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

Ballykeefe Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey New In

Ballykeefe Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

70cl

Introducing the very first Single Pot Still from Ballykeefe! Created from 100% Ballykeefe Irish barl..

€61.00 Ex Tax: €49.59

Barr An Uisce 1803 22 Year Old Single Malt New In

Barr An Uisce 1803 22 Year Old Single Malt

70cl

A very special and limited edition 22 year old single malt matured in first fill Kentucky bourbo..

€489.00 Ex Tax: €397.56

Blacks Citrus Single Malt IPA Irish Whiskey New In

Blacks Citrus Single Malt IPA Irish Whiskey

70cl

If you're a fan of IPAs and Irish whiskey, then this adventurous Single Malt is bound to impre..

€66.50 Ex Tax: €54.07

Blacks Maple Mayhem Blend New In

Blacks Maple Mayhem Blend

70cl

A superb Irish Whiskey matured in maple bourbon casks for a sweet finish with plenty of maple and va..

€47.00 Ex Tax: €38.21

Blacks Single Grain 8 Year OG Kush IPA Cask Finish

70cl

An exciting release from Blacks of Kinsale which sees an eight year old single grain Irish Wh..

€72.00 Ex Tax: €58.54

Blacks Single Grain 8 Year Old Ace Of Haze New In

Blacks Single Grain 8 Year Old Ace Of Haze

70cl

A limited edition bottling from Blacks! This stunning release is a straight-up house of flavour in..

€70.00 Ex Tax: €56.91

Blacks Single Grain 8 Year Old Tropical IPA Cask Finish New In

Blacks Single Grain 8 Year Old Tropical IPA Cask Finish

70cl

Experience paradise in a bottle with this stunning limited edition release from Blacks of Kin..

€72.00 Ex Tax: €58.54

Blacks Single Grain 8 Year Old Worlds End Imperial Stout New In

Blacks Single Grain 8 Year Old Worlds End Imperial Stout

70cl

If you love your whiskey with strong notes of caramel, chocolate, or vanilla, then this limited ed..

€66.00 Ex Tax: €53.66

Blacks Single Malt 18 Year Old Rum Cask Finish

70cl

A very special release of 18 year old from Black's Distillery in Kinsale County Cork. For this s..

€590.00 Ex Tax: €479.67

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, ..

€41.00 Ex Tax: €33.33

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 Planxty Wilcox Five Grain 50cl New In

Blackwater Planxty Wilcox Five Grain 50cl

50cl

Named after Head Distiller John Wilcox, this very special limited release asks the question what hap..

€95.00 Ex Tax: €77.24

Blackwater Velvet Cap Peated Sherry Cask New In

Blackwater Velvet Cap Peated Sherry Cask

70cl

Gold winner at the Irish Whiskey Masters 2022! This special release is made with turf-dried mal..

€63.50 Ex Tax: €51.63

Blackwater Whisky Peated Rye (Starburst Spice Bag) New In

Blackwater Whisky Peated Rye (Starburst Spice Bag)

50cl

Blackwater Whisky Peated Rye (Starburst Spice Bag) is an award-winning, limited edition bottling&nbs..

€95.99 Ex Tax: €78.04

Bold 98 New In

Bold 98

70cl

Rooted in Rebellion and inspired by the seeds of liberty of the Irish rebellion of 1798. Bold 9..

€37.00 Ex Tax: €30.08

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