases a hint of sherry. It gives you a long-lasting taste that is best enjoyed with a small bit of water, which will truly open up the potential of its flavour.

6. Connemara

Founder: John Teeling

Year Established: 1987

When drinking Connemara Peated Single Malt, you will initially first taste the peat before you get the taste of the lingering malt.

While peat whiskeys are an acquired taste, if Connemara Peated Single Malt is to your liking, it can make for a well-balanced and smooth Irish whiskey.

7. Writers Tears

Founder: Bernard and Rosemary Walsh

Year Established: 1999

Writers’ Tears is a blend of single pot still and single malt whiskeys. It is one of the newer whiskies on our list, and it pays tribute to Ireland’s long history of brilliant and miserable writers – hence the name.

Writers’ Tears is very easy on the palate as it is one of the easiest Irish whiskies to drink.

8. West Cork

Founder: Denis McCarthy, Ger McCarthy, John O’Connell

Year Established: 2003

There’s a decent chance you haven’t heard of West Cork, but this independent distillery has come a long way in little time. Statements such as the 10-Year Single Malt are warm, toasty, and sweet. Coming in at 124 proof is the Cask Strength blend, which packs a wallop in terms of strength and flavour alike. While the brand’s current portfolio won’t necessarily blow your mind, it’s easily worth exploring.

9. Teeling

Founder: Jack and Stephen Teeling

Year Established: 2012

Location: Dublin

Teeling Distillery opened in 2015 and became the first new distillery in the capital in over 125 years.

Teeling Single Grain contains creamy tastes of chocolate milk with a dash of spice to enhance the overall flavour. It may be a new whiskey, but it is quickly growing quite a cult following.

10. Hyde

Founder: Hyde family

Location: County Cork

Location: County Louth

Location: West Cork, Ireland

Within Hyde’s range, you’ll find whiskeys from some of Ireland’s best distilleries, which the brand personally finishes in vintage oak casks. Nothing is chill-filtered, meaning you can expect natural flavours, textures, and colours alike. The No. 1 Presidents Cask Sherry Finish is arguably the brand’s foremost statement. It’s a pure single malt from Cooley Distillery that’s aged in ex-bourbon barrels and finished in ex-Oloroso Sherry casks.