Irish Whiskey and Tequila to Drink Now

Both Irish Whiskey and Tequila are Popular for a Reason

 

Irish whiskey and tequila are two absolutely classic spirits made for generations upon generations using time-honored methods. From crisp and light to bold and complex, there’s an Irish whiskey to suit every palate. Meanwhile, tequila is not simply for Margaritas and shots—quality tequila is incredibly smooth, delicious, and distinctive. So where to start with these two sipping spirits? We asked for recommendations from spirits buyer Nima Ansari-Bahmani.

Teeling Single Cask Irish Whiskey

A new generation of whiskey loving folk have been getting acquainted with the Teeling clan who have turned their love for the “water of life” into a family business. We didn’t have to think twice when we were offered our own single cask of some of their old Cooley stocks bottled at full proof.  This is what the past, present, and future tastes like.

The Quiet Man 8yr Single Malt Whiskey

Bottles like this one remind us why Irish whiskey was—from the outset—the world’s preferred style of whiskey. At once, effortlessly charming, complex, refined, and nuanced—Oscar Wilde would be proud.

Powers John’s Lane Release Irish Whiskey

A classic example of the glories of single pot still whiskey—just another one of Ireland’s great contributions to the category.  Pushing beyond the pale of contemporary trends, this isn’t your average run-of-the-mill whiskey and that is a very good thing.  

Pierde Almas Maguey de Lumbre Mezcal

No small part of the draw of mezcal is the use of many different species of agave used for different batches. This is without question the greatest version of the elusive Lumbre we have ever had, so much so that we had the legendary Sanchez brothers of San Baltazar Chichicapam make the entire batch for us.  

Azteca Azul Blanco Tequila

The Camarena name is synonymous with quality in the tequila world and as one of the most respected distilling families in Mexico the tequilas they bottle are always a sure bet. This is perhaps the best bang-for-the-buck in the category at the moment. A new benchmark.

Siembra Valles Ancestral Tequila

Is tequila mezcal? Is mezcal tequila?  This eye-opening bottle throws the doors of history wide open and reveals a whole new world of possibilities for these beverages with ancient roots.