This week, just in time for a certain mid-March holiday, I'll look at the definition and history of Irish whiskey, discuss what distinguishes it from its Scottish cousin, and talk about the major distillers and brands. Slàinte!

This week, just in time for a certain mid-March holiday, I'll look at the definition and history of Irish whiskey, discuss what distinguishes it from its Scottish cousin, and talk about the major distillers and brands. Slàinte!

If I could only have one Jameson Irish Whiskey for the rest of my life, I would have...

If I could only have one Jameson Irish Whiskey for the rest of my life, I would have...

Bushmills Black Bush ($29) View Thumbnails Bushmills Black Bush ($29) A classic blend, heavy on the malt. Like liquid angel-food cake, smooth and grainy. Delightful.

Bushmills Black Bush ($29) View Thumbnails Bushmills Black Bush ($29) A classic blend, heavy on the malt. Like liquid angel-food cake, smooth and grainy. Delightful.

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Irish Whiskey Frosting and a Bailey’s Salted Caramel Drizzle. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Irish Whiskey Frosting and a Bailey’s Salted Caramel Drizzle. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

Jameson has long made a rare and special bottling called Jameson Crested Ten, which includes a lot of pure pot still whiskey along with some sherry cask-aged stock. While the distillery calls this …

Jameson has long made a rare and special bottling called Jameson Crested Ten, which includes a lot of pure pot still whiskey along with some sherry cask-aged stock. While the distillery calls this …

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