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

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

Ballydoyle Irish Whiskey New In

Ballydoyle Irish Whiskey

70cl

An Irish blend that is comprised of 20% malt and 80% grain. The spirit originally from the Cooley Di..

€37.00 Ex Tax: €30.08

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

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 10 Year Old Single Malt Old Bottling

70 cl

An old bottle of Bushmills 10 Year Old from around the year 2000.  ..

€100.00 Ex Tax: €81.30

Bushmills 12 Year Old Distillery Reserve

70 cl

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

1 cl

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

70 cl

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 16 Year Old Single Malt

70 cl

The 16 year old Bushmills builds on the soft, smoothness of the 10 year old and adds some very nice ..

€95.00 Ex Tax: €77.24

Bushmills 1900s Antique Bottle New In

Bushmills 1900s Antique Bottle

70 cl

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