Nothing like good ol’ irish whiskey to get you in the mood for drinking. The Irish Mist brand is pretty famous as its first product (Irish Mist Honey Whiskey) is based on a recipe from ireland that was popular in the 1500’s and 1600’s until the damn brits invaded ireland and the recipe was lost. Desmond Williams found the old recipe in a manuscript and started producing irish mist honey. Irish Mist realized that only little bitches drank Honey Whiskey and they wanted to come out with a manly whiskey for those of us with testicles. Thus Irish Mist Triple Distilled Irish blended Whiskey was born.
How to Drink It
Like most irish whiskies, Irish Mist is smooth and easy to drink. Shots go down fine, and drinking it on the rocks or full stempf is best. Generally I don’t like to use irish whiskies often for mixed drinks, as they are too smooth and their flavor can easily get lost; However Irish Mist is one of them with a little bit more flavor and bite (in a good way) and can go decent in some mixed drinks.
Irish Whiskies are lighter of flavor and bite, which makes them easier to drink, but the lack of character can sometimes be unsatisfying. Irish Mist has more flavor and bite than most Irish Whiskies out there. I’d say its more similar to a Jameson or Michael Collins. One of the better tasting Irish Whiskies I’ve had.
Irish Mist is a great choice if you’re in the mood for Irish Whiskey. Its about the price of Jameson, and is in the same ballpark in terms of quality. After knowing the history of Irish Mist, its very difficult not to curse the British. So go find some Irish Mist, pour yourself a glass, and start posting nasty things about the British on social media.
Sit your ass down and get ready for a little history lesson. If you’re not interested, skip to the next section of the review, then go throw your laptop out the window because you’re a moron. Everyone knows about Irish Whiskey. Despite your personal feelings on it, the history of Irish Whiskey is outstanding. Ireland’s oldest spirit, and many believe it to be the first “version” of whiskey in the world, is known as Poitin. Not sure how exactly you are supposed to pronounce it, but I’ve just been referring to it as poo-tang. This spirit dates back to the sixth century. And if that isn’t enough, it was outlawed in 1661 by that bastard Charles II, and wasn’t legalized or really seen again until 1997. Who knows what made this incredibly badass, outlawed spirit not rear it’s beautiful head again until the mid 90s. Maybe it was the ripped jeans, Dave Matthews Band, and the steroid era of baseball. We’ll never know, but what we do know is this: when you pop a bottle of Glendalough Irish Whiskey / Poitin, you are opening up a bottle of history, and the whiskey certainly speaks to such history.
How to Drink It
This ended up being a bit of a no-brainer. Taking shots of Glendalough Irish Poitin didn’t quite make much sense. Almost like you’re opening up an amazing book and just reading the last page immediately. While that (just like alcohol), may help you get by in high school, it doesn’t quite do the trick now. This whiskey is also a little bit hard to mix. When you find the right balance, however, it can be absolutely incredible. There are a lot of more pungent flavors in this whiskey, so you’re going to need to balance that with the correct fruit flavors. But the real way to drink this stuff is just full strempf. No ice, no nothing. Just sip up the history, and let your Irish flag fly.
Here we go. Glendalough Irish Poitin has an extremely deep flavor profile. Apparently they incorporate the use of beets to the aging process, and you can definitely taste it sort of on the “edges” of your sip: meaning right when you sip it, and right when it goes down. Dwight Shrute would be proud indeed. The main idea of this whiskey is its longevity. I almost promise you that you won’t like it after the first sip. It’s a little weird, and honestly doesn’t taste like any other whiskey I’ve ever had in my life. It’s incredibly unique. But give it 5-6 more sips/glasses, and you’ll be hooked. It’s a complete wildcard. Something you can’t predict, but also something you just can’t get enough of. I could sit here and tell you about their aging process and flavors, but honestly you just need to go out there and try it for yourself, and let us know what you think. Because our minds are still blown.
Just go buy it. You know the guy at the bar who tells shitty stories and always ends with “you had to be there”? That’s me right now. I know. I hate it and you hate it. But there’s really nothign else I can say other than that you need to try it for yourself. If you’re like me, you’re on the bandwagon completely, and I will never not have a bottle of this stuff in my arsenal. While I love the stuff, you might hate it. Either way, you’re going to have a strong reaction to it. It’s legitimately the Charlie Kelly of whiskies. Kind of crazy, a little weird, but it’s the wildcard that you absolutely need at all times. Never know what kind of crazy things will happen when you have a wildcard on your side. One minute you’re robbing a gas station blind, the next your breaks are cut:
When the two greatest countries in the world come together to bang, magic happens. That magic, of course, being Knappogue Castle 12 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey. The Castle this whiskey is named after was build in 1467 for Sean MacNamara to defend against the invading Normans (assholes). In 1966 the Castle was vacant and beat to shit. It was bought by Texas Native, Mark Edwin Andrews, former Assistant Secretary of the United States Navy. Marky Mark, being the bad ass he was, started collecting Casks of top quality Irish whiskey. After he aged it, he bottled it and named it after the Castle, Knappogue.
Single Malt Irish Whiskies are perhaps the best type of whiskey there is, and Knappogue Castle 12 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey is one of my favorite brands of Irish Whiskey. The 12 Year single malt is perfectly well rounded with just the right amount of bite, balanced out with subtle fruity flavor, which honestly tastes a bit like that fake banana flavor that they put in candy. You know, the fake flavoring that tastes nothing like actual bananas but is delicious none the less.
