We Tasted Trader Joe’s Single Malt Irish Whiskey to Find Out If It’s Worth It

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Ah, Trader Joe’s, how we love you. A favorite among the budget-conscious and healthy eaters among us, TJ’s is where you can grab quality produce, earth-friendly skin care products and toiletries without killing your bank account. But did you know you can stock up your liquor cabinet, too? And no, we’re just talking about Two-Buck Chuck. We mean the hard stuff, folks.

Most of you already know Trader Joe’s sells some good liquor brands (including Bulleit, Milagro and Hendrick’s), but some may not know there are also Trader Joe’s branded spirits. TJ’s has managed to have its own versions of everything from scotch to tequila, but there’s still one question: Are they any good? Even for their extremely low price?

To answer that question, we paired up with Crystal Chasse from San Francisco’s Blackbird and Dirty Habit and tasted them one by one. Our first installment is a review of the Single Malt Irish Whiskey 8-Year ($20).

Off the nose, Chasse smelled some candied orange, caramel and a bit of Earl Grey tea. After the first sip, we were surprised—pleasantly! This whiskey is really easy to drink, smooth, tasty and “actually kind of dangerous.” Notes of honey and baking spices come through very clearly, and adding a bit of water brings out a nice fruity taste. If you like your whiskey in a cocktail, this one will work fine in a simple highball.

Verdict: Good, will drink again

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  • lma2000@gmail.com posted 7 months ago

    I agree with Tom, barely palpable and much like Costco's Kirkland brand only good as well drinks.

  • gadflyonthewall posted 7 months ago

    The guy at my TJs claims their Kentucky Bourbon ($15.99) is actually Makers ($29.99 @ TJs)

  • Thomas18 posted 7 months ago

    The Trader Joe's in Mt Pleasant SC doesn't sell liquor. If Only, sadly NOT!

  • JuanLeggett posted 7 months ago

    Great scotch deals too. every now and then some great Bowmore's comes in1

  • thomsouthwickyahoocom104593478 posted 7 months ago

    It's not good, it's barely ok, just like most things they sale. Costco liquor and wines are the same.

  • ldurrell01gmailcom430598634 posted 7 months ago

    I live on the Kansas side of the Kansas City, MO. area. Luckily there is a Trader Joes 1 block off of State Line Road. Also, Aldi which is owned by the same group as Trader Joes has great products and many of their stores sell some alcohol (mostly wines). I have bought some very decent bottles of wine at Aldi.

  • kacarnleyyahoocom24420642 posted 8 months ago

    Trader Joe's can't sell liquor in Texas either. Would love to try it. Heard good things about the tequila as well.

  • pattikemperhotmailcom137469232 posted 1 year ago

    I love their Brandy.. and of course $2 chuck is the best for cooking.. I have to try this Whiskey!

  • jerzjerry posted 2 years ago

    If only my local Trader Joe's in Florham Park, NJ had a liquor license !!

  • robhorannet343028591 posted 2 years ago

    This is why NY's ridiculous alcohol laws need to be abolished. Can't buy this in NY.

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