Times are changing and Irish whiskey is demanding that you pay attention to it. It's been "well known" that serious whiskey drinkers drink scotch for drinking and use blended Irish whiskey for drowning their sorrows. However Irish whiskey companies, such as Jameson and Bushmills, are expanding their ranges to include deluxe creations ranging from pot stills, aged blends and their own brand of single malts.
"The top Irish whiskeys are just as good as many single-malt scotches. It's too bad more people aren't aware of how complex some of these whiskeys have become."
John Hansell [editor and publisher of Malt Advocate magazine] says Irish distillers are simply--and astutely--responding to consumer demand.
"People are drinking less, but smarter," he says. "They don't just want whiskey, they want the best whiskey. And they'll pay for it."
- Bushmills 21 year old (single malt) - $115
- Midleton Very Rare (blend) - $150
- Redbreast 12-year-old (pure pot still) - $50
- Green Spot (pure pot still) - $60
- Jameson 18-year-old (blend) - $65
- Knappogue Castle 1951 (pure pot still) - $1000 (pictured)
- Connemara Cask Strength (single malt) - $60
- Jameson 12-year-old (blend) - $33
- Black Bush (blend) - $29
- Powers Irish Whiskey - $17
and no, that $1000 was not a typo...