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

Clonakilty Single Grain Bordeaux Finish

70cl

An eight year old single grain that has been finished in Bordeaux casks. The first batch is lim..

€52.00 Ex Tax: €42.98

Clonmel Old and Mellow Single Malt

70cl

Bottled by the Celtic Whiskey Compagnie who are based in Brittany, France and now operate the Glann ..

€160.00 Ex Tax: €132.23

Clontarf Classic Blend

70cl

A soft and smooth blended Irish whiskey, great for mixing or serving with ice. Clontarf Classic Blen..

€29.99 Ex Tax: €24.79

Clontarf Single Malt

70cl

Clontarf Single Malt is triple distilled at Bushmills distillery and aged in bourbon casks. Soft, fr..

€36.99 Ex Tax: €30.57

Coleraine Irish Whiskey 70cl New In

Coleraine Irish Whiskey 70cl

70cl

A blended whiskey that is produced by Irish Distillers. This is primarily sold in the areas sur..

€35.00 Ex Tax: €28.93

Connemara 12 Year Old

70cl

The 12-year-old edition of Connemara single malt has a full, rounded and complex flavour that is bot..

€79.00 Ex Tax: €65.29

Connemara 22 Year Old

70cl

A great addition to the Connemara range. This 22-year-old has been drawn from some of the earliest b..

€350.00 Ex Tax: €289.26

Connemara Bog Oak

70cl

The Connemara Bog Oak is a limited edition that was drawn from just three casks that yielded around ..

€147.56 Ex Tax: €121.95

Connemara Cask Strength

70cl

This is the full strength Connemara which is bottled at the natural strength at which it leaves the ..

€78.70 Ex Tax: €65.04

Connemara Cask Strength Older Label

70cl

From around the early 2000s. This is a cask strength Connemara peated single malt from the Cooley di..

€120.00 Ex Tax: €99.17

Connemara Distillers Edition Single Malt

70cl

An excellent expression of Connemara peated Irish single malt whiskey, presented as their Distillers..

€80.00 Ex Tax: €66.12

Connemara Marble Whiskey Stones New In

Connemara Marble Whiskey Stones

Set of x4 Reusable whiskey stones made from 100% Genuine Connemara Marble. These stones keep your dr..

€15.00 Ex Tax: €12.40

Connemara Peated Irish Single Malt

70cl

Connemara is rare amongst Irish whiskey, its hook being the smokiness associated with the malts prod..

€43.95 Ex Tax: €36.32

Connemara RARE Single Cask Tasting New In

Connemara RARE Single Cask Tasting

4 x 30ml samples

We're excited to bring you our first TASTING from Celtic Whiskey — bespoke, virtual t..

€47.00 Ex Tax: €38.84

Connemara Turf Mor 46%

70cl

A welcome return of Turf Mór, Connemara's even peatier stablemate.This is intensely smoky..

€95.00 Ex Tax: €78.51

Cork Distilleries Co 7 Year Old Paddy Flaherty

Bottled before 1912 before Cork Distilleries rebranded their whiskey as 'Paddy', this m..

€2,459.35 Ex Tax: €2,032.52