5 of our favourite whiskeys

What could you look for in a stylish engraved hip flask? Well how about a fine whiskey for a start?

Here’s a round-up of five top whiskeys you might consider:

Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix. A triple-distilled blend of all three types of Irish whiskey; golden grain, malt and pure pot still whiskey. Its smell – its nose – is warm and spicy initially, then rich, toffee, vanilla notes become evident. The whiskey’s leafy, malty notes are enriched with deeper, toasted oak aroma and a hint of sherry nuttiness. Addition of a little water releases layers of caramel sweetness, delicate floral notes and oak tannins. The finish is long-lasting with a lingering warmth.

Teeling Small Batch. A blended Irish whiskey given further maturation in ex-rum barrels which impart extra character and smooth flavour. It has an inviting nose where vanilla and spice dances with bright sweet notes of rum. The taste is a sweet, slightly woody marriage that sparkles on the tongue. A sweet spice finish is complimented by woody undertones.

The Pogues Irish Whiskey is a unique blend of 50% 10-year single malt Irish whiskey aged in sherry oak casks and seven year old single malt Irish whiskey aged in bourbon oak casks and 50% four year Irish grain whiskey aged in bourbon oak casks.

If you want something special to fill your engraved hip flask, this is a whiskey with an aroma of malts and cracked nuts, a sweet taste and a smooth, intense flavour.

The Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey. This one’s pricey but absolutely worth it. Aged for 16 years in bourbon barrels, it’s close to a single malt scotch in terms of flavour – hints of fruit, vanilla, and oak. The nose evokes citrus, then the palate reveals a light taste with green fruits. The finale is subtly sweet with notes of oak and a smooth lingering finish.

West Cork Irish Whiskey 12YO Limited Release Single Malts. A limited release of 12-year-old single malt Irish whiskey aged in first fill Bourbon casks for 12 years and finished in rum, sherry (Pedro Ximinez) or port (Douro Superior) casks. The sherry cask whiskey is mahogany brown in colour and has an aroma of malt, dried fruit and almonds. The taste is malty, floral, of dried fruit berries and has a lingering sweetness.

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