From the Gaelic phrase meaning "water of life" (the Irish are clearly better than you at naming stuff), Irish whiskey is one of the oldest and most popular types of whiskey. Since 1990, the liquor has been the fastest growing spirit in the world. Made from kiln-dried instead of peat-dried barley and distilled three times, this whiskey has a smoother finish than Scotch. It won't necessarily turn you into a smooth-talking specimen, but if you knock back a couple neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail, you may think this to be true.
What Are the Best Irish Whiskeys?
Irish whiskey was the most-consumed spirit in the world until the late 19th century, when tastes changed, causing a decline in the industry. Around the turn of the 20th century, there were only three distilleries operating in the Emerald Isle. However, a resurgence in popularity resurrected the industry, and today there are 16 distilleries. That means you have a fine choice of Irish whiskeys to enjoy during a conversation or to pair with some delicious corned beef and cabbage. If that isn't your thing, you need to embrace Irish culture a bit more.
How to Drink It:
It's great neat or on the rocks. Club soda and ginger ale are also excellent mixers. And you can never go wrong adding a little Jameson Irish Whiskey to your coffee. We certainly won't judge you.
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