Whiskey: Thank you, Ireland
No wonder Americans are drinking more Irish whiskey than ever, said Eric Asimov in The New York Times. Ireland is now home to more than a dozen distilleries, up from just three in 2006, and the quality of the spirits they’re making is “thrilling.” The revival of the pot still has played a role, but whiskeys of “depth, elegance, and clarity” are being produced even with lower-cost methods.
Barr An Uisce 1803 Single Malt ($85). Our favorite was this 10-year-old, a “wonderfully” smooth, complex spirit with “creamy flavors of fruit, caramel, spices, and oak.”
Redbreast Single Pot Still ($57). A terrific value from an established distiller, this delightful whiskey, aged 12 years, has a flowery aroma and flavors of caramel, grain, and moss.
Donegal ($34). “Fresh, floral, and fruity,” Donegal is a great example of a minimally aged whiskey that can hold its own with far pricier rivals.