Review: Irish Mist Liqueur

irish mist

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.


Irish Mist Liqueur




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


  1. Murphy on December 17, 2009 at 9:48 am

    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 on October 16, 2010 at 9:26 am

    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 on April 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    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 on December 1, 2015 at 11:16 am

    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 on May 4, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    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 on March 15, 2019 at 6:51 am

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

  7. salvatore on December 23, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    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

  8. Steve on August 1, 2021 at 9:40 am

    Irish Mist does not taste the same like it was years ago since I was a regular drinker of it. Now I will not touch it. Sad Sad Sad Why would you change it.

  9. Pepper on February 27, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    Never had it until today. Thought it was delightful served with tea. Kind of wish I could try the older version to compare, but I will be adding this to our bar.

  10. Jack ligouri on January 18, 2023 at 8:51 am

    I have been drinking Irish mist for many years. I keep the bottle in the freezer. I love how it thickens up. Love this mist. Try putting it with irish cream in a glass. Icall it the Ligouri slammer. Great drink.

  11. Janie on November 23, 2023 at 3:15 pm

    I once loved Irish Mist liqueur. It was thick and left a coating on the glass and warmed you all the way down. I moved to an area 10 years ago where it is not carried in the liquor stores but I managed to find 2 bottles that had been ordered but not picked up by the customer. What a waste! Not at all the liqueur of yesterday. It was watery and had an odd taste. I now have practically a full bottle and another unopened, that I will never drink.

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