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

Irish Whiskey Magazine Subscription- Irish Subscription New In

Irish Whiskey Magazine Subscription- Irish Subscription

Price Includes Shipping to anywhere on the island of Ireland. A yearly subscription covers four copi..

€39.95 Ex Tax: €32.48

Irish Whiskey Magazine New In

Irish Whiskey Magazine

€12.45 is Inclusive of Shipping Irish Whiskey Magazine is the world's first independent ..

€10.53 Ex Tax: €10.53

Writers Tears Mini Gift Book New In

Writers Tears Mini Gift Book

3x5cl

A great little gift pack containing 3 miniatures of the hugely popular Writers Tears Copper Pot whis..

€19.99 Ex Tax: €16.25

Teeling Small Batch

70 cl

A first release of Irish Whiskey for the Teeling Whiskey Company. This is a blend of Irish grain and..

€38.99 Ex Tax: €31.70

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

Teeling Brabazon Single Malt Volume 1 New In

Teeling Brabazon Single Malt Volume 1

70cl

Brabazon is a single malt that comes from a range of barrels of different ages. The youngest be..

€78.00 Ex Tax: €63.41

Midleton Very Rare 2018 New In

Midleton Very Rare 2018

70cl

The newest release from the Midleton Distillery and the latest addition to the Midleton Very Rare co..

€180.00 Ex Tax: €146.34

Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey

70 cl

The first Knappogue Castle Single Malt to have an age statement. This is triple distilled in a No..

€52.95 Ex Tax: €43.05

Jameson Original

70 cl

Jameson is by far the best selling Irish whiskey in the world and currently sells at a rate of aroun..

€31.99 Ex Tax: €26.01

Knappogue Castle 14 Year Old Single Malt

70 cl

This is both richer and more complex than the standard twelve year old Knappogue Castle. Named '..

€72.95 Ex Tax: €59.31

Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength

70 cl

The Redbreast range has increased from just one 12 year old to comprise of four whiskeys including t..

€89.99 Ex Tax: €73.16

Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Burgundy Cask New In

Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Burgundy Cask

70cl

Part of the new 'Cask Finish Series' from Knappogue Castle. This single malt is non-chillfil..

€95.00 Ex Tax: €77.24

Green Spot Single Pot Still

70 cl

Green Spot is a 100% pure pot still whiskey that can trace its roots to the early 1900s, when Jameso..

€59.99 Ex Tax: €48.77

Kilbeggan 21 Year Old Limited Edition Blend

70 cl

This is a limited edition release from the Kilbeggan Distilling Company. The Kilbeggan 21 Year Old i..

€99.50 Ex Tax: €80.89

Teeling Single Grain Red Wine Cask Finish

70 cl

A small batch release from the Teeling Whiskey Company. This is single grain whiskey that has been p..

€45.95 Ex Tax: €37.36

Knappogue Castle Sherry Finish 16 Year Old Single Malt

70cl

The 16 year old Knappogue Castle is a fantastic single malt that has been made using unpeated barley..

€90.00 Ex Tax: €73.17