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

Jameson J Regan Bottling

A rare old Jameson bottle in aquamarine glass and bottled by John Regan, Ballagheradeen, County R..

€1,500.00 Ex Tax: €1,219.51

Jameson 12 Year Old Sherry Matured Alex Findlater

Not stated

Most likely from the 1960s. This Jameson whiskey was bottled by the famous firm of Alex Findlater an..

€1,500.00 Ex Tax: €1,219.51

Bushmills 1900s Antique Bottle

70cl

This is most likely the oldest Bushmills whiskey we have ever seen and could even be the oldest bott..

€1,250.00 Ex Tax: €1,016.26

Dingle Cask Strength Single Malt Batch No. 1

70cl

Herbal, grain, malted barley and light oak notes on the nose. Subtle citrus, vanilla and honey ..

€1,250.00 Ex Tax: €1,016.26

Midleton Very Rare 1995

70 cl

An old bottle from Midleton's Very Rare series. This was bottled in 1995 and is very smooth, yet..

€1,000.00 Ex Tax: €813.01

Midleton Very Rare 1994

70 cl

A rare old bottle from Midelton's Very Rare series. These whiskeys are very collectible and have..

€1,000.00 Ex Tax: €813.01

Jameson 16 Year Old McAlister Bottling

Thought to have been bottled in the 1960s or earlier this is a rare 16 year old Jameson that wa..

€1,000.00 Ex Tax: €813.01

Dunvilles Special Liqueur Whisky 1/2 Bottle

35 cl

Here we have a very rare bottle from the old Royal Irish Distillery in Belfast. This certainly pre-d..

€1,000.00 Ex Tax: €813.01

Jameson Liqueur Whiskey Whites Blue Label

Showing quite a bit of label damage. This is a Jameson 'Liqueur' Whiskey that was bottled by..

€1,000.00 Ex Tax: €813.01

Dungourney 1964 Pure Pot Still Special Reserve

70 cl

Dungourney whiskey was born when, in 1994, master distillery Barry Crockett found some whiskey in wa..

€999.99 Ex Tax: €813.00

Green Spot 12 Year Old

70cl

The Greenspot 12 Year Old is an incredibly special single pot still whiskey that was released to cel..

€999.99 Ex Tax: €813.00

Teeling 30 Year Old Single Malt New In

Teeling 30 Year Old Single Malt

Building on the success of the Teeling 24 Year Old (Best Single Malt 2019 WWA) and Teeling 28 Year O..

€950.00 Ex Tax: €772.36

Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve

70 cl

The Jameson Vintage Reserve is a very special blend that draws its components from some of the oldes..

€850.00 Ex Tax: €691.06

Midleton Single Cask 95991

70 cl

An unusual and very rare single cask, one of the first to made for us here at the Celtic Whiskey Sho..

€800.00 Ex Tax: €650.41

Jameson 10 Year Old T W Begge Bottling

An old John Jameson whiskey that was bottled by T.W. Begge of Bachelor's Walk in Dublin. The fil..

€800.00 Ex Tax: €650.41

Midleton Finest Whisky Fifteen Year Old

70 cl

This is rare old bottle from the Old Midleton Distillery in County Cork. Bottled by the Cork Distill..

€800.00 Ex Tax: €650.40