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

Achill Island Peated Cask Strength 60% New In

Achill Island Peated Cask Strength 60%

70cl

Here is the first peated single malt Irish whiskey to be distilled, matured and bottled on Achill Is..

€67.00 Ex Tax: €54.47

Achill Island Single Malt New In

Achill Island Single Malt

70cl

A limited-edition Single Malt is the first Irish whiskey to be distilled matured and bottled on the ..

€47.00 Ex Tax: €38.21

Achill Island Single Malt Bordeaux Cask Finish New In

Achill Island Single Malt Bordeaux Cask Finish

70cl

A limited-edition Single Malt is the first Irish whiskey to be distilled matured and bottled on the ..

€47.00 Ex Tax: €38.21

Achill Island Single Pot Still 2023 New In

Achill Island Single Pot Still 2023

70cl

Introducing Ireland's first island single pot still! Aged in Sherry and Bourbon casks this has a..

€123.00 Ex Tax: €100.00

Ahascragh Distillery Clan Colla Mini Gift Box 3x5cl New In

Ahascragh Distillery Clan Colla Mini Gift Box 3x5cl

3x5 cl

Treat that whiskey fan in your life to this mini gift box offering by Ahascragh Distillery! Inc..

€55.00 Ex Tax: €44.72

An Fear Grinn 16 Year Old

70cl

A 16 Year Old Single Cask Single Malt which has been matured in bourbon barrels and bottled at cask ..

€285.00 Ex Tax: €231.71

An Fear Grinn Gullion

70cl

Introducing the first single cask Pot Still from An Fear Grinn. This whiskey spent over 5 years in B..

€76.00 Ex Tax: €61.79

An Fear Grinn Tide's In

70cl

After 13 long years ageing in wood, the Tide is In at long last with this limited release. An Fear G..

€88.50 Ex Tax: €71.95

An Fear Grinn Torin

70cl

Another superb, limited-edition release - An Fear Grinn Torin! Made at the Great Northern ..

€79.00 Ex Tax: €64.23

Athru 17 Year Old Oloroso Single Cask Release

70cl

The newest addition to Athru a 17-year old Oloroso finish Single Cask - an exceptional example ..

€180.00 Ex Tax: €146.34

Athru Annacoona

70cl

An exceptional 14 year old single malt that has been matured in the finest Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso..

€130.00 Ex Tax: €105.69

Athru Keshcorran

70cl

A 14 Year Old single malt whiskey that has been finished in Hungarian Tokaji casks and nam..

€130.00 Ex Tax: €105.69

Athru Knocknarea

70cl

The second expression from the Athru range, the Athru Knocknarea. A 14 Year Old single malt that was..

€130.00 Ex Tax: €105.69

Athru Mini Trilogy 3 X 5cl

3 x 5cl

Gift box set of the three 14 year Athrú single malt whiskies. Individual 50ml bottles of the ..

€35.00 Ex Tax: €28.46

Ballyhoo Irish Whiskey

70cl

This is a new release from the Connacht Whiskey Distillery which has been carefully blended with the..

€44.00 Ex Tax: €35.77

Ballykeefe Single Malt Irish Whiskey

70cl

Master winner at the Irish Whiskey Masters 2023! A 100% grain to glass single malt from Ballyke..

€61.00 Ex Tax: €49.59