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 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

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 Sauternes 2011 New In

Bushmills Causeway Collection Sauternes 2011

70cl

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

€110.00 Ex Tax: €89.43

Bushmills Original

70cl

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

€31.00 Ex Tax: €25.20

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 ..

€115.00 Ex Tax: €93.50

Bushmills Red Bush

70cl

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

€33.50 Ex Tax: €27.24

Bushmills Steamship Collection Port Cask

70cl

A wonderful expression of Bushmills single malt that was originally released for travel retail. This..

€97.50 Ex Tax: €79.27

Celtic Cask Aon Deag (11) 14 Year Old Anima Negra Finish

70cl

Another great addition to our Celtic Cask range. This is a double distilled single malt that was ini..

€150.00 Ex Tax: €121.95

Celtic Cask Ceathair (4) 2001 12 Year Old Madeira Finish

70cl

Celtic Cask “Ceathair” was matured in 1st fill Bourbon casks for 10 years. In December 2..

€450.00 Ex Tax: €365.85

Celtic Cask Ceathair Deag (14) 2001 11 Year Old Brunello Finish

70cl

Celtic Cask Ceathair Deag is our fourteenth special release in our line of exclusive whiskeys. This ..

€150.00 Ex Tax: €121.95

Celtic Cask Daichead (40) 2004 PX Sherry Finish Panama Rum New In

Celtic Cask Daichead (40) 2004 PX Sherry Finish Panama Rum

70cl

Celtic Cask Daichead (40) 2004 PX Sherry Finish Panama Rum (not whiskey) was produced with cont..

€160.00 Ex Tax: €130.08

Celtic Cask Daichead a Do (42) 2009 Anima Negra Grain New In

Celtic Cask Daichead a Do (42) 2009 Anima Negra Grain

70cl

Winner - Best Irish Single Grain - Irish Whiskey Awards 2022! Here we have an exciting release in ou..

€95.00 Ex Tax: €77.24

Celtic Cask Deich (10) 1999 Rhone Cask Finish Peated Single Malt

70cl

A delicious, peated single malt that was double distilled and initially aged for eleven years in an ..

€150.00 Ex Tax: €121.95

Celtic Cask Naoi (9) 2001 13 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish Single Malt

70cl

A richly flavoured and smoky single malt that was initially matured in a single Bourbon cask then tr..

€150.00 Ex Tax: €121.95