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

Blacks Triple Threat Irish Whiskey New In

Blacks Triple Threat Irish Whiskey

70cl

From Blacks of Kinsale comes this rather striking Irish Whiskey aged in a triple threat of bourbon, ..

€40.00 Ex Tax: €32.52

Blackwater Dirtgrain Irish Whiskey 1st Release 4x20cl pack New In

Blackwater Dirtgrain Irish Whiskey 1st Release 4x20cl pack

4x20cl

A special limited first release from Blackwater Distillery that explores the historical mashbills of..

€250.00 Ex Tax: €203.25

Blackwater Velvet Cap Bordeaux Cask Single Malt New In

Blackwater Velvet Cap Bordeaux Cask Single Malt

70cl

An exciting single malt release from Blackwater won Gold at the Irish Whiskey Masters 2022. Mat..

€62.00 Ex Tax: €50.41

Blackwater Velvet Cap Irish Whiskey

70cl

Velvet Cap Irish whiskey is the latest small batch release by Blackwater Distillery. This whisk..

€39.99 Ex Tax: €32.51

Boston Bakers Irish Whiskey New In

Boston Bakers Irish Whiskey

70cl

A superb Irish whiskey made from a combined blend of malt whiskies that have been aged in imperial s..

€45.50 Ex Tax: €36.99

Bua Irish Whiskey Small Batch

70cl

Bua is the Irish word for win or victory and Bua Irish Whiskey celebrates the aspirational underdog ..

€49.00 Ex Tax: €39.84

Bunratty Irish Whiskey 70cl New In

Bunratty Irish Whiskey 70cl

 An exciting Triple Barrell-aged premium blend whiskey from Bunratty. This blend of Malt and Gr..

€37.50 Ex Tax: €30.49

Bushmills 10 Year Old Sherry Cask Finish (1 Litre)

100cl

We have managed to source a small amount of this Travel Retail Exclusive! A limited edition Bushmill..

€75.00 Ex Tax: €60.98

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..

€48.00 Ex Tax: €39.02

Bushmills 16 Year Old Single Malt

70cl

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

€100.00 Ex Tax: €81.30

Bushmills 2002 Vermouth - Causeway Collection New In

Bushmills 2002 Vermouth - Causeway Collection

70cl

Introducing the world’s first-ever vermouth cask-finished Irish single malt whiskey release an..

€250.00 Ex Tax: €203.25

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..

€185.00 Ex Tax: €150.41

Bushmills American Oak Cask Finish New In

Bushmills American Oak Cask Finish

70cl

Inspired by a partnership spanning decades between two of the world’s great whiskey-makin..

€35.00 Ex Tax: €28.46

Bushmills Black Bush

70 cl

Black Bush is classed as the 'deluxe' blend from Bushmills and it has a lot of loyal fans ac..

€36.00 Ex Tax: €29.27

Bushmills Black Bush 80/20 New In

Bushmills Black Bush 80/20

100cl

A new iteration of the iconic Black Bush, 80/20 is a unique blend of Bushmills Single Malt finis..

€56.50 Ex Tax: €45.94

Bushmills Caribbean Rum Cask Finish New In

Bushmills Caribbean Rum Cask Finish

70cl

A very welcome new addition to the core range of Bushmills. This expression has used high quali..

€35.00 Ex Tax: €28.46