5 Great Irish whiskies for toasting St. Patrick’s Day

There’s no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with a toast of true Irish whiskey. With its signature smoothness, sweetness, and easy drinkability, you can see why the Irish style is the fastest growing in the whiskey market.

Irish whiskey is distilled three times, and the barley is usually kiln dried rather than being dried over burning peat for a smoother finish. (Most Scotch is distilled twice and the malt is often peated, giving it a smoky flavor with earthy overtones.) Traditionally, Irish whiskey is made from cereal grains and aged in wooden casks at least three years.

For your March 17 celebration, try one of these festive Irish whiskey options:

Green Spot

A favorite of whiskey critics, Green Spot has an aroma and taste of orchard apples and toasted wood with a sprinkling of clove. It is full bodied while balancing the fruity sweetness and toasted oak spiciness into a nicely malted finish with accents of vanilla.

Redbreast 12

Redbreast is a very special single pot still whiskey that is matured for a minimum of twelve years in sherry casks and bourbon barrels. It is robust, assertive, and highly praised among whiskey connoisseurs. Its nose is nutty and rich with notes of dried peels and spice. Its palate exhibits essences of spice and freshly cut citrus fruit with hints of marzipan and sherry. Redbreast has a delightfully long finish full of creamy custard and spice.

Teeling Small Batch

This small batch bottling consists of hand selected casks which are given further maturation in ex-rum barrels imparting extra character and smooth flavor unique to Irish whiskey. Bottling at 46% ABV with no chill filtration.

Slane Triple Casked

Slane Irish Whiskey is draws from a trio of casks–virgin oak casks, seasoned casks (which previously contained Tennessee whiskey and bourbon) and Oloroso Sherry casks. It has a nose of sweet oak and toasted barley with flavors of Victoria Sponge Cake and butterscotch with a toasted, lingering finish.

Jameson Caskmates

Emerging from a conversation between their head distiller and the head brewer of Cork’s Franciscan Well Brewery, Jameson Caskmates is finished in either IPA or stout-seasoned whiskey casks. While their triple-distilled smoothness is very much intact, notes of oak, vanilla, and butterscotch confirm the beer’s influence in the classic Irish whiskey.

You can find these, as well as many other types of whiskey, at Wyatt’s Wet Goods, where they offer you superior choice and selection for all your drinking desires.

Stadler Springs Kentucky Whiskey

The beginning of the year is typically a slow period for whiskey releases, yet one of the most popular months for The Brown due to the weather. If you’re looking for a new, relaxed winter warmer, consider Stadler Springs Kentucky Whiskey.

Opening with a beautiful dark amber color and aromas of brown sugar and apricot, its palate is delicate, featuring sweet oak, molasses, and lightly toasted almonds. An elegant spirit best served neat, Stadler Springs gets better with each sip. 92 Points, Wine & Spirits Guild of America. 40% ABV.

This meticulously blended Kentucky whiskey is distinctively rich and smooth. It works well for both casual shots or in mixing. Try it at your next poker game, playoff viewing party, or barbecue. It pairs nicely with smoked meat.

You can check out Stadler Springs at Wyatt’s Wet Goods, your local destination liquor store.

Basil Hayden’s Bourbon is a smooth addition to your bar

Basil Hayden’s is truly a small batch bourbon with broad appeal. Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is made from a mash very similar to the original recipe developed in 1796, when master distiller Basil Hayden used a traditional corn base but mixed in small grains with the mash.

A bartending favorite, it has a golden amber color and a spicy aroma of breakfast tea and peppermint bark. On the palate, the rye grains are evident, as are notes of cracked pepper and honey with just a touch of mint. The finish is clean and dry, leaving a pleasant aftertaste of cinnamon and baking spices.

Although it is ideally served neat, or simply with ice on a hot afternoon, Basil Hayden will enhance any Manhattan or Smash cocktail.

A bottle of basil Hayden won’t break the bank either, but it will fix your reputation as a bourbon connoisseur, so raise a glass with a quality dram like Basil Hayden’s.

Locally, you can get yours, as well as a host of traditional and Colorado whiskies, at large, family-owned liquor stores, like Wyatt’s Wet Goods, that maintain vast whiskey and spirits sections for your enjoyment.

Jeffers Creek Bourbon makes quite a splash

Are you looking for a new, but impressive, bourbon that has the versatility for both personal sipping and social gatherings?

Try Jeffers Creek. This elegant Kentucky Straight Bourbon is aged for six years in new, charred American oak barrels, this whiskey features a sweet nose of vanilla citrus and syrup with a palate of sweet corn. The finish is elegant with notes of sweet vanilla toned by dry toasty oak.

Give it a shot with smoked meats, BBQ chicken, or a good slice of pecan pie for dessert. It’s also a fun share around the poker table or as a reward for shoveling your driveway.

Due to limited stock runs, Jeffers Creek can be tough to find. You will have better success at larger, family-owned liquor stores, like Wyatt’s, that cater to the discriminating whisky drinker, as well as those just beginning their fine malt journey.