Vision Wine and Spirits was recently appointed the sole US importer for Barr an Uisce Irish Whiskeys and we love to pass on interesting information about the brands and their products in our portfolio.

Did you know? Legally, Irish whiskey can fall into one of four categories.

Single Malt

  • Grain: 100% malted barley
  • Distilled in: a pot still
  • Made at: a single distillery
  • Flavor profile: Smooth, sweet, and malty

Single Pot Still

  • Grains: at least 30% malted and 30% unmalted barley
  • Distilled in: pot still
  • Made at: a single distillery
  • Flavor profile: Spicy and distinctively mouth-coating

Single Grain

  • Grains: whole, unmalted cereals with up to 30% malted barley
  • Distilled in: column still
  • Made at: a single distillery
  • Flavor profile: Sweet, light, with floral top notes

Blended Irish Whiskey

  • Grains: any
  • Distilled in: pot and/or column stills
  • Made at: a single distillery or multiple distilleries
  • Flavor profile: Varies, but generally smooth, mellow, and silky.

A blend is mixture of two or more styles of Irish whiskey. There are no specific names to differentiate between blends made from malt and grain, pot still and grain, malt and pot still, or even malt, pot still, and grain.