Irish Whiskey

 


"Give an Irishman lager for a month, and he's a dead man. An Irishman is lined with copper, and the beer corrodes it. But whiskey polishes the copper and is the saving of him." Mark Twain, Life On The Mississippi

Irish whiskey, so long in the doldrums, is experiencing a real renaissance right now. Exports of Ireland’s native spirit have surged 200% over the last decade, with Jameson leading the charge. New distilleries are cropping up all over the landscape,new brands launched, new societies formed, new books published and new specialist bars opened as the world takes a renewed interest in Ireland’s native spirit.

It means that the shelves at the Celtic Whiskey Shop are heaving with whiskey brands. There’s something there for the connoisseur who likes characterful pot still and single malt whiskey and something too for those who prefer to mix it up with cocktails.Irish whiskey is an extraordinarily versatile spirit of consistently high quality.

All this from a low point in the 1970s and 1980s, when the sector was a barren landscape, with only two distilleries operating on the island. Bad luck, bad planning, American prohibition and independence from Britain conspired to close distillery after distillery after distillery. It was a far cry from the peak of Irish whiskey’s popularity in the Victorian era,when spirit flowed out of the country’s cities and towns on an industrial scale.Back then, it was the drink of choice of the British Empire and beyond.

Thankfully, a few distilleries kept the flame alive. In the 1970s, Powers, Jameson and Cork Distillers consolidated in a distillery in Midleton to produce the traditional pure pot still whiskey under the IDL flag, and Bushmills to the north joined the partnership with their triple-distilled malt. Entrepreneur John Teeling saw an opportunity and broadened the spectrum further with a double-distilled malt, peated and unpeated, as well as single grain whiskey.

Irish whiskey is once again on an upward curve, producing whiskey of real quality, versatility and consistency. And with more and more producers and bottlers coming on board, the sector is set for a new golden age. 

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Irish Whiskey

Baileys Irish Whiskey New In

Baileys Irish Whiskey

70 cl

Baileys whiskey had a very short life and there are various stories about why it never took off. The..

€600.00 Ex Tax: €487.80

Barr an Uisce 1803 10 Year Old Single Malt New In

Barr an Uisce 1803 10 Year Old Single Malt

70cl

The '1803' is a 10 year old single malt matured entirely in first-fill American Bourbon barr..

€69.99 Ex Tax: €56.90

Barr an Uisce Wicklow Rare Blend New In

Barr an Uisce Wicklow Rare Blend

70cl

The Wicklow Rare blend is an excellent mix of 80% grain whiskey with 20% 10 year old malt whiskey. S..

€49.99 Ex Tax: €40.64

Burke's 15 Year Old Single Cask 7865 New In

Burke's 15 Year Old Single Cask 7865

70cl

From John Teeling's GND distillery. These are effectively the second round of releases albeit fr..

€132.00 Ex Tax: €107.32

Burke's 15 Year Old Single Cask 7866 New In

Burke's 15 Year Old Single Cask 7866

70cl

From John Teeling's GND distillery. These are effectively the second round of releases albeit fr..

€132.00 Ex Tax: €107.32

Burke's 15 Year Old Single Cask 7869 New In

Burke's 15 Year Old Single Cask 7869

70cl

From John Teeling's GND distillery. These are effectively the second round of releases albeit fr..

€132.00 Ex Tax: €107.32

Burke's 15 Year Old Single Cask 7870 New In

Burke's 15 Year Old Single Cask 7870

70cl

From John Teeling's GND distillery. These are effectively the second round of releases albeit fr..

€132.00 Ex Tax: €107.32

Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt

70 cl

This has been the standard single malt release from Bushmills for many years and is drawn from tripl..

€44.99 Ex Tax: €36.58

Bushmills 21 Year Old Single Malt

70 cl

The 21-year-old Bushmills is the oldest whiskey in the standard distillery range. It is a remarkably..

€175.00 Ex Tax: €142.28

Bushmills 5 Year Old Single Malt

70 cl

Bushmills produced this five-year-old single malt whiskey for the Italian market, most likely in the..

€250.00 Ex Tax: €203.25

Bushmills Black Bush

70 cl

Black Bush is classed as the 'deluxe' blend from Bushmills and it has a lot of loyal fans ac..

€33.99 Ex Tax: €27.63

Bushmills Millennium 1975 Single Cask

70 cl

  This precious whiskey was originally laid down back in 1975 in bourbon casks with an eye o..

€299.99 Ex Tax: €243.89

Bushmills Original

70 cl

Bushmills Original is also known as 'White Bush' and is the flagship blend from Bushmills di..

€29.99 Ex Tax: €24.38

Bushmills Red Bush New In

Bushmills Red Bush

70cl

Another addition to our ever expanding Bushmills collection, Bushmills Red Bush. This triple di..

€31.00 Ex Tax: €25.20

Bushmills Steamship Sherry Cask New In

Bushmills Steamship Sherry Cask

100cl

The first release in the Bushmills Steamship range. This was initially intended for Travel Retail on..

€124.99 Ex Tax: €101.62

Celtic Cask Fiche a Dó (22) New In

Celtic Cask Fiche a Dó (22)

70cl

Celtic Cask Fiche a Dó was double distilled & first matured in a 1st fill bourbon cask fo..

€165.00 Ex Tax: €134.15