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#1 Post by Dave McCloskey »

Currently I'm drinking Midleton Very Rare Barry Crockett Legacy and Green Spot. The Barry Crockett Legacy is the finest Irish I've ever had, with a finish that lasts forever. Unreal.

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Middleton for special occasions and Powers John’s Lane for general drinking
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Have been a big fan of Bushmills 10 and redbreast 15 recently.
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#4 Post by Jim Brennan »

Ones I have and enjoy:

Redbreast 12 and Lustau finish
Tyrconnell 10 Madiera finish
Powers Gold Label and John's Lane
Glendalough 7 year single malt
Green Spot

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#5 Post by K John Joseph »

Redbreast 15 which I like for its punch of snappy green apple with the rest of its lovely rich flavors and silky smoothness.

Yellow Spot which I like for its malty toffee richness. Pretty different in style, but I like both quite a bit.
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#6 Post by Scott G r u n e r »

wait, no one is drinking proper12?
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#7 Post by Glenn L e v i n e »

Scott G r u n e r wrote: January 25th, 2021, 8:04 am wait, no one is drinking proper12?
I came here too, just for this.
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#8 Post by Brent C l a y t o n »

Midelton is certainly the cream of the crop.

I really like the Redbreast stuff and I am also a fan of Bushmills.

I find the West Cork line to have pretty good value.

There is a slew of new stuff coming out but if it's a brand from an actual distillery it is probably relatively young. I definitely suggest doing some research before jumping in to something you don't know, especially if it's a little older and more expensive.
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#9 Post by Craig G »

Glenn L e v i n e wrote: January 25th, 2021, 9:05 am
Scott G r u n e r wrote: January 25th, 2021, 8:04 am wait, no one is drinking proper12?
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Have you tried any of the Waterford products? Curious on how they are but hesitant to try based on the price.
Brent C l a y t o n wrote: January 25th, 2021, 10:49 am Midelton is certainly the cream of the crop.

I really like the Redbreast stuff and I am also a fan of Bushmills.

I find the West Cork line to have pretty good value.

There is a slew of new stuff coming out but if it's a brand from an actual distillery it is probably relatively young. I definitely suggest doing some research before jumping in to something you don't know, especially if it's a little older and more expensive.
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I have not had anything from Waterford but the whiskey freaks I know are gushing over them.
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#12 Post by Jim Brennan »

Brent C l a y t o n wrote: January 25th, 2021, 7:30 pm I have not had anything from Waterford but the whiskey freaks I know are gushing over them.
I heard it's kind of blah.

Anyone... anyone?

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#13 Post by JulianD »

Yellow Spot tonight - my favorite of the lineup (have not yet tried to new cask strength Blue Spot)
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This is smooth!

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#15 Post by Dan Hammer »

I have Powers Gold in the house. My wife brought home a 375 from a trip to Ireland. It's ok. I prefer RedBreast 12, but this bottle has just a few shots left.

I'm open to replacement suggestions?
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#16 Post by Rajesh P a r i k h »

Opening up my bottle of Blue Spot tonight to celebrate at home.

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#17 Post by Mike Maguire »

Redbreast 12yr. cask strength.

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#18 Post by Doug Schulman »

I just finished a bottle of Yellow Spot. Love it. There's so much citrusy goodness alongside savory, aged notes. I will definitely replace that one at some point.

I was fortunate to try Teeling 28 once. That's by far the best I've had (including Midleton), but I don't think it makes it to the US, and it's out of my price range.

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#19 Post by Adam Noble »

Had Redbreast 12 for the first time on SPD and was impressed. Also enjoyed Yellow Spot in the past.

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#20 Post by Kris Patten »

Been flirting with a bunch of new Irish whiskey releases....to see what my preferences are

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#21 Post by Dave McCloskey »

Jim Brennan wrote: January 24th, 2021, 2:42 pm Ones I have and enjoy:

Redbreast 12 and Lustau finish
Tyrconnell 10 Madiera finish
Powers Gold Label and John's Lane
Glendalough 7 year single malt
Green Spot
That Redbreast Lustau finish is very nice indeed. You should give Yellow Spot a try as well.

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#22 Post by Dave McCloskey »

Scott G r u n e r wrote: January 25th, 2021, 8:04 am wait, no one is drinking proper12?
Proper 12 is straight-up garbage. It may get better over time as they make adjustments and increase age, but what I had was damn near undrinkable.

