With St Patrick’s Day around the corner, draw on the luck of the Irish with these award winning whiskeys selected by drinks expert, Ewan Lacey, General Manager at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).
The International Wine & Spirit Competition recognises and rewards the very best wines and spirits from across the world. Its panels of professionals spend months tasting and judging wine and spirits in its dedicated tasting rooms at the competition’s headquarters.
To celebrate St Patrick’s Day and the fantastic array of Irish Whiskeys awarded medals in 2015, Ewan has carefully selected his pick of the bunch. These can be enjoyed with a drop of water to enhance the flavour profiles of the individual whiskeys or served simply straight up.
Flashing the cash: Jameson Irish Whiskey 18 YO
This classic Irish whiskey is wonderfully smooth and soft on the palate. Its complex flavours of peach, nectarine, toffee, fruit cake and vanilla make this an exceptional drink, available from The Whisky Exchange for £82.85.
Jameson Irish Whiskey 18 YO won a Gold Outstanding medal in the 2015 IWSC
Good things come in small packages: Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey
This delicious small-batch blend has been matured in rum casks for added spice.
Juicy in the mouth with apple pie characters and tropical tones, with a complex finish. You can order a bottle for just £33.61 from Master of Malt.
Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey won a Gold medal in the 2015 IWSC
Bargain booze: Irish Mist
The smooth and delicious blend of Irish whiskey, honey and aromatic spices make this liqueur unlike any other. Available from Sainsbury’s for only £20.00!
Irish Mist won a Silver Outstanding medal in the 2015 IWSC
Keep it real: Paddy Irish Whiskey
This is an absolute steal and can be picked up for just £20.00 from Tesco and Asda. This triple distilled blended Irish whiskey has a rich and mellow flavour and is made, unusually, with all three styles of Irish whiskey: single pot still, single malt and grain.
Paddy Irish Whiskey won a Silver medal in the 2015 IWSC
Sweet tooth: Tesco Finest Salted Caramel Irish Cream Liqueur
For something a little different, try this Irish Liqueur characterised by salted caramel and cream notes. With an explosion of honeycomb this is the perfect balance between sweet and salty. Pick up a bottle for just £12.00 from Tesco.
Tesco Finest Salted Caramel Irish Cream Liqueur won a Gold medal in the 2015 IWSC
A full list of winners can be found at www.iwsc.net
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