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

Glasnevin Rebel's Choice Blended Whiskey New In

Glasnevin Rebel's Choice Blended Whiskey

70cl

A superb Triple-Distilled Irish blend that has been matured in a combination of traditional whiskey ..

€39.00 Ex Tax: €31.71

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 Pot Still

70cl

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

€56.50 Ex Tax: €45.94

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 Port Finish Irish Whiskey New In

Grace O'Malley 18 Year Old Port Finish Irish Whiskey

70cl

The latest expression from Grace O'Malley Whiskey. This 18 Year Old Single Malt received a port ..

€199.00 Ex Tax: €161.79

Grace O'Malley Blended Irish Whiskey

70cl

Grace O'Malley Blended Irish Whiskey uses a combination of multiple batches of whiskey of v..

€36.00 Ex Tax: €29.27

Grace O'Malley Dark Char Cask Limited Edition

70cl

Grace O'Malley Dark Char Cask Whiskey is a superior blend, combining multiple batches of whiskey..

€59.00 Ex Tax: €47.97

Grace O’Malley Rum Cask Irish Whiskey

70cl

Created from a unique blend of malt and grain whiskeys, this blend combines multiple b..

€61.00 Ex Tax: €49.59

Green Spot Chateau Léoville Barton

70cl

Their origins in history, two stories of Irish endeavour and enterprise intertwine and together are ..

€76.00 Ex Tax: €61.79

Green Spot Chateau Montelena

70cl

The second release of the Wine Green Spot series, following on from the Green Spot Chateau..

€76.00 Ex Tax: €61.79

Green Spot Single Pot Still

70cl

Green Spot is a 100% pure pot still whiskey that can trace its roots to the early 1900s, when Jameso..

€65.00 Ex Tax: €52.85

Grey Coast New In

Grey Coast

70cl

Grey Coast Irish Whiskey is a collaboration between professional golfer Graeme McDowell and family-o..

€45.00 Ex Tax: €36.59

Ha'penny Blend Whiskey

70cl

A honeyed, malt-driven blended Irish whisky from Ha'penny, named after the Ha'penny Bridge a..

€53.00 Ex Tax: €43.09

Hinch 10 Year Old Sherry Cask Finish

70cl

Created by the Hinch Distillery Co. in the beautiful Killaney Estate just South of Belfast. This 10 ..

€53.00 Ex Tax: €43.09

Hinch 5 Year Old Double Wood Irish Whiskey

70cl

A delicious blended Irish whiskey that is created by selecting the best bourbon cask matured whiskey..

€48.50 Ex Tax: €39.43

Hinch Peated Single Malt

70cl

A welcome addition to the few Irish peated whiskeys on the market, the Hinch peated single malt. Swe..

€45.00 Ex Tax: €36.59