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#23 Post by Glenn L e v i n e »

Dave McCloskey wrote: April 9th, 2021, 10:43 am
Scott G r u n e r wrote: January 25th, 2021, 8:04 am wait, no one is drinking proper12?
Proper 12 is straight-up garbage. It may get better over time as they make adjustments and increase age, but what I had was damn near undrinkable.
Whoa, really?
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#24 Post by Dave McCloskey »

Glenn L e v i n e wrote: April 9th, 2021, 10:52 am
Dave McCloskey wrote: April 9th, 2021, 10:43 am
Scott G r u n e r wrote: January 25th, 2021, 8:04 am wait, no one is drinking proper12?
Proper 12 is straight-up garbage. It may get better over time as they make adjustments and increase age, but what I had was damn near undrinkable.
Whoa, really?
Yep. I thought it taste like watered down gasoline and to add complexity they offered up some lighter fluid notes.

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#25 Post by Glenn L e v i n e »

Yikes.
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#26 Post by Scott G r u n e r »

Glenn L e v i n e wrote: April 9th, 2021, 12:02 pm Yikes.
I am shocked it is THAT bad- but not shocked it isn't good. I figured with the resurgence of Irish distilling there must be enough bulk whisky on the market to produce a generic, if uninspired, Ray Walker type effort. But there are now so many labels, that maybe the good stuff is hard to get.
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Doug Schulman wrote: March 19th, 2021, 6:05 am I was fortunate to try Teeling 28 once. That's by far the best I've had (including Midleton), but I don't think it makes it to the US, and it's out of my price range.
Jealous. And agree out of my price range.

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#28 Post by Glenn L e v i n e »

Is Teeling 18 y/o Renaissance comparable?
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#29 Post by Doug Schulman »

Glenn L e v i n e wrote: April 13th, 2021, 5:19 am Is Teeling 18 y/o Renaissance comparable?
I haven't had that one.

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#30 Post by Steve Saxon »

I found Green Spot at a Costco in Scottsdale, Az this week for $40 a bottle, had to buy a 6 pack.
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#31 Post by JulianD »

Steve Saxon wrote: April 14th, 2021, 9:13 am I found Green Spot at a Costco in Scottsdale, Az this week for $40 a bottle, had to buy a 6 pack.
Sometimes the SoCal costcos do a 'buy 1 get 1 $10 off the second' for Green and Yellow Spot.
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#32 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum »

Coincidentally, I just received today 2 bottles of Adelphi Irish that we purchased at a UK auction in 2019. Have been waiting for tariffs to go away before shipping...and it arrived today!

SLANEY MALT 1991 9 YEAR OLD ADELPHI LIMERICK 59.80% 70CL This Adelphi Limerick “Slaney” is an Irish single malt laid down in 1991 and bottled in 2000. Bottled at a cask strength of 59.80% ABV and one of only 222.

- SHANNON GRAIN 1991 9 YEAR OLD ADELPHI LIMERICK 67.30% 70CL A single cask of grain whiskey that was distilled at Cooley Distillery and bottled by Adelphi under their Limerick Distillery trade mark. Aged for 9 years and bottled at 67.30%.

The second one was inspired by a visit Jonathan did around 2000 to Edinburgh, and met with Jamie Walker, grandson of Archibald Walker, the founder of Adelphia. One bottle he talked up that visit was this bottle, which he didn't have to sell, but which they found in a pub nearby. Half empty, they bought the remainder by making an "offer they couldn't refuse" and drank up among the three of them.
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#33 Post by Brian Lynch »

Had a Redbreast 15 on a recent trip - highly recommended!
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#34 Post by Dave McCloskey »

Steve Saxon wrote: April 14th, 2021, 9:13 am I found Green Spot at a Costco in Scottsdale, Az this week for $40 a bottle, had to buy a 6 pack.
That's a terrific price! Well done.

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#35 Post by Ed Steinway »

Scott G r u n e r wrote:
wait, no one is drinking proper12?
I have never had it, but somebody must be drinking it, given this.

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#36 Post by Jim Brennan »

Ed Steinway wrote: April 28th, 2021, 6:13 am
Scott G r u n e r wrote:
wait, no one is drinking proper12?
I have never had it, but somebody must be drinking it, given this.

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#37 Post by Tim Fleming »

Red Spot 15 years. Was lucky to have scored it.

