Our Favorite Blended Irish Whiskeys Under $50

Think you’ve only got a couple of choices with blended Irish whiskey? Think again. Here are some favorites under $50 we’d love you to check out.
May 29, 2018
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    10 Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey
    89
    Sweet & Rich
    After its initial aging in oak barrels, Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey is further aged in casks that previously held Flor de Caña rum. The blended whiskey is currently sourced from Cooley Distillery, a distillery previously owned by the Teeling family now owned by Beam. It is then further matured in Teeling's own warehouses. The Teeling Whiskey Co is expected to begin producing its own whiskey in late 2014. It will be Dublin's only working distillery.
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    9 Writers' Tears Copper Pot
    87
    Sweet & Fruity
    Writers' Tears is a brand owned by the Walsh Whiskey Distillery, the same folks that are behind The Irishman line of whiskeys. This was produced at an undisclosed distillery. It is a blend of single-pot still and triple-distilled malt whiskeys and was aged in ex-bourbon casks. The vatting of the two types were done by Bernard Walsh.
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    8 Tullamore D.E.W. XO Caribbean Rum Finish
    87
    Sweet & Fruity
    Available beginning October 2017 is this rum finished Irish blended whiskey. This triple-distilled, triple blend, and triple wood whiskey finishes its maturation in first-fill Caribbean rum barrels which held Demerara rum. Bottled at 43% ABV.
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    7 Bushmills Red Bush
    85
    Sweet & Spicy
    Red Bush is a blended whiskey aged in first-fill-bourbon casks. No age statement is given other than the standard "at least three years of age" as is the youngest age requirement for any Irish Whiskey. Available in the US market in early 2017. Bottled at 40% ABV.
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    6 Powers Gold Label
    85
    Full Bodied & Fruity
    Powers Gold Label is the entry level bottling under the Powers portfolio. It is a blended Irish whiskey made of triple-distilled pot still and grain whiskey produced at Midleton Distillery in Co. Cork. There is no-age statement. Bottled at 86.4 proof.
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    5 2 Gingers
    85
    Tart & Fruity
    2 Gingers is a twice distilled, blended whiskey made at the Kilbeggan Distillery. The founder of the brand, Irish born Kieran Folliard, launched the brand in Minnesota where he lives and owned four Irish pubs. Recently purchased by Beam, the product has now been launched nationwide.
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    4 The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey
    84
    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.
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    3 Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition
    83
    Sweet
    This IPA Caskmates is the second edition of this line of whiskeys aged in former beer casks. This one features an Irish India pale ale from Franciscan Well Brewery in Cork, Ireland. The brewery ages their beer in former Jameson whiskey casks then sends these barrels back to Jameson. These beer barrels are used to finish aging the whiskey. The initial release included 2000 bottles in Ireland, but now a larger rollout has followed with a nationwide US release in late 2017. Update: In 2019, the brewery used is Eight Degrees Brewing. Check the back of the bottle find info.
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    2 The Quiet Man Blended Traditional Irish Whiskey
    83
    Floral & Fruity
    This sourced blended whiskey is the first whiskey release from Niche Spirits while the brand plans its own distillery. While the most famous Quiet Man is John Wayne from the movie of the same name, the quiet man here is bartender John Mulgrew who knew how to keep a patron's secret.
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    1 Prizefight Irish Whiskey
    82
    Floral & Fruity
    This brand was created as a collaboration between Flor Prendergast and New Hampshire-based Tamworth Distilling founder, Steven Grasse. The whiskey was distilled and aged in West Cork and is a blend of 10 year-old malt and 4 year-old grain whiskey. It finished its maturation in American rye casks sourced from Tamworth for six months. This Irish-American collaboration features John Morrissey (then aged 22) and Yankee Sullivan (then aged 40) on the label. Their infamous fight in Boston Corners, New York (then Massachusetts) on October 12, 1853 went 37 rounds with Morrissey being declared the winner despite Sullivan knocking him out.