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There are a lot of great ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. From downing corned beef and shepherd's pie to wearing green, you really can't go wrong. But you really can go RIGHT with ONE thing: drinking Irish whiskey. You might be wondering, what the heck makes a whiskey Irish? Well, a whiskey must spend a minimum of three years maturing in Ireland to be considered an Irish whiskey. And we think the Irish know what they are doing, as the first known record of Irish whiskey comes from the early 1400s. And of the more than 30 distilleries making the good stuff, they are made in four different ways—blended, single grain, single malt, and single pot still.
Blended: a combination of a few different whiskeys, typically a combo of barrel-aged malt and grain whiskeys.
Single malt: the whiskey inside the bottle comes from a single distillery.
Single grain: the whiskey is distilled from a grain or multiple grains from one distillery.
Single pot still: the whiskey comes from one distillery and is made in a pot still with mashed malt and unmalted barley.
I'm sure you've also noticed the "whiskey vs whisky" spelling difference. To set the record straight, it's generally spelled whiskey with an 'e' in the U.S. and Ireland, and whisky, no 'e', in Scotland, Japan, and Canada. You can read more about what makes Irish whiskey different from other varieties.
So now that you have a little whiskey knowledge, here are the best Irish whiskeys to buy.
Kristin Salaky is the news editor at Delish.com covering viral foods, product launches, and food trends. Before joining Delish, she worked as an editor at insider.com and as the front page editor for talkingpointsmemo.com. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Ohio University in 2015.
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