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Bushmills Whisky Pages Updated

Bushmills whiskyBushmills is one of the oldest registered distilleries in the world. Irish whiskey has been made on the site since around 1608 when King James 1 granted a license to distill. Today there are six whiskies in the range.

We have spent the last few days updating our Bushmills pages. You will find more detailed descriptions of each brand and links for the best places to buy them. They make great whiskies at Bushmills – in fact, it is one of our favourite distilleries. That regard will be evident on the Bushmills whisky pages you read, but it is not sales speak. We have known every Bushmills brand in the range, some of them intimately, and the views are all honestly held.

Generally, as a distillery, Bushmills is interesting. Bushmills whisky stands on its own a little bit from other Irish whiskies. The two brands bigger than it – Jameson and Powers – are produced at the Midleton Distillery in County Cork, while Bushmills is still made at its traditional home. That home is not even in Ireland. It is in the village of Bushmills in County Antrim, which is in Northern Ireland, a part of the UK.

So there is a uniqueness about Bushmills whisky. They are all triple distilled and are all made with at least some un-peated single malt.

Bushmills Whisky

There are currently 6 brands in the Bushmills whisky range.

Bushmills Original – a light whiskey made from a blend of single malt and grain whiskies. It is an excellent, and some might say better, alternative to the more common Irish whiskey brands.

Bushmills Black Bush – a rich blended whiskey that is made up of 80 percent triple distilled and aged single malt. Considering how good it is, it is unbelievable value for money.

Bushmills Irish Honey – a flavoured Irish whiskey that contains Bushmill Original infused with honey. It will not be to everyone’s taste but it has tapped into a niche and works well in cocktails and mixed drinks.

Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt – another shockingly good value Irish whiskey, this is made from 100 percent single malt and aged for 10 years. Just add a dash of water.

Bushmills 16 Year Old Single Malt – an Irish single malt whiskey that is aged in three different types of cask: bourbon, sherry and port. It is creamy and bursting with flavours.

Bushmills 21 Year Old Single Malt – a difficult to find but exceptional Irish single malt whiskey aged for 21 years in bourbon, sherry and Madeira casks. Wow.

You can find links to all the individual Bushmills whisky pages on our Bushmills page here.

Powers Whisky Pages Updated

Powers whiskyPowers whisky is not always easy to get in the UK – the Irish like to keep it for themselves. That is said only half jokingly, as people in Ireland would reach for a bottle of Powers before they would a bottle of Jamesons. Strangely, even the flagship, standard brand (Powers Gold Label) is even hard to find on this side of the Irish Sea.

That is where Irish can help. We have just finished an update on our Powers whisky pages to help you find the brand you are looking for at the best possible price. We have done more than that, however. We have also put together detailed descriptions of each Powers whisky so you can make an informed choice.

The brand has a history that goes back to the 1700s. Back then, Powers whisky was produced in Dublin for other people to bottle. The whisky they made was single pot still whisky. Now, of course, Powers bottles and sells its own bottles (this started in the late 1800s); production has been moved to the massive Midleton Distillery in Cork (owned by Pernod-Ricard, just as the brand Powers is); and, while single pot still whisky makes up part of the blend in the range of Powers whisky today, grain whisky is also used (except for the hard to find Powers John’s Lane which keeps the old single pot still whisky tradition alive).

Powers whisky

There are currently three brands in the Powers whisky range:

Powers Gold Label – the flagship brand and best selling Irish whiskey in Ireland. For us it as good if not better than Jamesons and is excellent straight (with a dash of water), with a mixer, or as an ingredient in a cocktail.

Powers 12 Year Old Special Reserve – traditional Powers whisky matured longer and with an age statement. It is creamy, smooth and full flavoured and in our view should be poured without dilution of any kind.

Powers John’s Lane – made in a style to honour the whiskies produced by Powers in the 18th and 19th centuries. While it is steeped in history, our view is it is also exceptional and a great example of traditional Irish whiskey.

A final word on the range – we like the fact that Powers keeps it simple with just three offerings. The different variations of some other distilleries, some of which are only slight, can often be confusing. American whisky brands can be particularly guilty of this.

You can find links to all the individual Powers whisky pages on our Powers page here.

