Drinks by the Dram Irish Whisky Advent Calendar Top 10

Well, here we are once again – the end of the annual ModernThirst advent calendar review.  Many people, including myself, have been tweeting, Instagramming, and posting via other means, about their various advent calendar experiences this year.  In 2017, I worked through a Drinks by the Dram Premium Whisky Advent Calendar and then last year in 2018 it was a Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar – again by Drinks by the Dram (click on the calendar titles to check out those collective reviews).  So, to wrap up the 24 whiskies from the Irish Whisky Advent Calendar this year I thought I’d create a culminating write-up on my Top 10.  This experience introduced me to many Irish whiskies I have not tasted before. As I scored the daily one-ounce samples on a letter grade scale, I also kept a running list of my favorites and that is what I’m going to share with your now.  Each of these top 10 whiskies scored a “B” or higher in the daily reviews.  I gave 4 of the 24 whiskies an “A” range rating, 12 of 24 a “B” range rating, and 8 of the 24 a “C” range rating.  You can read more details about each whiskey listed below by clicking on the name of the whiskey.

Before getting to the Top 10 list – here are the 24 whiskies tasted in alphabetical order:

Connemara Peated Single Malt Whiskey, The Dubliner 10 Year Single Malt, Glendalough 7 Year Old Porter Barrel Finish, Glendalough 13 Year Mizunara Cask, Glengarriff Peated Char, Hyde 6 Year Old No. 3 Aras Cask, Hyde No. 6 President’s Reserve, The Irishman Single Malt, Kinahan’s 10 Year Single Malt, Paddy Irish Whiskey, Peaky Blinder Irish Whiskey, The Pogues Irish Whiskey, Roe & Co Blended Irish, The Silkie Blended Irish Whiskey, Teeling Whiskey Brabazon Bottling Series 2, Teeling Whiskey Single Malt, Teeling Whiskey Small Batch, Teeling Whiskey 24 Year Old Vintage Reserve, That Boutique-y Whisky Company 8 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Batch #2, That Boutique-y Whisky Company 13 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Batch #3, Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Special Reserve, Tullamore D.E.W. 18 Year Old, Writers Tears Copper Pot, and Writers Tears Cask Strength (2017 Release).

Now to the best of this grouping.

Top 10 from the Irish Whisky Advent Calendar are as follows:

  1. Tullamore D.E.W. 18 Year Old (ranked #4 in the 2017 Premium Whiskey Calendar)
  2. Hyde No. 6 President’s Reserve (have ordered a bottle to add to the collection)
  3. Glendalough 13 Year Old Mizunara Cask (looking forward to opening my bottle)
  4. Teeling Whiskey 24 Year Old Vintage Reserve (wonderful dram, but costly)
  5. Writers Tears Copper Pot (solid dram, have a bottle I’ve been waiting to open)
  6. That Boutique-y Whisky Company 8 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Batch #2 (would love to find a bottle of this one)
  7. Teeling Whiskey Brabazon Bottling Series 2 (ordered a bottle to add to my collection)
  8. Teeling Whiskey Single Malt (three of the four Teelings made the top 10, not bad)
  9. The Irishman Single Malt (an available solid dram)
  10. Writers Tears Cask Strength 2017 Release (ordered a bottle to compare head-to-head with the standard release – both Writers Tears made the Top 10)

As we approach the end of 2019, I want to take a moment to thank all of you that have followed along with us on ModernThirst.com, as we have continued our whisk(e)y journey this year.  Hopefully, you have enjoyed our thoughts on different whiskies – and will consider sharing about our site with a friend.  I look forward to what 2020 holds.  To new whiskies, and sharing them with friends – cheers, and Happy New Year.

 

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Senior Staff Writer, Wes, was born and raised in Darlington, South Carolina and attended college at the United States Air Force Academy. After flying helicopters for the Air Force and teaching at the Air Force Academy, he retired in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado, after twenty years of military service. He now works in public school education, is married with three children, and leads the monthly Proper Pour Whisk(e)y Club. You can follow him on Twitter @WesModernThirst and e-mail him at Wes@ModernThirst.com.

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