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8 Irish Whiskeys Perfect for St Patrick’s Day

Toast the Emerald Isle’s rich history with these top drops

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March 17 is St Patrick’s Day – a day that commemorates the death of Ireland’s patron saint back in 461AD. While its primary focus was a religious one, in recent times it’s become synonymous with a celebration of Irish heritage and culture, with parades and festivals being held in many cities across the globe.


Here in Australia, St Patrick’s Day is steeped in tradition that dates back to the 1790s and the first Irish convicts, so what better way to toast the occasion than with a drop of Irish whiskey?


Irish whiskey is made from a yeast-fermented mash of malted cereals and triple distilled (once more than Scotch), which results in a lighter drink with a smoother finish. Irish whiskey pairs well with flavoursome foods such as red meats and blue cheese. You can also mix it with ginger ale or soda water in a tall glass over ice. But perhaps it’s most traditionally enjoyed neat, as a digestif.

Here’s our pick of the best for St Patrick’s Day and beyond.

Bushmills Single Malt Irish Whiskey 10YO  

The benchmark Irish single malt, this has a great depth of flavour and is a former winner of Best Irish Single Malt Whisky at the World Whiskies Awards.


Roe & Co Blended Irish Whiskey

Roe & Co is named for George Roe, who helped build the golden era of Irish whiskey in the 19th century. It’s a luxuriously smooth blend with a perfect harmony between fruity malt and mellow grain.


Tullamore D.E.W.

In business since 1829, you can taste the history in this triple-blend Irish whiskey, known the world over for its smooth and gentle complexity. Sip and savour or enjoy in a whiskey cocktail.


Jameson Black Barrel

This boxed award-winner makes the perfect gift. Matured in sherry casks and charred bourbon barrels, it delivers signature smoothness with enhanced spice, nutty notes, vanilla sweetness and sherry fruit.


Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur

Not a whiskey, but a whiskey-based liqueur, this smooth, sweet blend of Irish dairy cream and whiskey can be mixed in iconic cocktails, or simply enjoyed over ice.


The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey

The Dead Rabbits were a notorious Irish street gang in 1850s New York. A toasted oak nose and rich, mellow flavour finish with a hint of vanilla… and a dash of Dead Rabbit ’tude.


Hyde No.3 Single Grain Irish Whiskey

This triple-distilled drop spends six years in former Kentucky bourbon casks. Robust spices with a touch of cracked black pepper give way to a buttery vanilla and charred oak flavour.


Jameson Smooth Dry & Lime

If you prefer your spirits in a tall glass, this premium premix is a refreshing twist on the classic whiskey and ginger ale combo. Perfect for barbecues with friends, while the sun’s still shining down.

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