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

Bushmills 1982 Millennium Bottling

70 cl

One of the rarer of the Bushmills Millenium Single Cask bottlings. This single malt is bottled at ca..

€450.00 Ex Tax: €365.86

Bushmills 21 Year Old Single Malt

70cl

The 21-year-old Bushmills is the oldest whiskey in the standard distillery range. It is a remarkably..

€175.00 Ex Tax: €142.27

Bushmills 4/5 Quart New York Import

4/5 Quart

This old bottle of Bushmills most likely dates from the late 1940s or 1950s. The contents are descri..

€225.00 Ex Tax: €182.93

Bushmills 5 Year Old Single Malt

70 cl

Bushmills produced this five-year-old single malt whiskey for the Italian market, most likely in the..

€250.00 Ex Tax: €203.25

Bushmills 9 Year Old 1950s Bottling

75 cl

This is an old Italian import of Bushmills whiskey that most likely dates from the 1950s. The bottle..

€149.99 Ex Tax: €121.94

Bushmills Black Bush

70 cl

Black Bush is classed as the 'deluxe' blend from Bushmills and it has a lot of loyal fans ac..

€33.99 Ex Tax: €27.63

Bushmills Bourbon 1990 Cask 4651

70cl

A limited edition single malt whiskey that was made exclusively for La Maison du Whisky in Paris. Th..

€89.99 Ex Tax: €73.16

Bushmills Bourbon Cask 168 1993

70cl

Now very rare. This was a single Bourbon cask bottling that was made for us by the good people at Bu..

€89.99 Ex Tax: €73.16

Bushmills Bourbon Cask 18553 1982

70cl

Made for World of Whiskies, one of the airport whisk(e)y retailers in the UK. This is a fine single ..

€89.99 Ex Tax: €73.16

Bushmills Bourbon Cask 8158 1989

70cl

Distilled in 1989 and bottled in 2005 after being matured in a single Bourbon barrel. This was made ..

€89.99 Ex Tax: €73.16

Bushmills Causeway Collection 1995 Malaga Cask New In

Bushmills Causeway Collection 1995 Malaga Cask

70cl

The 1995 Malaga Cask is a limited edition rare cask finished, cask strength (53.5% ABV) and non chil..

€400.00 Ex Tax: €325.20

Bushmills Causeway Collection 2008 Muscatel Cask New In

Bushmills Causeway Collection 2008 Muscatel Cask

70cl

The 2008 Muscatel Cask is a limited edition rare cask finished, cask strength (56.4% ABV) and non ch..

€100.00 Ex Tax: €81.30

Bushmills Causeway Collection Virtual Tasting Including Delivery New In

Bushmills Causeway Collection Virtual Tasting Including Delivery

2 x 60ml (packaged as 4 x 30ml- 2 samples of each whiskey)

Our next tasting pack from Celtic Whiskey — bespoke, virtual tastings which will be available ..

€35.00 Ex Tax: €28.46

Bushmills Millennium 1975 Single Cask

70 cl

  This precious whiskey was originally laid down back in 1975 in bourbon casks with an eye o..

€299.99 Ex Tax: €243.90

Bushmills Original

70cl

Bushmills Original is also known as 'White Bush' and is the flagship blend from Bushmills di..

€29.99 Ex Tax: €24.39

Bushmills Red Bush

70cl

Another addition to our ever expanding Bushmills collection, Bushmills Red Bush. This triple di..

€31.00 Ex Tax: €25.20