The Dead Rabbit is a famous cocktail bar in New York and I was lucky enough to go there with my coworkers. We booked a table upstairs which means a bit more space – and this place gets busy so that is good – and then started to drink.
I tried two of their signature drinks, of which there are many, but I have to be honest when I say I didn’t enjoy them as much as I did when I switched over to Redbreast 12. They were interesting, but they were honestly just a bit too sweet and a bit too funky for me.
I may be too old for The Dead Rabbit, or maybe just too much of a whiskey snob. After the first two mixed drinks I changed over to neat Irish Whiskey before ending the night with Red Breast 12, which you can never go wrong with.
I had fun and enjoyed the huge selection of Irish Whiskey. So why did The Dead Rabbit score a 75/100? The fact that the mixed drinks were a bit too funky for me cost them points, as well as the cost. I know this is in Manhattan but I’m a country boy and the prices seemed astronomical to me.
Please let me know if you’ve been there and what you thought of The Dead Rabbit in the comments.
Harry’s Savoy Grill is one of our favorite restaurants for special occasions. The prime rib is my usual, and I’ve never had a bad meal there. It is expensive, but sometimes you get what you pay for.
It was recently my father’s and my wife’s birthdays, so we celebrated at Harrys. The food as always was amazing, and is clearly the primary reason to go to Harry’s.
On the Whiskey front, they have a standard bar with standard quality. I started with Harry’s Manhattan, and it was well, a Manhattan. Nothing special about it. It was good, it just didn’t have any sparkle or pizazz.
If you are looking for good food and have deep pockets, you can’t beat Harry’s. If you are looking for a Whiskey Bar with lots of choices, there are better options. Harry’s is earning itself a 67/100.
After hitting up Costco I had to go to BJ’s to try their Wellsley Farms Irish Whiskey.
After hitting up Costco I had to go to BJ’s to try their Wellsley Farms Irish Whiskey.
They are incredibly similar, maybe even identical, and I am giving Wellsley Farms Irish Whiskey the same score of 65/100. There are pleasant but faint notes of butter cookies but the rough notes on the finish really cost this whiskey major points, along with the headache. I don’t get a hangover from better quality Whiskey, so I know if I wake up with a faint headache the next day that I was probably drinking a lower quality offering, which is exactly how I would describe this bulk purchase. Save it for Mixed Drinks Only or parties where quantity is more important than quality.
At just $28 there is a lot of whiskey per dollar here.
Aged 4 years.
The rough edges make it less enjoyable to sip.
This definitely gave me that Cheap Whiskey Hangover.
I actually picked up this bottle of Jameson IPA Edition the first time I went to find Jameson Orange. The Jameson Orange was already gone, so I picked up this IPA Edition as a consolation prize.
The Jameson IPA Edition is finished in IPA beer barrels for a crisp, hoppy finish that puts a nice citrus twist on the classic Jameson offering.
The nose has a very distinct citrus and hoppy scent that fades into classic Jameson at the end.
Those hoppy, citrus notes continue right on into the tasting. The front of my tongue gets all classic Jameson, but as soon as the sip reaches mid tongue I pick up citrus that turns to a very pronounced hops on the finish.
For me it is a nice change up over classic Jameson, which is my go to Irish Whiskey for budget sipping, but I’d say its not better or worse. It is just as good, just different, which means this Jameson IPA Edition is scoring an 80/100.
If you like IPAs, you will love this rendition of Jameson.
Nice twist on classic Jameson.
Great training for new drinkers as the nose isn’t too subtle. If you compare this to standard Jameson it is easy to pick out the differences, even for new drinkers.
If you are not a fan of IPAs, you might not like the citrus, hoppy finish on this sipper.
We were driving by a CostCo and decided to hit their liquor store (which you don’t need a membership to shop at) and picked up this huge bottle of Kirkland Irish Whiskey.
The nose on this Kirkland Irish Whiskey hints at butter cookies but it is really hard to appreciate through the alcohol.
The mouth feel is clean, but has lots of sharp edges that continue to a stab of alcohol on the finish.
Of course I couldn’t try this without comparing it to Jameson right?
It is really hard to see in the pictures, but the Kirkland Irish Whiskey is just a tiny bit darker than the Jameson. Picking the Jameson by nose was very easy, it all comes down to the alcohol burn. Neither has a strong nose, but the Kirkland Irish Whisky really hits in with the alcohol in comparison. Even my wife, who does not like whiskey, could pick out the Kirkland Irish Whiskey as the one that smelled “stronger” of alcohol.
The mouth feels are very similar – and even the very first note on the tip of my tongue makes me wonder if the Kirkland Irish Whiskey might be sourced from Irish Distillers Ltd, which also owns Jameson, and from what I can find on the public forums, it does appear these two are coming from the same source.
A lot of other reviews have commented on the sweet creaminess of the the Kirkland Irish Whiskey, but I didn’t really appreciate it except for maybe a little bit of sweetness.