How To Drink It
Unless you need to get drunk ASAP I don’t recommend taking shots of this stuff. It goes down fine, but its so delicious that shooting it seems like a waste. It’s no surprise that this whiskey goes best either on the rocks or full strempf. If you’re dead set on having it in a mixed drink, go right ahead it will taste fine. Just know that you’re a dick, because this whiskey is so God-Damn good that mixing it with anything is a slap in the face to the whiskey gods.
Knappogue Castle 12 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey is one of the best whiskies we’ve ever reviewed here at Whiskey on the House. It’s the type of stuff you bring to a fancy party, or whip out on a date (right before you whip out your shlong of course). And best of all, it’s underpriced compared to other whiskies of its caliber. I’m hard as a rock right now as I’m writing this review and wishing I wasn’t wearing jeans.
So last week we covered Jameson, so we might as well keep on chuggin’ with these Irish Whiskies, and review Bushmills Irish Whiskey. Now much like Jameson, we’ve all had Bushmills Original Blend before. It is a starter whiskey, and it’s great for both getting your feet under you in terms of trying new whiskies, as well as for a more everyday-style whiskey for more experienced sippers. Now for a brief sob story, I remember my first glass of Bushmills. I believe I had it on the rocks, and I instantly fell in love. After that, I remember having a few shots of it and wondering how it could possibly such an easy shot to take while still being so badass, and that’s precisely where my memory gets cut off. So let’s get into it.
How to Drink it
This one’s a no brainer. Like most Irish Whiskies, this whiskey is strong enough and tastes good enough full strength or on the rocks. Now if you have the right cocktail for Bushmills Irish Whiskey, such as Irish Coffee or certain whiskey-honey drinks, it mixes extremely well, you just need to understand the flavor profile of the whiskey itself to understand what it will mix with. No brainer city. Again, taking shots of this bad boy is a one-way ticket to crawling your way home, but it goes down incredibly smooth as a shot.
You’ll definitely get a sweeter vibe from this whiskey throughout, from the smell it produces to the taste to the aftertaste. Now I get a hint of vanilla when I taste it, but I might be insane because I haven’t heard many other people say that. The minute it hits your tongue, you get that sweetness, as well as a nice, almost warming coating of honey over your tongue. Maybe that’s why it’s so damn easy to take shots of. In terms of aftertaste, I get a decent amount of spice, but it’s a pretty refreshing aftertaste. If you want to compare/contrast to Jameson, Bushmills is definitely sweeter, but not at all in a gross way. I think you get a decent amount more spice with Bushmills, but a few more complex flavors in Jameson. That’s really my one major knock with Bushmills. The flavors are great, but sometimes I just feel like there isn’t enough of them. It could definitely stand to be more complex, but that’s what you pay for when you’re buying the Original Blend.
Overall, Bushmills Irish Whiskey is an institution. Much like it’s cousin Jameson, it’s an amber colored, Irish fighting machine. It’s extremely versatile if you know the right flavor notes to combine with (just like anything), and it extremely smooth as a shot. Bushmills Irish Whiskey is also perfect for fighting the Irish Flu. Maybe to decide which Irish Whiskey institution is better we should stage a bar fight between someone drunk on Jameson and someone drunk on Bushmills? I think we need that to happen.
Ah, Jameson Irish Whiskey. There are few whiskies that have the brand recognition of good old Jameson. When you think of Irish Whiskey, you’re probably thinking of Jameson. It’s available in almost every liquor store, can facilitate if you plan on bombing an Irish car, and will most certainly be your best friend in a good, old fashioned Irish bar fight. It’s also been one of mine, and probably a lot of ours, first whiskies, so it holds a lot of memories for all of us. Or maybe lack of memories. I don’t know. Fuck this. So let’s get on to the review, shall we?
How to Drink It
Now the beauty of Jameson Irish Whiskey is in it’s versatility. We all know the multitude of “cocktails” that can be made with it (we put that in Dr. Evil air-quotes because we hardly consider an Irish car bomb to be a cocktail, but that’s all that comes to mind when I think of mixed drinks with Jameson). My personal favorite drink with Jameson is Irish Coffee, and that drink has singlehandedly saved my life on Sunday mornings more than I’d like to admit. Now, taking shots with Jameson is quite the experience. By that I mean it’s waaaay too easy to shoot these bad boys down. I’m not kidding, it’s almost dangerous how smooth this shit is if you’re being forced to take a shot. But I won’t lie, drinking Jameson full strength or even on ice is a good option, but it can definitely leave a strange taste in your mouth after your first couple sips or glasses. We suggest drinking Jameson when you know you’ll be bombing Irish cars and other shenanigans.
This one’s a doozy. It’s going to sound weird, but Jameson is almost buttery. In the aftertaste, you can definitely tell there’s hints of oak and malted barley, but the buttery-ness really stands out to me for some reason. You also get a hint of spice in the aftertaste, finishing off with a kick of that butter and honey that smacks you on your ass while lifting you up at the same time, much like my last Irish bar fight.
First Words: (Fat Bastard Voice) AY, IT’S GUNNA START A FI-YAHHH
Jameson Irish Whiskey is an institution. It was my first whiskey, and the first drink that made me actually want to look up how it was made, and what it was made with. That being said, it is more of a whiskey to either start out with or to make ridiculous drinks with. On Sunday mornings, we recommend it highly for Irish Coffee (see our brunch blog, ya filthy animals). While you won’t be drinking Jameson to remark at it’s complex flavors, you will be drinking it to have a great fucking time, and that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?