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

Midleton Very Rare 1984

70 cl

A rare and hard to find bottle of Midleton. 1984 was the year in which this range of premium whiskey..

€2,500.00 Ex Tax: €2,032.52

Midleton 25 Year Old Pure Pot Still

70 cl

Reputed to be one of the best Irish whiskeys ever bottled. This is a pure (single) pot still whis..

€2,500.00 Ex Tax: €2,032.52

Midleton Dair Ghaelach Knockrath Full Set Trees 1-7

70cl x 7

For this 3rd release in the series- the team have worked with Knockrath Estate in Co. Wicklow to sus..

€2,170.00 Ex Tax: €1,764.23

Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach Kylebeg Full Set Trees 1-7 New In

Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach Kylebeg Full Set Trees 1-7

7 x 700cl

These 7 whiskeys have been finished in casks made from virgin Irish oak grown in Kylebeg Wood o..

€2,170.00 Ex Tax: €1,764.23

Method & Madness 31 Year Old Single Grain #21617

75cl

The limited edition Single Grain Irish Whiskey 31 Year Old has been matured in an ex-Bourbon cask fo..

€2,145.00 Ex Tax: €1,743.90

Teeling 32 Year-Old Single Malt Rum Finish New In

Teeling 32 Year-Old Single Malt Rum Finish

70cl

Introducing the latest bottling from Teeling's Vintage Reserve Collection! The limited edition V..

€2,000.00 Ex Tax: €1,626.02

Teeling 32 Year Old Single Malt Rum & PX Sherry Cask New In

Teeling 32 Year Old Single Malt Rum & PX Sherry Cask

70cl

Teeling 32-Year-Old Single Malt was distilled in 1989, initially matured in ex-rum casks before..

€2,000.00 Ex Tax: €1,626.02

Knappogue Castle 1951 Pure Pot Still

75 cl

The 1951 Knappogue Castle now has a legendary status amongst Irish whiskeys. The old Tullamore Disti..

€1,800.00 Ex Tax: €1,463.41

Green Spot 10 Year Old Half Bottle

35cl estimated

Most likely dating from some time between the 1950s and 1970s. This is a rare bottle of the old Gree..

€1,750.00 Ex Tax: €1,422.77

Dunvilles Special Liqueur Whisky

70 cl

This is a very rare old Irish whisky (note the spelling without the 'e' in this case). Dunvi..

€1,700.00 Ex Tax: €1,382.11

Jameson Pre 1919 J Regan Bottling

This is a very rare Jameson in an old aquamarine hand blown glass bottle. The label states it i..

€1,500.00 Ex Tax: €1,219.51

The Dingle Celt

70cl

The Dingle Celt is an extremely rare bottling from a single cask of Dingle Single Malt. Situated on ..

€1,500.00 Ex Tax: €1,219.51

Midleton Very Rare 2009

70 cl

A hard to find bottle of Midleton Very Rare. Very few bottles were made of the 2009 release, so thes..

€1,500.00 Ex Tax: €1,219.51

Midleton Very Rare 1992

70 cl

A rare bottling from Midleton's Very Rare series. Now very hard to find. Midleton is a very smoo..

€1,500.00 Ex Tax: €1,219.51

John Jameson 10 Year Old Backhouse & Company Bottling

70 cl

Bottled by H. Backhouse and Co. Dundalk, this is a rare old 10 year old bottle of Jameson. The label..

€1,500.00 Ex Tax: €1,219.51