For me, the flavor comparison is close, but even though Kirkland Irish Whiskey has an age statement – I think the Jameson is smoother and easier to sip.
Jameson scored an 80/100, and while this Kirkland Irish Whiskey is a huge value, it is not as good, and I’m scoring it a 65/100 putting it at the uppermost range of Mixed Drinks Only.
Holy carp, this was only $18 bucks.
Very economical if you are making mixed drinks.
Aged 4 years.
Very faint nose that is hard to get to because of how alcohol forward this whiskey is.
Rough edges on the finish.
Even though its twice as much volume for a few dollars less, I would still go with a bottle of regular old Jameson.
I was super excited to find a bottle of Jameson Orange. It just came out and I live in the boonies, so I had to drive across the river and hit the “big city” to find it.
I was even more excited when the cashier told me its really good. He described it as not too sweet, and subtle – which sounded awesome because I’m a Whiskey Snob and I like whiskey that tastes like whiskey.
The nose on this Jameson Orange is just amazing. All orange and cream and just so very aromatic. It is a very pleasant nose.
The initial sip is smooth, and is reminiscent of Jameson with hints of orange. The mid tongue is zest, and the finish is all orange, zest, and just a hint of Jameson butter cookies.
That first sip is tasty, but the more you drink, the more the aftertaste turns to cold medicine. It is a slow gradual degradation of flavors that ends up being a final sip of cold medicine.
Still, I drank the bottle, but if I buy another I’ll be saving it for Mixed Drinks Only. I’m giving this Jameson Orange a 55/100.
Great starter whiskey for someone who doesn’t really appreciate whiskey yet.
The nose is all orange creamcycle.
It’s only 30% ABV, so it really doesn’t have any alcohol edge.
I don’t like flavored whiskey, and this is like a candy whiskey to me.
After a few sips the orange aftertaste starts to finish like cold medicine.
It’s only 30% ABV, so it goes down easy, but also leads to a hangover. What is strange is that I don’t usually get hangovers from higher proofs so I tend to blame the flavoring for some reason. I have no idea what the real cause is.
Natterjack Irish Whiskey is a blended, triple distilled whiskey from Gortinore Distillery in Dublin Ireland. I have to be honest, even if it was bourbon, I was picking up this bottle because of the distinctive Toad label.
Even the cork has the image pressed into it. Now onto the testing.
The nose is hard to describe. Is it acid and leather I’m smelling? I’ve appreciated this note in other blends, and it is not something that I’m overly fond of.
That acid and leather came right through on the first sip. The front and mid tongue appreciate sweetness that quickly turns to leather and funk on the swallow. That cost Natterjack big points. I’m giving Natterjack a 35/100, putting it just into the Mixed Drinks Only territory.
For this price, I could buy almost two bottles of Paddies, and that is a much better sip compared to this bottle.
New Irish Whiskey offerings are few and far between.
Teeling Pot Still Irish Whiskey is 50% malted and 50% unmalted barley that has been triple distilled and matured in American Virgin Oak, Bourbon casks, and Sherry casks. It is said to be created using the Dublin method, but I can’t find a lot of detail on what that actually means.
So no let’s get to the important part – enjoying it.
This Teeling Pot Still Irish Whiskey has a nice light golden straw color.
The nose is a mix of cereal with hints of cut flowers.
The mouth feel is clean, but as soon as the whiskey gets to my mid tongue it is all jangly and rough edged. There is a touch of leather and then the finish just takes those rough edges and pushes it to full throttle.
Is it drinkable? Yes, and it scored a 67/100, making it just barely into the Sip Worthy category – but I am grading it harder than I might have otherwise because it was $70 bucks, which is a lot of money. At the $70 price point I expect smooth, butter cookies from my Irish whiskey offerings.
I’m always excited to try Irish Whiskey I haven’t had before.
Pleasant nose that hints of cereal and cut flowers.
Have you ever heard of Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey before? It was a new one on me, and whenever I see a new Irish offering I have to get it, even if the price is $65 for an unknown offering. In Irish, Drumshambo is “Droim Seanbhó”, which translates to “ridge of the old huts”.
The first thing I noticed was how light this whiskey is. It is a very soft yellow.
The nose is equally soft. I would describe it as a single note of honey and hay with just a touch of vanilla that ends with just a hint of butter cookies. It is nice, but muted.
The mouth feel is clean with just a touch of oil. The front of my tongue is all sweet honey and vanilla but it quickly turns to more acid an oak on the mid tongue and finish. That finish is what really cost this whiskey points for me. There is just a lot of acid that isn’t balanced out by anything else.
At the end of the day, Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey scored a 62/100, way under performing its price point.
Let me know if you agree in the comments.
Who doesn’t love to try new Irish Whiskey?
If you like strong cereal notes mixed with honey and vanilla you will like these flavor profiles.
Way overpriced at $65 bucks.
Too many sharp edges on the finish. Some of them are funky, and not in a good way.
For this price I expect more butter cookies in the flavor profile. Isn’t that why I drink Irish Whiskey?