Irish whiskey has oft been thought of as a cheap shot to go along with a cheap beer. But this mentality no longer applies. As the public becomes more and more infatuated with all things related to brown spirits, Irish whiskey has readily kept pace with bourbon, rye, and scotch. According to the Distilled Spirits Council, 3.8 million cases of Irish whiskey were sold in 2016, amounting to an impressive $795 million, numbers helped in part by the rise of super premium expressions.
"I believe we are in the middle of a long term cyclical uptrend for Irish whiskey," says Teeling Whiskey founder and managing director Jack Teeling. "We have been the fastest growing spirit category globally for near 20 years. However, there hopefully is another 20 or 30 years of dynamic growth ahead."
Indeed, whiskey drinkers are giving Irish whiskey its moment. From market-dominating leaders to newer upstarts, Irish whiskey brands are releasing a wide array of expressions, from extra aged to cask finished to blends of grain and pot still whiskey. These are some of the best new Irish whiskeys you should drink, ranging from affordable to expensive, along with some cocktail suggestions. For a cheery St. Patrick's Day, or any other day.
From: Esquire US