Taste test video: Cheap Irish whiskeys vs. pricier ones

Plus 5 Irish whiskey facts.
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In honor of St. Patrick's Day, GoMN decided to bring in some Irish whiskeys for a taste test.

Check out the video above to see what we thought of some different whiskeys – all of which can be found at Zipps Liquors in Minneapolis.

Now for five Irish whiskey facts:

What is Irish whiskey?

It's really as simple as it sounds. An Irish whiskey is just a whiskey that's made in Ireland. It had certain characteristics that set it apart from scotches and bourbons, too. But the main thing is where it's made.

Heard of Jameson?

There's a good chance you've heard of Jameson. It's only the world's leader in Irish whiskey, Irish Central reports. It's sells 31 million bottles a year and is the third largest whiskey distillery in the world.

The Twin Cities love Irish whiskey

The Local, an Irish pub in Minneapolis is known for pouring lots of Irish whiskey. In fact, it's poured the largest volume of Jameson whiskey in the entire world for the last four nears.

As for St. Paul, Wallet Hub named it the 17th best city in the U.S. to celebrate St. Patrick's day. Minneapolis is number 31.

There's a Minnesota Irish whiskey

2 Gingers Irish Whiskey is based in Minneapolis, but it's still Irish. While it was launched in Minnesota and even sold exclusively here for a while, it's distilled at the Kilbeggan Distillery in Ireland, formerly called the Cooley Distillery.

How to drink it

There are plenty of ways to drink Irish whiskey. You can mix it with water, club soda or ginger ale. You can sip it on the rocks (with ice) or neat (without ice).

You can pound it like a shot, or mix it into a cocktail.

For some recipes, click here and here.

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