Hey, ballp.it, recommend me an Irish whiskey that's a good deal and drinks smooth. For reference, I'm already a bourbon drinker, so that may inform your suggestions.
Neal, March 16, 2019, 04:37:46 pm
Well, there's still one question here, which is "for what purpose?" If you're specifically looking for a whiskey to enjoy by itself, like in a glass with maybe an ice cube, then you probably want Tullamore Dew. 12Y if you can afford it, but the regular Tully is still pretty nice by itself.
If you're looking for something mixed (probably with ginger beer/ginger ale), then you either want Jameson or Bushmills. Personally, I am very much on the Jameson side of this debate because it's fun to pretend I'm Catholic every once in a while, but also while Bushmills would describe itself as "more complex", which is probably true, it's also sweeter, which I don't love. Regular Jameson is reliable and versitile, Jameson Black Barrel is regular Jameson that's been set on fire twice and I think it's excellent.
Most of the others I don't really have experience with other than 2 Gingers. Hey, here's a story
: Once upon a time, there was this Irish bar in St. Paul Minnesota where all they served all day is Jameson & Ginger. Everything past this fact is mostly marketing bullshit, point is 2 Gingers is owned by Jim Beam and is perfectly fine when mixed with ginger ale. That's the only thing it's made for and it's fine. Perfectly fine, nothing wrong with it.