Irish Whiskey Reviews

W.D. O'Connell Bill Phil - Irish Whiskey Review

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W.D. O'Connell Bill Phil - Irish Whiskey Review

    Bill Phil Irish Whiskey is our Whiskey of the Month for February 2024. This peated single malt is the proper companion for fireside sipping during the February chill. In honor of Groundhog Day we also wanted to give a shout out to the classic movie and its two famous stars: Bill (Murray) and (Punxsutawney) Phil. (Bill Murray's character was also named Phil). While these two make great comedic partners, they are not the inspiration for this lovely Single Malt. Bill Phil is actually the brainchild of Daithi O'Connell of W.D. O'Connell Whiskey Merchants. The initial release from this...

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Bushmills Prohibition Recipe

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Bushmills Prohibition Recipe

  January 17th, 1920 was a dry day indeed. The Prohibition of alcohol production, import, transport, and sale started on this day, one year after the passing of the 18th Amendment. The Prohibition period lasted for 13 years in the USA bringing with it the onset of bootlegging, organized crime, speakeasies, and expanded medicinal uses for alcohol. The impact was far reaching as Ireland, already losing business to the UK markets, lost its primary importer of whiskey. This period precipitated the downward spiral of the Irish Whiskey industry that would not be rekindled for almost 80 years.  While Ireland is...

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Teeling PX Brandy Chestnut

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Teeling PX Brandy Chestnut

Teeling Distillery has arguably the largest, most diverse Irish Whiskey product range in the market as of 2023. Teeling's whiskey offerings extend far beyond their core range Small Batch (rum finish) blend, Single Grain (red wine finish) NAS, and Single Malt (multi-cask) NAS. For blends, Teeling offers the Small Batch in various finishes, most epitomized by their Sommelier Selection Series. Aged Single Grains and Single Malts range from 13 years to over 30 years in a multitude of wine finishes, single casks, and abv strength. This vast range is comprised of stock primarily retained from the sale of the Cooley...

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Whistler Calvados Cask Finish

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Whistler Calvados Cask Finish

The Whistler Calvados Cask Finish Irish Whiskey is part of a trilogy of sourced whiskeys from Boann Distillery in Drogheda, Co. Meath. Boann started distilling their own spirit in 2019 but has been offering sourced expressions since 2016.  The Whistler range is reportedly named after owner Pat Cooney. In December 2022, Boann released their first distilled Irish Whiskey, a single pot still called Solstice. Boann has laid down historical mash bills mirroring recipes from the golden age of Irish Whiskey. Until those are ready for release we can enjoy their vast range of sourced offerings. The Cask Finish Series is...

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Oak Devil Irish Whiskey Review

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Oak Devil Irish Whiskey Review

Oak Devil is the core range blended expression from Dublin Liberties Distillery. This is a perfect Halloween Irish Whiskey given the history behind the name. But it can be enjoyed all month long in October given its classic Fall flavor profile. Hell, why not enjoy it all year long for that matter? The Liberties is one of Dublin's oldest neighborhoods and earned its name from its original history outside the city center wall. Outside the primary jurisdiction, the neighborhood had the 'liberty' to form their own rules and customs and was "notorious for mayhem and riotous behaviour with danger and...

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