Jameson shop and product page updated

Jameson shopWe have spent a bit of time this week refining the main Jameson pages in our shop. We have tried to create more detailed and honest descriptions of each of the main Jameson products. We like all the whisky in the Jameson range, but we have tried to avoid sales speak. And it is clear our preferences in the range.

Jameson is the best selling Irish whiskey in the world. It is a juggernaut of a brand that is sold worldwide and on every continent (except the icy ones, but I am sure some of the explorers who visit, or the hearty scientists who live there, bring stocks of Jameson with them to fend off the cold). The whole range has similarities, not least of which is the fact they are all blended Irish whiskies. For that reason we have tried to make the description as detailed as possible. We do not find lists of foods under tasting notes to be enough of a description to make a decision on which whisky to buy next, so we have tried to give more than that on our Jameson pages.

We would love you to get involved and leave your opinions or thoughts on whatever Jameson whiskey you are currently drinking. The rules are simple: keep it clean, do not insult anyone individually, and be honest. To leave a comment or review, follow the links on the individual product pages.

Jameson whiskies we have focused on

Jameson Irish Whiskey – the world’s favourite Irish whiskey and the flagship brand of the distillery. Our view is that it works great as a mixer and does what it is designed to do exceptionally well.

Jameson Select Reserve – the distillery’s quality offering with some unique elements to its making. Our view is to add a dash of water to bring it alive.

Jameson 12 Year Old Special Reserve – the first in the range with an age statement. Our view is it is the best value for your money Jameson whiskey in the range.

Jameson Gold Reserve – the highly rated premium Irish whiskey from the distillery. Our view is this is an excellent selection for special occasions or as a gift.

Jameson 18 Year Old Limited Reserve – the mature one. Our view is it is reassuringly expensive.

Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve – an Irish whiskey blending masterpiece. Our view is that it is not for everyone, but it is magnificent.

You can find links to all the individual Jameson whiskey pages on our Jameson page here.

Bushmills Irish Honey Released

Flavoured whiskies have been getting more and more popular, particularly in the USA. Jim Beam produces Red Stag, a bourbon whiskey that is infused with cherries. It also makes Jim Beam Honey which, as the name suggests, is a bourbon whiskey with added honey. Jack Daniel’s also make a hugely successful Honey version. Both Jack Daniel’s and Jim Beam’s Honey whiskies are incredibly popular in the increasingly dominant cocktail market. Now an Irish whisky manufacturer is now getting into the flavoured whisky market in a big way. Bushmills is releasing Bushmills Irish Honey on 4 April.

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Welcome to Irish Whisky

Irish WhiskyWelcome to Irish Whisky, a website aimed at UK lovers of whisky (or whiskey) from Ireland.

This is the first posting so obviously we are very new. However, we have big plans and ambitions. Our aim is that, over time, we will become the most popular Irish whisky resource on the internet.

There are loads of whisky websites - we know that. And we know the question that everyone asks in these types of situations – does the world need another one? We think so, and not only that, we think we can provide better information and tools than those currently out there. Another thing to consider is that the world of whisky is incredibly diverse. There is a huge difference between a Scotch and an Irish whisky. Broad, over-arching resources that deal with the entire industry will never be able to go into the level of detail that we hope to here.

Over the coming weeks and months we plan to publish detailed descriptions of all Irish whisky brands available in the UK. This will include descriptions of the distilleries, interviews with people involved in production, articles on the histories of brands, tasting notes, reviews and ratings. Once we get established we hope to add video reviews also.

So please check back often, or follow us on Twitter for updates. And of course, get in touch and join in the conversation. We have been writing about whisky on the internet for years, but the best reviews and comments are always made by those who simply love whisky and have something interesting to say.

Finally, a quick word on how this site is funded. It is absolutely free to use. There may on occasion be advertisements on our pages, but we will endeavor to make sure these are as discreet as possible. Additionally, there may be links to buy whisky on product description and review pages. These links will direct you to one of our partner sites and if you go on to make a purchase, we receive a small commission. However, please be assured that you will pay no more by clicking on one of these links. In all ways, our site is absolutely free to use.

To get started, why not visit our in-brief guide to Irish Whisky. This article features all the brands and distilleries currently producing in Ireland and highlights the best-selling products. We will have more articles like this soon.

Thanks again for dropping by and we hope to see you around here often. Sláinte.