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

Clonakilty Port Cask

70cl

The latest release from the Clonakilty Atlantic Distillery, co. Cork. This is the first of the Cask ..

€54.00 Ex Tax: €43.90

Clonakilty Revival 70cl New In

Clonakilty Revival 70cl

70cl

Here's the fourth and final release from Clonakilty’s collaboration series.This time ..

€69.00 Ex Tax: €56.10

Clonakilty Single Batch Double Oak

70cl

Clonakilty Single Batch Double Oak Finish is the flagship of Clonakilty’s Cask Finish Series.&..

€52.00 Ex Tax: €42.28

Clonakilty Single Grain Bordeaux Finish

70cl

An eight year old single grain that has been finished in Bordeaux casks. The first batch is lim..

€52.00 Ex Tax: €42.28

Clonakilty X Manor Hill Baltic Whiskey Porter Cask 70cl New In

Clonakilty X Manor Hill Baltic Whiskey Porter Cask 70cl

70cl

Clonakilty Distillery joins forces with Manor Hill Brewery to create this fine dram. It's distil..

€69.00 Ex Tax: €56.10

Clontarf Single Malt

70cl

Clontarf Single Malt is triple distilled at Bushmills distillery and aged in bourbon casks. Soft, fr..

€41.00 Ex Tax: €33.33

Connacht Single Malt Batch One New In

Connacht Single Malt Batch One

70cl

The first widely available release of single malt from good folks at the Connnacht Distillery in Bal..

€70.00 Ex Tax: €56.91

Connemara 12 Year Old

70cl

The 12-year-old edition of Connemara single malt has a full, rounded and complex flavour that is bot..

€79.00 Ex Tax: €64.23

Connemara Distillers Edition Single Malt

70cl

An excellent expression of Connemara peated Irish single malt whiskey, presented as their Distillers..

€80.00 Ex Tax: €65.04

Connemara Peated Irish Single Malt

70cl

Connemara is rare amongst Irish whiskey, its hook being the smokiness associated with the malts prod..

€43.95 Ex Tax: €35.73

Copeland Merchants Quay Blended Irish Whiskey New In

Copeland Merchants Quay Blended Irish Whiskey

70cl

A smooth, rich Irish whiskey made from a unique blend of three whiskeys – grain whiskey, doubl..

€40.00 Ex Tax: €32.52

Croithli Coillin Darach Quercus Alba New In

Croithli Coillin Darach Quercus Alba

70cl

From Crolly distillery's Coillín Darach Oak Series comes Coillin Darach Quercus Alba! Thi..

€79.00 Ex Tax: €64.23

Croithli Coillin Darach Robur New In

Croithli Coillin Darach Robur

70cl

This release from Crolly Distillery marks an exciting departure away from traditional 'spir..

€79.00 Ex Tax: €64.23

Croithli Coillin Darach Sessile New In

Croithli Coillin Darach Sessile

70cl

From the Coillín Darach Oak Series, the delicious and unique Coillin Darach Sessile! This&nbs..

€79.00 Ex Tax: €64.23

Currach Kombu Single Malt

70cl

From the creators of Kalak Single Malt Vodka and Ornabrak Single Malt Gin, Origin Spirits welcome in..

€58.50 Ex Tax: €47.56

Currach Single Malt Atlantic Wakame Seaweed Western Herd Cask Finish New In

Currach Single Malt Atlantic Wakame Seaweed Western Herd Cask Finish

70cl

Introducing a rather exciting limited edition: Currach Single Malt Atlantic Wakame Seaweed Western H..

€118.00 Ex Tax: €95.94