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Irish Coffee Day: Top 5 Whiskies for an Irish Coffee Recipe

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This hot Irish Coffee cocktail requires a good whisky. We recommend five whiskies to make your best recipe.


Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey

It is a whisky that adapts very well to Irish coffee, since in its aromatic profile we find a creamy, spicy and rich flavour. Its notes range from saltiness to citrus, something that elevates the taste and aroma of coffee and also combines very well with the cream of the cocktail.


Tullamora D.E.W XO Caribbean Rum Cask

Although we know Tullamore as a classic brand, it stands out with the XO Caribbean Rum Cask thanks to its aging in rum barrels. It is a whisky with a sweet, rum-roasted flavour.


Mad March Hare Premium Irish Poitín

If you’re not familiar with the poitin, it’s the Irish version of the moonshine. It’s a white barley-based spirit distilled in copper stills. Some people prefer to use poitin for their Irish coffee. For example, in bar 1661, they prepare a variation of the Irish coffee recipe with Mad March Hare Premium Irish Poitín. This recipe is the Belfast Coffee. A cold version prepared with local coffee, sugar and poitín, with Irish cream and grated nutmeg.


Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey

In New York, the famous bar The Dead Rabbit, prepares an Irish coffee with Bushmills Irish whiskey. In fact, Irish coffee is The Dead Rabbit’s flagship drink. For Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, co-founders of the bar, Bushmills has the highest bean content in the blend, making Irish coffee lighter. For Muldoon, Irish coffee should be neither heavy nor cloying.


Proper No. Twelve

The little surprise in our count comes with the whisky of MMA pro wrestler, Conor McGregor. The Irishman created a whisky brand that has been very successful since its launch in 2018. It’s a well-balanced whisky in terms of flavours and has a subtle texture. This reinforces the richness of an Irish whisky. In addition, Proper No. Twelve has a small percentage of malt instead of being 100% grain. It has notes of vanilla, toasted wood, and honey. A good choice for an Irish coffee.


Irish Coffee Recipe


120ml of coffee, preferably strong and rich, freshly brewed and hot

45ml Irish whiskey

2 teaspoons of brown sugar

30ml of cream


Add the sugar in a dedicated Irish coffee cup. Then add the coffee and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the Irish whiskey and stir again. Finally, add the cream so that it floats. This is done by pouring the cream over an upside-down spoon on the glass. There, do not mix the preparation and let the cream mix itself and float with the coffee.


Don’t drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly.

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