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

 Gelston's 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey New In

Gelston's 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey

70cl

Samuel Gelston's 12 year old is a limited release of superlative Single Malt Irish whiskey, matu..

€66.00 Ex Tax: €53.66

 Mourne Dew Single Malt Irish Whiskey New In

Mourne Dew Single Malt Irish Whiskey

70cl

From County Down comes this rich dram that's blended with peated and unpeated malt. This si..

€60.00 Ex Tax: €48.78

21C Limited Edition Batch 2 (2019 Whiskey Live Exclusive)

70cl

The most recent release of 21C Irish Whiskey. A unique blend from the 16 Irish distilleries, this bl..

€150.00 Ex Tax: €121.95

21c Limited Edition Batch 3 2020 Release Cask Strength 70cl New In

21c Limited Edition Batch 3 2020 Release Cask Strength 70cl

70cl

Our *slightly delayed* release of the 2020 edition of 21c. Usually we release this special bottling ..

€150.00 Ex Tax: €121.95

An Fear Grinn 16 Year Old

70cl

A 16 Year Old Single Cask Single Malt which has been matured in bourbon barrels and bottled at cask ..

€225.00 Ex Tax: €182.93

An Fear Grinn Against the Grain New In

An Fear Grinn Against the Grain

70cl

This Irish Whiskey is a peated single malt with a difference! A non chill filtered, triple-distilled..

€64.00 Ex Tax: €52.03

An Fear Grinn Gullion New In

An Fear Grinn Gullion

70cl

Introducing the first single cask Pot Still from An Fear Grinn. This whiskey spent over 5 years in B..

€75.00 Ex Tax: €60.98

An Fear Grinn Móinteach New In

An Fear Grinn Móinteach

70cl

Continuing the peated theme sees the new inaugural expression of Irish style móinteach&n..

€65.00 Ex Tax: €52.85

An Fear Grinn Tide's In New In

An Fear Grinn Tide's In

70cl

After 13 long years ageing in wood, the Tide is In at long last with this limited release. An Fear G..

€87.00 Ex Tax: €70.73

Athru 16 Year Old PX Single Cask Release New In

Athru 16 Year Old PX Single Cask Release

Lough Gill has produced a special and extremely delicious whiskey with the Athru 16 Year Old Px..

€135.00 Ex Tax: €109.76

Athru 17 Year Old Oloroso Single Cask Release New In

Athru 17 Year Old Oloroso Single Cask Release

70cl

The newest addition to Athru a 17-year old Oloroso finish Single Cask - an exceptional example ..

€165.00 Ex Tax: €134.15

Athru Annacoona

70cl

An exceptional 14 year old single malt that has been matured in the finest Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso..

€132.00 Ex Tax: €107.32

Athru Keshcorran

70cl

A 14 Year Old single malt whiskey that has been finished in Hungarian Tokaji casks and nam..

€145.00 Ex Tax: €117.89

Athru Knocknarea

70cl

The second expression from the Athru range, the Athru Knocknarea. A 14 Year Old single malt that was..

€145.00 Ex Tax: €117.89

Athru Mini Trilogy 3 X 5cl New In

Athru Mini Trilogy 3 X 5cl

3 x 5cl

Gift box set of the three 14 year Athrú single malt whiskies. Individual 50ml bottles of the ..

€35.00 Ex Tax: €28.46

Athru Oloroso Sherry Single Cask Release New In

Athru Oloroso Sherry Single Cask Release

70cl

This single cask yielded just 295 bottles and after spending 6 years in an Oloroso sherry barrel, it..

€95.00 Ex Tax: €77.24