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Review: Irish Mist Liqueur

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By my count the sixth whiskey+honey combo liqueur we’ve discussed on this website, Irish Mist is as old as the hills… but updated and rebranded for the ’10s. The new bottle isn’t going to wow anyone with its uniqueness (hey, flared base!), but what’s inside may do the trick for you.

Of all the honey-flavored liqueurs I’ve tried, Irish Mist is probably the mildest around. It’s Irish whiskey imbued with honey and “natural aromatic spices,” but the flavor is quite muted. A touch of honey, maybe some cinnamon and cloves, all on a very mild whiskey base. It’s kind of surprising that it’s a full 70 proof — but served on the rocks it certainly helps out with ailments of the throat (guilty!).

A bit expensive at $28 a bottle, by the by.

70 proof.

B / $28

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. Murphy December 17, 2009

    They have ruined this stuff! It used to be 80 proof and had a much greater depth of flavor. This new version tastes like the syrup at the Wawa coffee bar! Why would you mess with perfection?!?

  2. Nell October 16, 2010

    Besides the above, the bottle is one and a half ounces short. It is not the full 750 ml. it claims to be.

    I will no longer drink it.

  3. Mitch April 23, 2011

    Jeez why the harsh reviews. Who the hell counts the damn ml’s lol. This Whiskey is extremely smooth and has an awesome finish to it. Give it a shot you might buy a 721 ml bottle :)

  4. lou December 1, 2015

    Exquisitely delicate, yet it possesses a robust presence. Truly an experience to behold. It was the first time alcohol graced my palate. I enjoyed on my twenty first birthday!

  5. Dick May 4, 2016

    It has a nice taste, but leaves me yearning for the original recipe from years ago.
    Just not the same. I bought a bottle to toast an old friend who has passed. He had introduced me to the old recipe. Sadly they are both gone.

  6. Joe March 15, 2019

    Which Irish Mist is the closest to Heublein Irish Mist of decades ago?

  7. salvatore December 23, 2019

    I used to have a full bar at home with probably a dozen liquers or cordials
    I would guess that I stocked Irish Mist back in the late 70’s
    About a month ago a the manager of a local top shelf steakhouse had a request to add Irish Mist to his list of drinks
    Knowing me as an old timer he poured me a snifter of the Irish Mist that he had just purchased
    My comment was that it tasted a bit sweeter than


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