Lots of folks will be wearin’ the green, drinking Guinness, and tucking into big piles of corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day. And, that is as it should be.
However, let’s not forget the other liquid libation given to us by the Irish: whiskey. Now, there are Irish whiskeys that are certainly better known than the one that I’m recommending for St. Paddy’s Day. But you’ll be hard-pressed to find better quality for the price than you will when you score a bottle of West Cork Distillers 10-Year-Old Single Malt Whiskey ($39.99).
For starters, West Cork Distillery triple distills all of its Irish whiskey using only pot stills in its production, and only half fills its spirit stills in order to allow for maximal copper-spirit vapor interactions – the key to producing top-notch Irish whiskey.
West Cork Irish Whiskey is pot-distilled with Irish malted barley and no caramel added. It’s slightly sweet tasting, with citrus and floral notes and strong malt aromas. I find it to be a very high-quality whiskey in the Irish single malt category.
A whiskey loving buddy of mine – a member of Facebook’s Whiskey Drinkers Union: Utah Local 801 – says of West Cork Irish Whiskey, “This one got me by the too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ra and gave it a twist! It put the Irish back into my Lucky Charms. It’s artisan from stem to stern.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Erin go bragh!
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.