Blended Irish whiskey is by far and wide the most popular style of Irish whiskey and is one of the country’s most popular exports. Irish blends are known throughout the world for their easy drinking qualities, with the most popular and famous varieties being Jamesons and Bushmills. The creation of this whiskey is almost exactly the same as Blended Scotch, with malt and grain whiskey married together in a harmonious union. The only difference between the two is the fact that blended whiskey from Ireland can also be a combination of single pot still and either single malt or grain whiskey; in actual fact, all three varieties are permitted to be mixed together during the blending process.
Bushmills is the only distillery to release all of their blended whiskey under their own label including Black Bush, Bushmills Original Whiskey and Bushmills Irish Honey. Interestingly, Bushmills only produce single malt at their distillery and acquire grain whisky from the Midleton distillery. Midleton is the largest distillery in Ireland and produces nearly 20 million litres of spirit every year; it is also home to Jamesons, the most popular blended Irish whiskey in the world. Middleton also produces the much sought after Midleton Very Rare, Powers John Lane and Paddy, Ireland’s third best selling whiskey. The highly acclaimed Kilbeggan blend is made by Cooley, the only independent distillery in Ireland.
Feckin Irish whiskey is a well balanced whiskey with a nose of sweet soft oak and hints of caramel. The taste is smooth and sweet with honey and oak notes.
Roe and Co is the new Irish Blended whiskey from Diageo. Matured in bourbon wood it is a blend of malt and grain whiskies from various distilleries in Ireland. Velvety smooth with pronounced vanilla and sweet fruits with a lingering creaminess on the finish.