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

Dingle Single Malt SuperValu Exclusive

70cl

A marriage of two casks, one ex-Bourbon and one ex-Port, and bottled for Irish retail chain Superval..

€400.00 Ex Tax: €325.20

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

Dingle Single Pot Still Batch 3 New In

Dingle Single Pot Still Batch 3

70cl

The highly anticipated third release of the Dingle Single Pot Still has been matured in a combinatio..

€95.00 Ex Tax: €77.24

Dingle Single Pot Still Batch 4 New In

Dingle Single Pot Still Batch 4

70cl

The highly anticipated fourth release of the small batch single pot still whiskey from Dingle Disiti..

€95.00 Ex Tax: €77.24

Drumshanbo Inaugural Release Single Pot Still New In

Drumshanbo Inaugural Release Single Pot Still

70cl

The Drumshanbo inaugural release is a triple distilled Single Pot Still with a mash bill of malted I..

€80.00 Ex Tax: €65.04

Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Whiskey 43% New In

Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Whiskey 43%

70cl

Triple Distilled at The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney, Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim. This single batch whis..

€51.00 Ex Tax: €41.46

Dublin Liberties Copper Alley

70cl

This is a 10 year old single malt that was initially aged in traditional ex-American Bourbon oak bef..

€60.00 Ex Tax: €48.78

Dublin Liberties Keepers Coin

70cl

A 16 Year Old Single Malt which was initially matured in ex-Bourbon barrels before being finish..

€320.00 Ex Tax: €260.16

Dublin Liberties King of Hell No. 4 27 Year Old Single Malt

70cl

Here we have the extremely rare and exclusive Dublin Liberties King of Hell No. 4 27 Year Old S..

€2,700.00 Ex Tax: €2,195.12

Dublin Liberties Murder Lane

70cl

Named after an unmarked alley between Bow Street & James Street in Dublin. In the early 1600'..

€160.00 Ex Tax: €130.08

Dublin Liberties Oak Devil

70cl

Liberties is a blended Irish whiskey that has been aged for over 3 years and is bottled without chil..

€49.00 Ex Tax: €39.84

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

Dunphys Irish Whiskey

70cl

An easy going and easy on the pocket whiskey from Midleton distillery. Dunphy's was first produc..

€23.99 Ex Tax: €19.51

Dunville's 20 Year Old Oloroso & PX Sherry Casks Finish New In

Dunville's 20 Year Old Oloroso & PX Sherry Casks Finish

70cl

The latest and very special release from the Echlinville Distillery. This is the Dunville's 20 Y..

€247.50 Ex Tax: €201.22

Dunvilles PX Cask 10 Year Old

70 cl

Dunvilles is the famous old brand that was once made in Belfast's Royal Irish Distillery. Sadly ..

€69.99 Ex Tax: €56.91

Dunvilles PX Cask 12 Year Old

70cl

A very welcome addition to the Dunville's Irish Whiskey range, the 12 Year Old PX Cask. Similar ..

€100.00 Ex Tax: €81.30