The Irish Cheat Sheet: The Professor’s Guide to the Best Cocktail and Spirits Links

Not surprisingly, there was a ton of coverage of Irish whiskeys and the like since our last links round-up. I decided to gather the best ones into this special post. Hopefully, reading it will help get you over that hangover.

  • In the Philadelphia Daily News, the wise and knowledgable Jason Wilson writes about Irish whiskey. (He also manages to mock flavored vodka in the same piece.)
  • A companion to the piece above, Jason recommends several whiskeys under $50.
  • In the Irish Times, Ronan McGreevy gives an excellent history and overview of Irish whiskey.
  • In the National Post (Canada), Margaret Swaine gives Irish whiskey a similar treatment, with a nice look at the spirit, including recommendations.
  • The Guardian (UK) does its part, with a piece by Fiona Beckett. Like so many folks, she especially likes the Redbreast 12-Year-Old.
  • In the New York Times, Patrick Farrell writes about Irish Coffee. With a name like that, he ought to know, right?
  • In the Wall Street Journal, Elva Ramirez shows you how to make the Hibernian Flip, a cocktail with Bushmills Irish Whiskey, Bailey's and Guinness.
  • Also in the Wall Street Journal, Kevin Sintumuang recommends softening the bite of Jameson's by infusing it with bananas. (Huh?)
  • In the Columbus Dispatch, Jesses Tigges recommends four top Irish whiskeys.
  • BlackBook magazine rounds up a nice selection of fine Irish whiskeys, with tasting notes and recommendations.
  • The Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes about a new "Irish" whiskey, 2 Gingers, that's made in the Twin Cities. (I put "Irish" in quotes because true Irish whiskey has to be made in either Ireland or Northern Ireland.) Regardless, I'd still try the man's whiskey.
  • The San Diego Reader does a taste test of Irish whiskeys. They don't really reach a consensus (I think they were all too drunk), but they seemed most fond of John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey.
  • In the Washington Times Communities, Sherrie Perkovich writes about the intersection of California winemaking and Irish whiskey: Concannon Irish Whiskey, a whiskey that is aged in old wine barrels from California.

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