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“The Irish invented whiskey!” as every Irish whiskey brand ambassador and bartender has told me in the last few years.
And it’s true. Plus, Irish whiskey is the fastest growing spirits category in the world, and these are all really fun facts to know and tell (over and over again) when you’re imbibing on St. Patrick’s Day … which, thanks to falling on a Sunday, pretty much means you’ll be drinking Irish style the entire weekend, even in non-Irish bars.
Which is fine: Irish whiskey is a smooth sipper and extremely versatile in cocktails. And, bonus, there’s a lot to love if you’re working within a budget. So while we’d love to sip on Knappogue Castle 16 or Red Spot, your St. Patrick’s Day drinking certainly won’t suffer with one of these 10 extremely affordable Irish tipples — all of which we’ve personally tried and approved.
Sláinte, as the Irish say. Which means health, and is the local way of saying cheers and take care of yourself this Sunday.
(Note: Depending on where you live, most of these whiskeys will be just under, right at, or a bit over $30. Some will be 750ml, some will be one liter.)
West Cork Bourbon Cask
Matured in first-fill bourbon casks, this young independent distiller crafts an approachable spirit that our office easily polished off (neat) over a few late-night work sessions.
Tullamore D.E.W. XO Caribbean Rum Cask Finish
Aged in Demerara Rum barrels, Tullamore’s whiskey is tripled distilled and packs a triple blend of pot still, malt and grain Irish whiskey. End result? Notes of banana, vanilla, spice and citrus, and you can use it in lieu of rum in tiki cocktails.
Proper No. Twelve
We may not have loved Conor McGregor’s foray into Irish whiskey at first sip, but a recent follow-up drinking session put it on par with other, similarly priced Irish tipples. Besides, it was crafted with help from a former operations manager at Guinness, so now you’ve got your drink pairing.
Kilbeggan Single Grain
Hailing from Ireland’s oldest licensed distillery, this complex Irish whiskey is double-distilled (most are triple) and aged in ex-bourbon and fortified wine barrels.
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