The Irishman Single Malt is a hugely popular brand. Triple distilled and aged in both bourbon and oloroso sherry casks, this has plenty of ripe-fruit notes, along with vanilla sweetness, toasted nuts and apricot.
I had high expectations upon tasting this Irish Whiskey. I was quite taken aback to find a different taste profile, though.
Instead of the smooth and fruity finish, I got something peppery and cut-throat on my palate. Granted, this Irish Whiskey is much cheaper than many others, so it’s only natural that the quality would not match up with premium bottles.
I’d recommend the Irishman Whiskey for a quick tipple with your mates on a Wednesday night, but not to someone who likes to spend extra.
If you want to wait and save up, then grab the expressions of the Irishman Blended Whiskey, which are much better. They’re just as cheap as well. Just check Amazon or Compare the Drinks, to see how much you can save.
More on Irish Whiskey in a bit.
Since there are so many different styles of Irish Whiskey out there, I wanted to give a quick guide to the beginner, so they can have an idea of which Irish Whiskey they should try next.
If you’re wanting a smooth drink, I’d recommend Bushmills, Tullamore Dew or Jameson.
If you’re after a Whiskey with a bite, then the Cork Distilleries’ Midleton would be great, as well as a Redbreast or Black Bush.
No doubt, Scotch is the number one choice for Scotch Whiskey. There’s plenty of variations of Scotch Whisky out there for you to try.
I’d recommend trying the Irishman Blended Irish Whiskey, as it’s much better than this variant.
Irish Whiskey has been growing in popularity for a while. Why? Well, it’s a very good price, it tastes very good, and there’s plenty of choice on the market.
Premium Irish Whiskey has been around since the 1820s, which means it’s been around much longer than Scotch Whiskey. Plus, there’s much less competition for Irish Whiskey in the market, so it’s easier to market the product.
Almost twice as many people drank Irish Whiskey in 2017 than Scotch Whisky.
The world drinks an estimated 4.7 million 9-litre cases of Irish Whiskey per year, with 2.7 million of these cases produced in Ireland.
Clearly, this is a drink the world can get behind.
The first Irish whiskey distillery opened in 1779 in Dublin, with The Jameson Distillery Company being the biggest Irish Whiskey brand in the country.
One of the key people in the Irish Whiskey industry was Michael Collins, who wanted to change the popular drink to match Irish whiskey blends. Collins became Prime Minister after the Irish War of Independence, heading up the Provisional Government in Dublin.
Collins ensured that the new Irish Whiskey products could provide employment opportunities for the unemployed, with the money going back into the economy. In doing so, Collins had to convince the Farmers, everyday Irish workmen and grain dealers that they could sell their entire crop to Irish distilleries rather than the larger Scottish distilleries.
Since then, the Irish Whiskey industry has grown and created large amounts of employment in the country.
There are a lot of Irish Whiskey blends and ages available. In the following section, we shall list a few of the most popular ones.
It’s estimated that this is the best-selling Irish Whiskey brand in the world, with a massive 105 million 9-litre cases sold in 2017 alone. Jameson Irish Whiskey is produced by Irish Distillers and has been around since 1780.