While it's slightly underrated in America, Irish whiskey deserves a spot as the focal point of a proper St. Patrick's Day celebration. It's a wonderfully versatile spirit, adding depth to cocktails or perfect for sipping by itself. 

Want to raise a glass? Get to know a few excellent examples of the spirit of Eire, right here:

• Jameson Black Barrel is a perfect choice for those who like their whiskey rich and complex. Butterscotch, fudge and toffee intrigue the nose, while the palate is full of nuts, spice and vanilla. Toasted wood and vanilla follow on the finish.

• Bushmills Original pours from five years of aging in bourbon and sherry casks into your glass smooth and warming. This whiskey is approachable and mature with fresh fruit and vanilla notes.

• Tullamore D.E.W. combines grain whiskey, malt whiskey and pot still whiskey for a unique balance of flavors. Sweet fruit and spice notes combine in this cask-matured expression of the distiller's art.

If you've never tried Irish whiskey, you're in for a treat. These selections are currently available at Colonial Wine & Spirits.

Bartender tip: Irish whiskey isn't just for "the Wearin' o' the Green." All three of these picks make a terrific addition to any home bar.

 

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