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#38 Post by Sean Devaney »

Jim Brennan wrote: April 28th, 2021, 6:26 am
Ed Steinway wrote: April 28th, 2021, 6:13 am
Scott G r u n e r wrote:
wait, no one is drinking proper12?
I have never had it, but somebody must be drinking it, given this.

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#39 Post by Jim Brennan »

Yes... If I want inexpensive Irish, I head right for Power's.

Inexpensive meaning less than $40. :-)

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#40 Post by Dave McCloskey »

Jim Brennan wrote: April 28th, 2021, 2:52 pm Yes... If I want inexpensive Irish, I head right for Power's.

Inexpensive meaning less than $40. :-)
That's all my Dad drinks is Powers.

I did a blind tasting with my Dad and son a few months ago. Lined-up I had the Midleton Very Rare Barry Crockett, Powers, Green Spot and Red Breast 12. We guessed each offering correctly and then ranked them. I chose the Midleton, my Dad preferred the Green Spot and my son liked the Red Breast.

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#41 Post by Benny P »

I've recently started getting into Irish Whiskey and particularly taken a liking to the Redbreast product lineup, the various "Spots," and Glendalough bottlings. I haven't had the chance to make the leap to the Midleton. But curious if anyone can comment on differences between the Barry Crockett Legacy vs the Very Rare annual releases? Is there a preferred bottling between the two or discernible differences?
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#42 Post by Kris Patten »

Limavady will be released in a few select markets shortly.....it was a defunct distillery that closed in 1915 and always Darryl Mcnally's dream to revitalize it. From the pre-release sample I tried it is one of the best on the market....being single malt and single barrel. Has a richness and a texture to it more akin to Single Malt Scotch than typical Irish whiskies.
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#43 Post by Kris Patten »

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#44 Post by Robert Pollard-Smith »

Jim Brennan wrote: January 25th, 2021, 8:11 pm
Brent C l a y t o n wrote: January 25th, 2021, 7:30 pm I have not had anything from Waterford but the whiskey freaks I know are gushing over them.
I heard it's kind of blah.

Anyone... anyone?
I am as far from an Irish aficianado as the Monty Python parrot, but after checking the Whiskyfun.com review of the Waterford Gaia, I popped for a bottle. Initial hit out a Glencairn glass is kinda cloying in a way, but it very quickly turns something very generous in aroma, texture and flavor.
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#45 Post by Jim Brennan »

Robert Pollard-Smith wrote: September 10th, 2021, 7:48 pm
Jim Brennan wrote: January 25th, 2021, 8:11 pm
Brent C l a y t o n wrote: January 25th, 2021, 7:30 pm I have not had anything from Waterford but the whiskey freaks I know are gushing over them.
I heard it's kind of blah.

Anyone... anyone?
I am as far from an Irish aficianado as the Monty Python parrot, but after checking the Whiskyfun.com review of the Waterford Gaia, I popped for a bottle. Initial hit out a Glencairn glass is kinda cloying in a way, but it very quickly turns something very generous in aroma, texture and flavor.
Thanks Robert! How much $ did that run you?

As a side note, I was making an inside joke ("blah" is also a term for a crusty roll that is kind of specific to Waterford, and that evolved into a euphemism for a person from Waterford). 🙂

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#46 Post by Robert Pollard-Smith »

Binny’s has it on sale for $89.99 at present.
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#47 Post by Michael_D »

Anyone try the Redbreast 27Y? I sure like the 12 and 15, but at $500 a bottle..... Not sure how lucky I feel.
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#48 Post by Glenn L e v i n e »

I’ve had the 21 at $40/2oz in a Denver bar. Really smooth but still very tasty. Not sure it’s way better than the 15 y/o Redbreast though.
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#49 Post by M.Kaplan »

In my opinion, Redbreast 21 and 27 are overaged, showing mostly oak and little of the snap and tension that I seek in Irish potstill whiskey.

I generally tend to prefer Irish Whiskey young; perhaps my all time favorite was Green Spot when it was distilled for and available only at Mitchell & Son ‘grocers’ in Dublin. No age statement, but generally accepted to have been 7 years old. If you ever come across an old Green Spot, screwcapped, buff label with green and gold script, bottled at 40%, buy it!
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#50 Post by Brian Lynch »

Jim Brennan wrote: April 28th, 2021, 2:52 pm Yes... If I want inexpensive Irish, I head right for Power's.

Inexpensive meaning less than $40. :-)
And their John's Lane, around US$65-70, is a great bargain IMO.
Howlin Wolf

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