March is a big month for Irish Whiskey! Along with St. Patrick’s Day, March 3rd is Irish Whiskey day and March 27rd is International Whiskey Day.
In the last few years, the Irish Whiskey market has seen incredible growth going from two distilleries in 1966 to 32 by the end of 2019. With so many new faces on the market, there are plenty of options to explore this Irish Whiskey Day!
Mix up a cocktail like this one from Boston Chilled 100 member, Ezra Starr, and find your new favorite bottle.
St. Kevin Sling
Recipe by Ezra Starr
- 1 1/2 oz. Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey
- 1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1/2 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
- 1/4 oz. Grenadine
- 2 1/2 oz. Soda Water
- 2 dashes Orange Bitters (to Top)
- Lemon Twist (for Garnish)
Preparation: Build the first five ingredients in a Highball glass filled with ice and stir. Top with orange bitters. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Two Stacks – Smoke & Mirrors
Made from a blend of 30% peated malt, 10% double malt, and 60% “stout” malt. Two Stacks “stout” malt is malt whiskey that is double, or triple distilled before being finished in ex-imperial beer stout cask. The name and label play off the smokey flavors and the brands commitment to transparency. Expect tasting notes of white chocolate, peppered clove, almond, and a lingering touch of spice.
Made at the Royal Oak Distillery, The Busker is an exciting new face on the Irish Whiskey market. The line currently has four expressions including the Triple Cask Triple Smooth which is matured and finished in three different casks before being blended into one smooth spirit with a rich body. The three casks, Bourbon, Marsala, and Sherry, each ad their own notes resulting in a final palate of vanilla, tropical fruit, toffee, and dark chocolate.
Hinch – 5 Year Double Wood Blend
This 86-proof chill-filtered whiskey is aged for ten years in Ex-Bourbon casks followed by six months in Olorosro Sherry Casks from Bodega Garvey. The aging gives the golden spirit a dynamic flavor profile and character. When drinking, you’ll notice notes of fresh fruit and an earthy, garden-fresh aroma with tasting notes of layered stewed fruit with a nutty aftertaste.