5 MOST expensive Irish whiskies (2024)

Looking to treat yourself or just curious? Here are the top five most expensive Irish whiskies you can get on the island!

Ireland is a country that has a long history with alcohol. If you ask any American or non-Irish person what they know about Ireland, I am sure drinking a lot of alcohol or some sort of alcoholic beverage, like whiskey, will be one of the first things out of their mouth.

As a result, it is no surprise that Irish whiskey is now the fastest-growing spirits category Irish whiskey is being exported all over the world.

I am sure you are probably already familiar with some Irish whiskies such as Powers or Jameson, but here are five of the most expensive Irish whiskies which you might not have heard of.

Ireland Before You Die’s top facts about Irish whiskies

  • Irish whiskey is referred to as the “water of life”. This is “uisce beatha” in Irish, and the saying comes from the Latin phrase of “aqua vitae”.
  • A lot of the traditional Irish whiskies are triple distilled. This means tha these whiskies are smoother and lighter when compared to other types of whiskies, adding to their wide appeal.
  • Bushmills, located in County Antrim, is one of the oldest licensed whiskies in the world, while Jameson is now exported to over 130 countries worldwide.
  • Ireland is also famous for its “pot still” type of whiskey. This is made from a mix of both malted and unmalted barley. Ireland also produces top of the range single malt whiskeys.
  • You will often see people in Ireland say “Sláinte” when raising a glass of whiskey to make a toast and wish good health to others with them.

5. Redbreast 15 Year Old – €100

Looking something on the cheaper side? Check out redbreast 15 year old.
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Redbreast 15 Year Old is an Irish whiskey composed exclusively of pot still whiskeys that are matured in oak casks for at least 15 years.

Redbreast 15-year-old Irish whiskey is owned and manufactured by Irish Distillers who purchased the Redbreast brand back in the 1980s. The whiskey is 46% ABV and is aged in Olorosso sherry and bourbon casks.

In 2007, Redbreast 15 Year Old Irish Whiskey was named Irish whiskey of the year, and since then two other Redbreast whiskeys have also been named as Irish whiskey of the year.

Even though Redbreast 15 is one of the most expensive Irish whiskies, at €100, it is still a lot more affordable than the other whiskies on this list.

READ MORE: Check out IB4UD’s article on the top 10 best Irish whiskey brands, ranked

4. Jameson Bow Street 18 Year Old – €240

Jameson Bow Street 18 is another of the top most expensive Irish whiskies.
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Jameson Bow Street 18 Year Old Irish whiskey is a blend between a rare pot still whiskey and an Irish grain whiskey, which are both produced by the Jameson Midleton distillery in County Cork.

After 18 years of ageing, these two whiskies are combined together and finished off back in the original Jameson distillery on Bow Street in Dublin.

Bow Street 18 is Jameson’s rarest release, and it is only bottled once per year. This whiskey is bottled at cask strength and is 55.3% ABV.

Jameson 18 Year Old was awarded best Irish blended whiskey of the year in 2018 and then again in 2019.

3. Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach – €300

Another Midleton made our most expensive Irish whiskies list.
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Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach, which translates as ‘Irish Oak’, came about as a result of Midleton masters exploring the possibility of ageing an Irish whiskey in native Irish oak.

Midleton sourced the oak for their casks in a sustainable way from estates throughout Ireland. Each whiskey has its own subtleties in taste which can be traced back to the specific tree in which its cask was made from.

Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach ranges in age from around 13 years to 26 years and is bottled at cask strength generally ranging from 56.1% to 56.6% ABV.

There are currently seven different varieties of Dair Ghaelach from seven different trees in Knockrath forest. You can purchase them either individually or in the full set of seven to get the whole experience.

SEE MORE: The 10 best whiskey distillery tours in Ireland

2. Redbreast 27 Year Old – €495

Another of the most expensive Irish whiskies is Rebreast 27 year old.
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Just like its younger brother Redbreast 15 Year Old, Redbreast 27 Year Old is owned and manufactured by Irish Distillers. It is also the oldest whiskey that is regularly manufactured by Redbreast.

As well as being matured in bourbon and sherry casks, the Redbreast 27 Year Old ageing process also includes ruby port casks to add even more depth and complexity to its flavour.

Unlike the rest of the Redbreast whiskey lineup, Redbreast 27 Year Old has a slightly higher alcohol content of 54.6% ABV.

While still quite expensive and definitely one of the most costly Irish whiskies, at €450 Redbreast 27 Year Old seems almost affordable compared with the most expensive whiskey on this list.

RELATED: See where Redbreast ranks on IB4UD’s piece on the 5 best Irish whiskeys you can buy

1. Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Chapter One – €35,000

Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Chapter One is one of the most expensive Irish whiskies.
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Since its announcement earlier this year, Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Chapter One has been a very hot topic for one reason and one reason only, its price.

When most of us think of an expensive whiskey, we think of a few hundred euro, maybe even a few thousand if you are incredibly wealthy, but to most of us the idea of a bottle of alcohol costing €35,000 just seems downright bizarre.

There are only 44 bottles of this whiskey released and not only is it the most expensive Irish whiskey, but it is also the most expensive whiskey in the world.

This whiskey has been ageing in Midleton distillery in Cork since 1974 when it was first distilled. It is being released in a collection of six releases with one happening every year up until 2025.

There are only 44 being released, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

There you have it, the top five most expensive Irish whiskies money can buy! Which would you like to try?

Your questions answered about the most expensive Irish whiskies

Still have some questions after reading our article? Not to worry – we have you covered! Below, we have outlined the most frequently asked questions about the most expensive Irish whiskies.

What is the most expensive Irish whiskey in the world?

The Midleton Very Rare is sold for an incredible price of $35,000.

What is the most expensive craft Irish whiskey?

The Craft Irish Whiskey Co’s second release called ‘The Emerald Isle Collection’ sold at an auction in November 2020 for $60,000.

What is the most famous Irish Whisky?

Jameson would probably be regarded as the most famous Irish whiskey.

What is the oldest Irish whiskey?

This would be Bushmill’s Original Irish Whiskey. Bushmills is the oldest licensed whiskey in the world.

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