You're out of luck. Certain things, like Irish whisky and cognac, I only drink at bars. Besides, if I buy a bottle and don't like it, there's a bottle of glenfidich that needs company. It's lonely among all those bottles of dark rum, aged tequila, and Kentucky whiskey.
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It does take something out of it to know that of the amazingly plethora of Irish whiskey brands are made by one of the two giant Irish distillers, Bushmills or Jamerson's, and that both are owned by the French firm Pernod-Ricard. Ireland really sold its soul in a way.
The big difference outside the actual molecules is that I often see many Scotch drinkers like to stick their noses in the bottle, roll around the drink in their glass, describe the bouquet, go on about the peaty/smokey/caramel/fruit/etc. notes; whereas Irish whiskey drinkers seem to drink the damn stuff, enjoy it, and laugh & dance.
Also, I realize that there are legal protections for Parma and Champagne, but still...
Not sure I like the use of "Glen" in their name even if they say it's because of the town they're in. Seems a little cheesy, like they're cashing in on Scotch's pedigree and/or they're embarrassed or too good to call themselves Single Malt Canadian Whiskey.
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Is this your homework, Larry?
I prefer both Scotch and Irish whiskey to bourbon. Tullamore Dew is probably one of my favorites, altohough you can't go wrong with 18 year old Jameson. Powers Gold Label is a good one as well. I have seen my girlfriend (a non drinker) tip a bottle of Powers back and take a nice pull off of it. The Glenlivet is a great starter, as it isn't too peaty. As far as I am concerned, there isn't a bourbon that hold a candle to either a decent Scotch or Irish whiskey.
I didn't surrender, they made my horse surrender though.
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Tyrconnell single malt Irish, 15 yr old Glenfiddich cask strength are a couple above average that won't break the bank. Glenmorangie is also decent.
Have you ever seen their packaging? It's pretty unambiguous - there are twelve words on the front of the box, and three of them (1/4 of all the words) are "Canada/Canadian". There's also a giant maple leaf for the sake of the semi-illiterate.
Interesting. It seems that they're clearly labeled and not trying to pass off. If the Scots are against other distillers using the name of where they're based as the name for their product, I hope the Scots are out of luck.
But anyways - back to the topic of Irish whiskey and Scottish whisky.
Can anyone recommend a single-malt irish whiskey to me? I'm not sure that I've ever seen one in stores.
There aren't a lot of single-malt Irish whiskeys. Off the top of my head, I can only think of Bushmills and Connemara, but the Cooley distillery might have more than Connemara in their roster. I personally prefer the pot still Irish whiskey. If you're a Scotch guy, Connemara is essentially a Scotch made in Ireland. It's peated and only double distilled instead of the usual triple distilled for Irish whiskeys.
As far as single malt Irish goes. Some of the 12+ year Bushmills are nice. I can't remember if I had a 12yr single Bushmills or a 16yr, but it was nice and easy to drink. I don't like it enough for what it costs, though. I'd rather buy some of my favorite non-Irish whiskies [don't tell my grandfather and uncles] that are squarely within that price range. I'm not a fan of Bushmills 10yr Malt even though it's reasonably priced.
Is this your homework, Larry?