The Real March Madness

Experts Just Named an Irish Whiskey the World’s Best Single Malt

April 5, 2019 Drinks By
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Auburn making the Final Four wasn’t the biggest upset story in March. It was Irish whiskey beating out Scotch and Japanese whisky at their own game.

At this year’s World Whiskies Awards, Teeling 24-year Vintage swiped the title “Best Single Malt” from the trophy’s traditional keepers. This was the first time an Irish whiskey has won this award in competition history, and the winning bottle is a doozy.

The 24-year-old, 5,000-bottle release is one of the oldest Irish whiskeys money can buy (Teeling’s own 30-year is the oldest) and was aged in both ex-bourbon and ex-wine barrels. Sadly, if you find it Stateside, it can go anywhere from $500 to well over $1,000. This pricey, rare bottle taking the World Whiskies Awards crown isn’t surprising; limited-release, hard-to-find bottles took home every medal category at the March show.

The past couple weeks have been rich in whiskey news. San Francisco World Spirits Competition category and overall awardees were announced, including a controversial “Best in Show” win for Heaven Hill’s affordable Bottled-in-Bond offering and a number of high profile awards going to craft distillers. Plus, Weller and Bulleit both released new bottles in the past couple weeks.

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Will Price

Will Price is Gear Patrol's home and drinks editor. He's from Atlanta and lives in Brooklyn. He's interested in bourbon, houseplants, cheap Japanese pens, and cast-iron skillets — maybe a little too much.

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