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

21C Limited Edition Batch 2 (2019 Whiskey Live Exclusive) New In

21C Limited Edition Batch 2 (2019 Whiskey Live Exclusive)

70cl

The most recent release of 21C Irish Whiskey. A unique blend from the 16 Irish distilleries, this bl..

€150.00 Ex Tax: €121.95

Athru Annacoona New In

Athru Annacoona

70cl

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

€149.99 Ex Tax: €121.94

Athru Keshcorran New In

Athru Keshcorran

70cl

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

€150.00 Ex Tax: €121.95

Athru Knocknarea New In

Athru Knocknarea

70cl

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

€150.00 Ex Tax: €121.95

Ballyhoo Irish Whiskey New In

Ballyhoo Irish Whiskey

70cl

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

€39.95 Ex Tax: €32.48

Barr an Uisce '1803' 16 Year Old New In

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: €40.64

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

70cl

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

€44.95 Ex Tax: €36.54

Bushmills 12 Year Old Distillery Reserve

70cl

Only ever available from the distillery. This is a special bottling of 12 year old Bushmills single ..

€59.99 Ex Tax: €48.77

Bushmills 12 Year Old Select Casks Single Malt

70cl

Now discontinued, the Bushmills Select Casks edition was originally only available in duty free shop..

€59.99 Ex Tax: €48.77

Bushmills 16 Year Old 1st Release

70cl

An early edition of Bushmills 16 year old single malt. This is in very good condition and comes with..

€69.99 Ex Tax: €56.90

Bushmills 1900s Antique Bottle

70cl

This is most likely the oldest Bushmills whiskey we have ever seen and could even be the oldest bott..

€1,250.00 Ex Tax: €1,016.26

Bushmills 1975 49.1% Cask Strength

70cl

A rare bottling of Bushmills Millennium that was bottled at natural cask strength. This also comes w..

€175.00 Ex Tax: €142.28

Bushmills 21 Year Old Single Malt

70cl

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

€175.00 Ex Tax: €142.28