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post #1 of 31
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Alright guys. Let's hear your preferences.
post #2 of 31
There's not a lot more available here than Jamo.
post #3 of 31
Midleton.
post #4 of 31
Micheal Collins single malt
post #5 of 31
Clontarf is very good, I drink it with Canada Dry.

Also, Tyrconnel is a very good value for the $$
post #6 of 31
Commonly available? Jameson 12 yr. Do not be fooled by the "regular" Jameson, which tastes like machine oil next to the 12 yr vintage. Very smooth and subltle flavoring on the 12 yr. Also, Jamie 12 is probably the best "bang for your buck" of the line. The regular vintage is $20/bottle, 12yr is $36/bottle and 16yr is $65/bottle. I've had all three. While the 16yr is nice, it's not worth 2x the price of 12yr. If you look hard enough you can find this at most bars.

Not-so-commonly available: Redbreast. This is a 12yr single malt Irish whiskey with a stronger flavor than Jameson 12yr but it's not widely available at most bars. Priced a bit higher at $40-45/bottle.

Those would be my top two recommendations.
post #7 of 31
Bushmills is good too. Though, my default is still Jameson 12 (hand carried to here from Ireland by a friend).
post #8 of 31
Midleton is good, but not worth the price. Tyrconnell is a good, rare find. Redbreast tasted good here in the US in 2004 and then I had it at home and couldn't drink it. Jim Murray claims that there's been changes in how it's bottled, fwiw. Michael Collins is a novelty and should be avoided. I'd stick with Jameson, which is the perfect boilermaker component.
post #9 of 31
Jameson 12 year is a big step up from the regular stuff, IMO.
post #10 of 31
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Originally Posted by Ace Rimmer View Post
Commonly available? Jameson 12 yr. Do not be fooled by the "regular" Jameson, which tastes like machine oil next to the 12 yr vintage. Very smooth and subltle flavoring on the 12 yr. Also, Jamie 12 is probably the best "bang for your buck" of the line. The regular vintage is $20/bottle, 12yr is $36/bottle and 16yr is $65/bottle. I've had all three. While the 16yr is nice, it's not worth 2x the price of 12yr. If you look hard enough you can find this at most bars.

Not-so-commonly available: Redbreast. This is a 12yr single malt Irish whiskey with a stronger flavor than Jameson 12yr but it's not widely available at most bars. Priced a bit higher at $40-45/bottle.

Those would be my top two recommendations.

+1000 on the Jameson 12yr. I have the Redbreast, but it's a bit of an oddity. Not as odd, however as the Connemara Cask Strength: http://www.tastings.com/scout_spirits.lasso?id=178231

You might also try Powers.

Slainte! (cannot find the bloody accent ...)
post #11 of 31
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Originally Posted by Ace Rimmer View Post
Commonly available? Jameson 12 yr. Do not be fooled by the "regular" Jameson, which tastes like machine oil next to the 12 yr vintage. Very smooth and subltle flavoring on the 12 yr. Also, Jamie 12 is probably the best "bang for your buck" of the line. The regular vintage is $20/bottle, 12yr is $36/bottle and 16yr is $65/bottle. I've had all three. While the 16yr is nice, it's not worth 2x the price of 12yr. If you look hard enough you can find this at most bars. Not-so-commonly available: Redbreast. This is a 12yr single malt Irish whiskey with a stronger flavor than Jameson 12yr but it's not widely available at most bars. Priced a bit higher at $40-45/bottle. Those would be my top two recommendations.
+1000 also on Jamie's 12. It's my house Irish (makes a killer Rob Roy also). Jamie's 18 is also superb, but not the same jump up as 12 is from standard. There are two new Jamies expressions running around, but I have no experience. I also second Connemara and Rebreast in any expression. Middleton doesn't work for me. ~ Huntsman
post #12 of 31
I have had Bushmill's 10y which was rather boring and a disappointment. Their Sherry Hogshead Cask is far better. I've not tried the 16y, but I hear it's much better than the 10.

I had another Irish which I liked, it had a lot of peat, I can't recall the name
post #13 of 31
Neither Bushmils or Jameson have impressed me. Would like recomendations along the lines Higland Park 18+, Springbank, Macallan, even Adbreg. The Irish are bound to have some ... Thoughts?
post #14 of 31
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Neither Bushmils or Jameson have impressed me. Would like recomendations along the lines Higland Park 18+, Springbank, Macallan, even Adbreg. The Irish are bound to have some ... Thoughts?
No, they're not, really. Irish whiskys may not be your style as they (almost) never use peat, and as you're citing HP, and heavens, Ardberg, you should know you're not going to find that. I call Jamie's 12 as the archetypical Irish. Connemara Cask Strength, as mentioned here, might be your best shot. Black Bush also has some peat, but it's not Ardberg. You're also not going to find the wineyness of the Big Mac on the Emerald Isle, though Springbank might have a cousin in Knappogue. ~ Huntsman
post #15 of 31
The Irish whiskeys are also blends, not single malts. If you want single-malt scotch, drink single-malt scotch.
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