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

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 ..

€110.00 Ex Tax: €89.43

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..

€260.00 Ex Tax: €211.38

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..

€199.95 Ex Tax: €162.56

Bushmills 25 Year Old Single Malt New In

Bushmills 25 Year Old Single Malt

70cl

An exceptional small batch whiskey, robust in character.  After initial maturation in bourb..

€850.00 Ex Tax: €691.06

Bushmills 30 Year Old Single Malt New In

Bushmills 30 Year Old Single Malt

70cl

The pinnacle of what ageing in oak can bring to an Irish single malt whiskey.  Bushmills 3..

€2,000.00 Ex Tax: €1,626.02

Bushmills 31 Year Old Whiskey New In

Bushmills 31 Year Old Whiskey

70cl

After maturing in bourbon and sherry casks, Bushmills Rare Casks No. 4 31 Year Old Single Malt Irish..

€2,380.00 Ex Tax: €1,934.96

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..

€36.50 Ex Tax: €29.67

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

Bushmills Causeway Collection 2008 Jupille Cask New In

Bushmills Causeway Collection 2008 Jupille Cask

70cl

A previously exclusive release in the Causeway Collection that is now available. This 2008 Jupille C..

€168.00 Ex Tax: €136.59

Bushmills Causeway Collection Cognac Cask 2010 New In

Bushmills Causeway Collection Cognac Cask 2010

70cl

The 2010 Cognac Cask is a limited edition rare cask finished, cask strength (53.8% ABV) and non chil..

€125.00 Ex Tax: €101.63

Bushmills Causeway Collection New American Oak 1999 New In

Bushmills Causeway Collection New American Oak 1999

70cl

The 1999 American Oak Cask is a limited edition rare cask strength (50.1% ABV) and a delicious non c..

€450.00 Ex Tax: €365.85

Bushmills Causeway Collection Sauternes 2011

70cl

The 2011 Sauternes Cask is a limited edition rare cask finished, cask strength, and non chill-filter..

€115.00 Ex Tax: €93.50

Bushmills Original

70cl

Bushmills Original is also known as 'White Bush' and is the flagship blend from Bushmills di..

€32.00 Ex Tax: €26.02

Bushmills Pomerol 2012 - Causeway Collection New In

Bushmills Pomerol 2012 - Causeway Collection

70cl

A very exciting release in the ever-popular Bushmills Causeway Collection. This special release ..

€120.00 Ex Tax: €97.56

Bushmills Red Bush

70cl

Another addition to our ever-expanding Bushmills collection, Bushmills Red Bush. This triple di..

€33.50 Ex Tax: €27.24