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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    Sweet & Rich
    This blended whiskey is made with both grain and malt whisky in 3:1 grain to malt ratio. These whiskeys are matured initially in ex-bourbon barrels before they are married and placed into Central American rum casks for up to 12 months. This rum finished whiskey is bottled at 46% ABV without chill-filtration. (SRP $32.99)
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    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. (SRP $45)
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    Sweet & Fruity
    Available beginning October 2017, this rum finished whiskey is a triple-distilled triple blend featuring single malt, single grain, and single pot still whiskeys in its makeup. These whiskeys were matured in both ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. Then the whiskey finishes its maturation in first-fill Caribbean rum barrels which formerly held Demerara rum. It’s bottled at 43% ABV.
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    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. (SRP $22.99)
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.