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

Celtic Cask Tríocha a Dó (32) 2008 12 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish New In

Celtic Cask Tríocha a Dó (32) 2008 12 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

70cl

A very rare cask from a small distillery situated in the midlands of Ireland. This double distilled ..

€175.00 Ex Tax: €142.27

Celtic Cask Tríocha a Haon (31) 2002 18 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish New In

Celtic Cask Tríocha a Haon (31) 2002 18 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

70cl

Double distilled on the island of Ireland in 2002 and matured in a refill bourbon cask before being ..

€150.00 Ex Tax: €121.95

Celtic Cask Tríocha a Ceathair (34) 2001 19 Year Old Pedro Ximenez Cask Finish New In

Celtic Cask Tríocha a Ceathair (34) 2001 19 Year Old Pedro Ximenez Cask Finish

70cl

Double distilled in the Republic of Ireland, it was matured in a first fill bourbon cask for 13 year..

€195.00 Ex Tax: €158.53

Celtic Cask Tríocha a Sé (36) 2001 19 Year Old Oloroso Cask New In

Celtic Cask Tríocha a Sé (36) 2001 19 Year Old Oloroso Cask

70cl

Double distilled in the Republic of Ireland it was matured in a first fill bourbon cask (same one as..

€180.00 Ex Tax: €146.35

Chamber 12 Year Old Blended Irish Whiskey New In

Chamber 12 Year Old Blended Irish Whiskey

70cl

This blend of Irish malt and grain whiskey has a prominent malt influence having spent 11 years in e..

€85.00 Ex Tax: €69.11

Chamber 18 Year Old Irish Whiskey Small Batch Single Malt New In

Chamber 18 Year Old Irish Whiskey Small Batch Single Malt

70cl

A stunning small batch single malt from Chamber Whiskey. Aged for 18 years in ex bourbon a..

€160.00 Ex Tax: €130.08

Chamber Irish Whiskey Single Malt New In

Chamber Irish Whiskey Single Malt

70cl

This triple distilled single malt has spent its entire maturation of 5 years in Oloroso sherry casks..

€49.00 Ex Tax: €39.84

Chamber Irish Whiskey Small Batch Single Malt New In

Chamber Irish Whiskey Small Batch Single Malt

70cl

A fantastic small batch single malt from Chamber Spirits. This release was fully matured for 6 yea..

€59.00 Ex Tax: €47.97

Clan Colla Amarone Finish 20 Year Old 46% 70cl New In

Clan Colla Amarone Finish 20 Year Old 46% 70cl

70cl

A follow up release to Clan Colla's Amarone Finish 20 Year Old, now bottled at 46%. This sp..

€233.00 Ex Tax: €189.43

Clan Colla Amarone Finish 20 Year Old Single Cask Cask Strength New In

Clan Colla Amarone Finish 20 Year Old Single Cask Cask Strength

70cl

This exciting  20 Year Old release from Ahascragh Distillery was double distilled in ..

€250.00 Ex Tax: €203.25

Clan Colla Irish Whiskey Blend 11 Year Old + FREE Hipflask New In

Clan Colla Irish Whiskey Blend 11 Year Old + FREE Hipflask

70cl

From Ahascragh Distillery comes this smooth yet complex blend of malt and grain whiskeys. This ..

€80.00 Ex Tax: €65.04

Clan Colla PX Finish 20 Year Old New In

Clan Colla PX Finish 20 Year Old

70cl

This exceptional Single Malt from Ahascragh Distillery's Family Bond Series was distil..

€233.00 Ex Tax: €189.43

Clan Colla Single Malt 19 Year Old New In

Clan Colla Single Malt 19 Year Old

70cl

An extremely limited Single Malt release from Ahascragh Distillery's Family Bond Serie..

€200.00 Ex Tax: €162.60

Clonakilty 15 Year Old Single Malt Single Cask Whiskey New In

Clonakilty 15 Year Old Single Malt Single Cask Whiskey

70cl

A stunning release from Clonakilty. This 15 Year Old Single Malt Single Cask Irish whiskey has gorge..

€145.00 Ex Tax: €117.89

Clonakilty Galley Head Single Malt Whiskey New In

Clonakilty Galley Head Single Malt Whiskey

70cl

An exciting offering from Clonakilty Distillers. A premium single malt cut with water that has been ..

€39.95 Ex Tax: €32.48

Clonakilty Pelican Barley Wine 70cl New In

Clonakilty Pelican Barley Wine 70cl

70cl

An exciting collaboration between Irish Distillery Clonakilty and the American Pelican Brewing ..

€69.00 Ex Tax: €56.10