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 14 Year Old Single Malt Single Cask New In

Burke's 14 Year Old Single Malt Single Cask

70cl

A first release from the Great Northern Distillery, but in this case using whiskey that was distille..

€135.00 Ex Tax: €109.76

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 1608 Millennium Reserve 12 Years Old

70cl

This special edition release of Bushmills was released as a limited edition for the millennium and i..

€290.00 Ex Tax: €235.77

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 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

Cadenheads 13 Year Old Peated Cooley Single Malt

70cl

Taken from a single ex-bourbon barrel, this is a cask strength bottling of Cooley's peated singl..

€180.00 Ex Tax: €146.34

Celtic Cask Se Deag Single Malt (16) New In

Celtic Cask Se Deag Single Malt (16)

70cl

Celtic Cask Sé Déag is a double distilled single malt that was initially matured in a ..

€180.00 Ex Tax: €146.34

Cill Airne Cask - Pedro Ximenez Cask New In

Cill Airne Cask - Pedro Ximenez Cask

Single Cask Bottling Exclusive for Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder, Killarney. We can now bottle,..

€150.00 Ex Tax: €121.95

Cill Airne Oloroso Cask New In

Cill Airne Oloroso Cask

Single Cask Bottling Exclusive for Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder, Killarney. We can now bottle,..

€150.00 Ex Tax: €121.95

Clontarf Single Malt

70 cl

Clontarf Single Malt is triple distilled at Bushmills distillery and aged in bourbon casks. Soft,..

€36.99 Ex Tax: €30.07

Connemara 12 Year Old

70 cl

The 12-year-old edition of Connemara single malt has a full, rounded and complex flavour that is ..

€76.99 Ex Tax: €62.59

Connemara 22 Year Old

70 cl

A great addition to the Connemara range. This 22-year-old has been drawn from some of the earlies..

€162.99 Ex Tax: €132.51