By Matt Goldstein
1. Powers Irish Whiskey Gold Label
Established in 1791 in Dublin, Powers is now the most popular whiskey in Ireland. Powers is also the most popular whiskey in Philadelphia’s infamous Chestnut Hill Bocce Club, home to many Irish hoodlums and 1 lonely Jew, me.
2. Jameson Irish Whiskey, Triple Distilled
Established in 1780 in Dublin, Jameson now sells 30 million bottles annually and is by far the best selling Irish Whiskey in the world.
3. Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey, Old Number 7 Brand
This Lynchburg Tennessee native is made with a signature Charcoal Mellow and aged in hand crafted barrels. Established in 1875, Jack Daniels has a net income of $121 million.
4. Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, Triple Distilled
Founded in Tullamore, Offaly County in the heart of Ireland in 1822, this “legendary” Irish Whiskey is famous for it’s copper pot still blend. Tullamore Dew is the 2nd best selling Irish Whiskey in the world and is also growing the fastest.
5. Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey
Created in 1939, the Segrams president decided to make a special whiskey blend for the arrival of King George IV and Queen Elizabeth, hence the royal blue, velvet bag. Crown Royal always performs well in international competitions and is the best selling Canadian whiskey in the United States.
6. Bushmills Irish Whiskey, triple distilled
7. Makers Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
8. Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Sour Mash
9. Old Grand Dad Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
10. Wild Turkey Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Random Whiskey Shots:
I bet you are asking yourself how I came up with such an iron clad, scientifically factual top 10 list that cannot be changed, ever! Well, It was years of practice my friend. I bet you are also asking yourself how you can join the prestigious members only Bocce Club. Well, I doubt you can afford the very pricey $40 a year membership fee that comes with about 80 shots of free Powers annually. The Bocce Club is an elite force of Irish hoodlums and former Italian Mafioso, and I’m the only Jew allowed in, although I have been kicked out and I think suspended or something, but that’s all in the past. You are probably also annoyed that I stopped those amazing little synopsis paragraphs after Crown Royal. The truth is that I have to go to the gym before my wife starts yelling at me to clean the house, which will never happen by the way. I have to burn off those three shots of Powers from yesterdays Bocce outing that were somewhere between the 12 beers tailgating at a Phillies game in 100 degree weather. Ugh! Never again. But the whiskeys listed 6-10 are certainly deserving in their own right. Jim Beam actually produces Baker’s, Basil Hayden’s, Booker’s and Knobb Creek. So if you thought Jim Beam was cheap, middle shelf, think again. Jim Beam is probably the finest Bourbon Whiskey distiller in the world! Also, this list is about doing shots, not sipping, so stop being a whiney little girl.