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6 New Irish Whiskeys to Try Now

Stock Up for St. Patrick's Day, and All the Other Days

By Kevin Gray ·
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You don't need to wait for St. Patrick's Day to enjoy some good Irish whiskey.

In fact, that would make for a very thirsty 364 days of the year.

But if ever there were a perfect time to break out a new bottle of something Irish, whether as a gift for your party host or as a gift for yourself, well, that time is now.

So it's a good thing that Ireland has recently graced us with a handful of compelling new bottles. First up, a peated single malt.

Waterford Cuvée Fumo

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waterford whisky

Waterford Whisky comes from Mark Reynier, the ex-head of Bruichladdich, who's a champion of biodynamic practices and using local ingredients to show the terroir of products. In the case of the new Cuvée Fumo, the spirit is a merger of Irish peated malts. It's smoky, rich and full of complex layers, and nuances are revealed with each sip, including notes of heathered honey, barrel char, leather and dark fruits. It's the perfect Irish whiskey for Islay scotch fans or anyone who enjoys a smoky single malt.

Method and Madness Garryana Oak

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method and madness

Method and Madness is a micro distillery from the team at Midleton that's focused on innovative expressions, like this limited-release single pot still whiskey that was finished in Garryana oak casks native to the Pacific Northwest. The oak, which has a unique aromatic profile and high tannins, brings earthy tones, complexity and spiciness to the whiskey. Expect aromas of smoked applewood and golden raisins, and flavors including malted barley, baking spices, black pepper and coffee.

The Busker Small Batch Single Pot Still

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the busker

The Busker makes a solid lineup of Irish whiskeys, including the newly released Small Batch Single Pot Still, which marks the brand's first small batch expression. It's double aged in bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks. On the nose, it's full of leather, tobacco, spice and dried fruits. Oak, caramel and sandalwood bring it all home into a smooth and lengthy finish.

Killowen Coconut Rum & Raisin Single Malt


Killowen’s five-year-old single malt takes a Caribbean turn. While the original calls for dark rum casks and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, this version enlists a West Indies coconut rum cask in place of the usual rum barrel. The PX influence is evident via the whiskey's raisin-like richness and complexity, while the coconut rum cask lends tropical flair.

Midleton Very Rare 2024 Vintage

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midleton distillery

Midleton's annual Very Rare release is always hotly anticipated, and that's the case again this year. Master Distiller Kevin O’Gorman combined pot still whiskeys with grain whiskeys, and the expression deftly balances the distillates' character with wood. Dive in for light and floral notes courtesy of the grain whiskey, and heavier notes of ripe, sweet fruit from the pot still whiskey. Oak barrels add vanilla and toffee to the mix for a complementary package that deserves to be sipped and savored.

Redbreast Tawny Port Cask

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Redbreast's flagship bottle and its 15-year-old expression are always fine choices, but the new Tawny Port Cask is a rich and complex single pot still whiskey that was first aged in bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks before being finished in Tawny Port casks. It's sweet and warm on the nose, moving toward chocolate coated hazelnuts and salted caramel on the palate, followed with fresh plums, dried figs, orange marmalade and hints of toasted oak.

Kevin Gray

Kevin Gray lives in Texas. He likes whiskey, weekends and hammocks, often at the same time.

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