This whiskey is a single malt, owned by Kilbeggan and distilled at Cooley distillery, home to brands such as Kilbeggan, Greenore, and Tyrconnell. This whiskey is a bit unique as far as Irish whiskey because it double rather than triple distilled, and it is also peated bringing in smoke and earthy flavours. The whiskey itself is blended from a mix of younger and older whiskies to bring out a good peat character from the younger whiskies as well as maturity and depth from the older whiskies. The name itself, “Connemara” refers to the region of Western Galway, where peat dwells and is cut, and where some of the distillery staff themselves used to cut peat.
This whisky is triple distilled, and matured in sherry casks. It is darker than the other bushmills, hence “black” – the whisky is crafted in the style of a blended scotch from a mix of grain and malt whiskies.
Irish Whiskey is spelled with an “e” rather than the Scottish spelling without the “e” (“whisky”). Why is this? In the mid 1800s, much of the Scottish produced product was, frankly, nasty stuff. However, Ireland was producing lighter, higher quality product – and started to use an “e” in the spelling because they didn’t want to associate with the other nasty “whisky” being produced. At this time, more Irish whisky was drunk in Scotland than other whiskies.
This whisky was originally produced at the Tullamore Dew distilery, but it is now produced at Midleton along with other whiskies such as Redbreast. This movement was caused by the mix of prohibition and an export ban placed on the Irish whiskey industry, which at the time was booming. The whiskey is triple distilled, which often yields a lighter character. Certainly, as I’ve explored more of Irish whiskey, I’ve found the quality to be quite high, and, in many cases, low prices also provide excellent value (take Black Bush, or Redbreast 12 Year Old for example!).
One of the most highly regarded brands whisky has to offer, with fabulous ratings across the board, this is an Irish pot still whiskey, which means it is made from both malted and unmalted barley. It is distilled at Midleton distillery in County Cork, Ireland. It is aged for 12 years, mostly in Oloroso sherry casks but partially in bourbon casks as well. The first official reference to this brand was in August of 1912, so it’s been around for quite some time. The name, redbreast, refers to a robin. It was likely named by the chairman of Gibleys, an Irish liquor merchant that managed the brand, who loved birds.
This classic blended Irish whiskey is triple distilled (unlike most Scotch Whisky and much like most Canadian Whisky), matured and bottled in ireland. It is made from pot still whiskey from malted and unmalted barley and corn, and matured in sherry casks. It is the flagship whisky for one of the most recognizable names in whisk(e)y, and is what some of my friends tend to drink.