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

Flying Tumbler The Roller New In

Flying Tumbler The Roller

70cl

Aged exclusively in 1st fill ex-bourbon casks for at least 5 years. This single grain whiskey opens ..

€44.00 Ex Tax: €35.77

Flying Tumbler The Tippler New In

Flying Tumbler The Tippler

70cl

The latest release from Flying Tumbler! This expression is a complex and deep 12 Year Old blend..

€79.00 Ex Tax: €64.23

Foxes Bow Whiskey Release 01 New In

Foxes Bow Whiskey Release 01

70cl

The first release from Foxes Bow Whiskey, created by Alt liquor Co based in Limerick! A tr..

€39.00 Ex Tax: €31.71

Gelston's 15 Year Old Sherry Cask Finish Single Malt

70cl

A boisterous and fruit-driven 15 Year Old single malt which was matured initially for a minimum peri..

€99.00 Ex Tax: €80.49

Gelston's 5 Year Old Single Malt

70cl

A new edition to the Gelston's family, their 5 Year Old has been finished in Sherry Casks. Despi..

€49.00 Ex Tax: €39.84

Gelston's Blended Irish Whiskey New In

Gelston's Blended Irish Whiskey

70cl

Samuel Gelston’s Blend is a smooth, triple-distilled blended Irish whiskey matured in ex-bourb..

€34.00 Ex Tax: €27.64

Gelston's Single Malt

70cl

The latest edition to the Gelston family, this Single Malt is finished in Bourbon Casks adding a sof..

€34.00 Ex Tax: €27.64

Gelston's Single Pot Still

70cl

A single pot still whiskey made at a single distillery and created using copper pot stills. This has..

€39.00 Ex Tax: €31.70

Gelston's Single Pot Still Pinot Noir Cask New In

Gelston's Single Pot Still Pinot Noir Cask

70cl

Samuel Gelston's Single Pot Still Pinor Noir Cask is the result of a collaboration bet..

€48.00 Ex Tax: €39.02

Glendalough 25 Year Old

70cl

The first Irish Single Malt to be aged in Irish Oak — the Glendalough 25 Year Old. This limite..

€420.00 Ex Tax: €341.46

Glendalough 7 Year Old Mizunara Cask New In

Glendalough 7 Year Old Mizunara Cask

70cl

This wonderful whiskey is initially matured in America Oak Bourbon Casks and finished in the Mizunar..

€85.00 Ex Tax: €69.11

Glendalough Double Barrel Single Grain

70cl

Glendalough double barrel is a unique single grain Irish whiskey that has been aged in both ex-Bourb..

€37.00 Ex Tax: €30.08

Glendalough Madeira Cask

70cl

An exceptional Single Cask whiskey which has been finished in a canteiro Madeira barrel. E..

€79.50 Ex Tax: €64.63

Glendalough Pot Still

70cl

The Glendalough Pot Still was made from a 1:2 mash bill of malted and unmalted Irish barley, ma..

€55.00 Ex Tax: €44.72

Glendalough Whiskey Miniature 3 Pack

5cl x 3

Three award winning Glendalough single grain whiskeys: Double Barrel, Triple Barrel and a Single Cas..

€20.00 Ex Tax: €16.26

Grace O'Malley 18 Year Old Cognac Finish

70cl

A legendary Single Malt – The last of its generation. Grace O’Malley 18 Year Old Si..

€535.00 Ex Tax: €434.96