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

 Gelston's 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey New In

Gelston's 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey

70cl

Samuel Gelston's 12 year old is a limited release of superlative Single Malt Irish whiskey, matu..

€66.00 Ex Tax: €53.66

21c Limited Edition Batch 3 2020 Release Cask Strength 70cl New In

21c Limited Edition Batch 3 2020 Release Cask Strength 70cl

70cl

Our *slightly delayed* release of the 2020 edition of 21c. Usually we release this special bottling ..

€150.00 Ex Tax: €121.95

An Fear Grinn Móinteach New In

An Fear Grinn Móinteach

70cl

Continuing the peated theme sees the new inaugural expression of Irish style móinteach&n..

€65.00 Ex Tax: €52.85

Athru 16 Year Old PX Single Cask Release New In

Athru 16 Year Old PX Single Cask Release

Lough Gill has produced a special and extremely delicious whiskey with the Athru 16 Year Old Px..

€135.00 Ex Tax: €109.76

Athru Annacoona

70cl

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

€132.00 Ex Tax: €107.32

Athru Keshcorran

70cl

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

€132.00 Ex Tax: €107.32

Athru Knocknarea

70cl

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

€132.00 Ex Tax: €107.32

Athru Oloroso Sherry Single Cask Release New In

Athru Oloroso Sherry Single Cask Release

70cl

This single cask yielded just 295 bottles and after spending 6 years in an Oloroso sherry barrel, it..

€95.00 Ex Tax: €77.24

Athru Whiskey Tasting Pack EU Based Customers Including Delivery New In

Athru Whiskey Tasting Pack EU Based Customers Including Delivery

4 x 30ml

How does it work? Buy > pack gets delivered > join us for a Zoom tasting!   What..

€40.00 Ex Tax: €32.52

Athru Whiskey Tasting Pack Outside EU Based Customers Including Delivery New In

Athru Whiskey Tasting Pack Outside EU Based Customers Including Delivery

4 x 30ml

How does it work? Buy > pack gets delivered > join us for a Zoom tasting!   What..

€49.20 Ex Tax: €40.00

Ballyhoo Irish Whiskey

70cl

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

€43.00 Ex Tax: €34.96

Ballykeefe First Release Cask Strength Whiskey New In

Ballykeefe First Release Cask Strength Whiskey

70cl

Ballykeefe is a family-owned Single Estate Whiskey Distillery in Kilkenny, built in 2016. The Whiske..

€450.00 Ex Tax: €365.85

Barr an Uisce '1803' 16 Year Old

70cl

A limited edition 16 Year Old whiskey from Barr an Uisce that has been matured in first fill Bo..

€95.00 Ex Tax: €77.24

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..

€69.00 Ex Tax: €56.10

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: €40.65

Black Irish Whiskey New In

Black Irish Whiskey

70cl

Smooth Irish Whiskey meets rich dark stout in this bold black spirit! Triple distilled and aged in&n..

€37.00 Ex Tax: €30.08