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

Erin Go Bragh 6 Year Old Single Malt

This single malt whiskey from Midleton is a real curiosity. Every few years, the distillery makes ba..

€600.00 Ex Tax: €487.80

Powers Special 15 Year Old Black Label

75 cl

From the old John's Lane Powers distillery and bottled at some point between 1971 and 1976. This..

€599.99 Ex Tax: €487.80

Blacks Single Malt 18 Year Old Rum Cask Finish New In

Blacks Single Malt 18 Year Old Rum Cask Finish

70cl

A very special release of 18 year old from Black's Distillery in Kinsale County Cork. For this s..

€590.00 Ex Tax: €479.67

Midleton Very Rare 2008

70 cl

A 2008 release of Midleton Very Rare that is now getting quite hard to find. ..

€550.00 Ex Tax: €447.15

Dingle Single Malt Batch 1

70cl

Incredible first release from the Dingle Distillery. Exhibiting unique character and a great sign of..

€550.00 Ex Tax: €447.15

Redbreast 27 Year Old Single Pot Still

70cl

Master winner at the Irish Whiskey Masters in both 2021 and 2022! This release is the oldest pe..

€540.00 Ex Tax: €439.02

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

Old Comber 30 Year Old Pure Pot Still

70 cl

This is a rare old whiskey from the Old Comber distillery which was situated in the town of Comber i..

€525.00 Ex Tax: €426.83

Scottish Malt Whisky Society Bushmills 51.1

75 cl

A rare bottling of Bushmills from the Scottish Malt Whisky Society. This was distilled in Dec 1975 a..

€500.00 Ex Tax: €406.50

Tullamore Dew Old Crock

1 cl

This is an old bottle of Tullamore Dew. The crock is an old stoneware jug and is larger than the ..

€500.00 Ex Tax: €406.50

Midleton Very Rare 2013

70 cl

A recent bottle of Midleton Very Rare that was released in 2013. A lovely smooth, yet complex whiske..

€500.00 Ex Tax: €406.50

Midleton Very Rare 2011

70cl

A rare and collectible bottle of Midleton Rare from the 2011 vintage.  ..

€500.00 Ex Tax: €406.50

Midleton Very Rare 2014

70 cl

This is the latest release from the Midleton Very Rare range. The Very Rare series started in 1984 t..

€500.00 Ex Tax: €406.50

Dingle Single Pot Still 1st Release

70cl

An iconic release of the first Dingle single pot still whiskey, matured in Pedro Ximenez casks ..

€500.00 Ex Tax: €406.50

Celtic Cask Tríocha (30) 1991 29 Year Old Pedro Ximenez Cask Finish New In

Celtic Cask Tríocha (30) 1991 29 Year Old Pedro Ximenez Cask Finish

70cl

Our second last cask of 1991 Single Malt that was double distilled on the island of Ireland. It was ..

€500.00 Ex Tax: €406.50