Community Favorites: Affordable Irish Whiskeys

It's great when whiskeys get high scores or high average ratings, but if you can't afford them what's the point? These Irish whiskeys have high scores, high average ratings, and they shouldn't be more than $50!
Jul 13, 2016
  • 10
    10 Powers Three Swallow Single Pot Still
    3.61
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 87 )
    Fruity & Vanilla
    Powers Three Swallow is a single pot still whiskey made from a mix of unmalted and malted barley. It is aged in American oak ex-bourbon barrels and finishes its maturation in oloroso sherry casks. Three Swallow bears no age statement and is bottled at 80 proof. As of October 2018, this product is available in the US.
  • 9
    9 Greenore Single Grain 8 Year
    3.59
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 112 )
    Sweet & Fruity
    This single grain whiskey is produced using predominately corn with just a splash of barley. Typically, single grain whiskey is used for blending, but Greenore is not only produced to shine on its own, but is aged for 8 years. First fill bourbon barrels are utilized here.
  • 8
    8 The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey
    3.62
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 71 )
    Spicy & Rich
    This blended Irish whiskey is a collaboration between Master Distiller Darryl McNally of The Dublin Liberties Distillery (set to open summer 2018) and co-founders of The Dead Rabbit, Sean Muldoon & Jack McGarry. The sourced whiskey was first aged in seasoned bourbon barrels for five years and then finished in small virgin American oak barrels. Released for the NYC bar's fifth anniversary on February 12, 2018 in New York and New Jersey with an expansion to select markets in April of that year.
  • 7
    7 The Irishman Single Malt
    3.63
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 144 )
    Fruity & Sweet
    The Single Malt is triple distilled and aged in a mixture of ex-bourbon and ex-Oloroso sherry casks. The whiskey is produced in 6000 bottle batches and are labeled with batch and bottle number. The brand has recently had a makeover and recently announced plans to build their own distillery in County Carlow, so expect to hear more from this small brand in the years to come.
  • 6
    6 Powers Signature Release
    3.63
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 105 )
    Sweet & Fruity
    Single Pot Still whiskeys seem to be making a comeback. Signature Release was released in the fall of 2013. A mixture of malted and unmalted barley, this whiskey is triple distilled in copper pot stills. Aged primarily in ex-bourbon barrels, there is a portion of the whiskey that is matured in first fill Oloroso casks.
  • 5
    5 The Quiet Man 8 Year Single Malt
    3.65
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 97 )
    Floral & Fruity
    This is a sourced whiskey bottled by Niche drinks while the brand builds its own distillery in Derry, Northern Ireland. The single malt has been aged 8 years in former bourbon casks, then transferred to newer, first-fill bourbon casks for finishing. Available in the US as of early 2016.
  • 4
    4 Jameson Black Barrel
    3.71
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 1409 )
    Fruity
    Jameson Black Barrel is a whiskey comprised of (a high proportion of) single pot still and grain whiskey aged first in a mix of ex-sherry and ex-bourbon. The whiskey is then aged in extra charred ex-bourbon barrels, hence the name. The age of the whiskey ranges from 8-16 years of age.
  • 3
    3 Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Special Reserve
    3.77
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 417 )
    Vanilla & Sweet
    The 12 Year Special Reserve stays true to the Original bottling in that is a blend of three kinds of whiskey: single malt, grain, and single pot still. In this case, the bottling is largely comprised of the single malt and pot still. The whiskey is aged in a mix of both bourbon and sherry casks, some up to 15 years.
  • 2
    2 Jameson Crested
    3.8
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 170 )
    Fruity & Sweet
    The trend of no-age-statement releases continues with this Irish whiskey expression from Pernod Ricard subsidiary, Irish Distillers. Released in April 2016, Jameson Crested is a triple-distilled blend of pot-still (malted and unmalted barley) and grain whiskey. A high proportion of the blend has maturated in sherry casks, with the rest in ex-bourbon barrels. It is bottled at 40% ABV.
  • 1
    1 Knappogue Castle 12 Year Bourbon Cask Matured
    3.8
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 613 )
    Sweet & Rich
    Mark Edwin Andrews is an American who, in the 1960's, purchased, and with his wife, restored an Irish castle named Knappogue. He also acquired casks of Irish Whiskey which he aged and bottled for sale. Knappogue recently began to release age statement bottlings rather than vintage dating their bottles. This is a single malt whiskey that is triple-distilled and aged for 12 years in ex-bourbon casks.