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

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: €12.20

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: €35.73

Connemara Turf Mor 46%

70cl

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

€95.00 Ex Tax: €77.24

Copeland Merchants Quay Blended Irish Whiskey New In

Copeland Merchants Quay Blended Irish Whiskey

70cl

A smooth, rich Irish whiskey made from a unique blend of three whiskeys – grain whiskey, doubl..

€40.00 Ex Tax: €32.52

Cork Distilleries Co 7 Year Old Paddy Flaherty

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

€2,500.00 Ex Tax: €2,032.52

Cork Distilleries Fine Old Cork Whisky 7 Year Old

70cl

Distilled at the North Mall Distillery in Cork City. This is a rare old whisky that was bottled at 7..

€375.00 Ex Tax: €304.87

Croithli Coillin Darach Quercus Alba New In

Croithli Coillin Darach Quercus Alba

70cl

From Crolly distillery's Coillín Darach Oak Series comes Coillin Darach Quercus Alba! Thi..

€79.00 Ex Tax: €64.23

Croithli Coillin Darach Robur New In

Croithli Coillin Darach Robur

70cl

This release from Crolly Distillery marks an exciting departure away from traditional 'spir..

€79.00 Ex Tax: €64.23

Croithli Coillin Darach Sessile New In

Croithli Coillin Darach Sessile

70cl

From the Coillín Darach Oak Series, the delicious and unique Coillin Darach Sessile! This&nbs..

€79.00 Ex Tax: €64.23

Currach Founders Cask Strength Irish Single Malt

70cl

A limited edition expression following the release of the Currach Irish Single Malt, the Currach Fou..

€110.00 Ex Tax: €89.43

Currach Founders Wakame Seaweed Single Malt Cask Strength New In

Currach Founders Wakame Seaweed Single Malt Cask Strength

70cl

Currach are the first Irish whiskeys to be aged in seaweed charred casks. This is the second release..

€110.00 Ex Tax: €89.43

Currach Kombu Single Malt

70cl

From the creators of Kalak Single Malt Vodka and Ornabrak Single Malt Gin, Origin Spirits welcome in..

€58.50 Ex Tax: €47.56

Dingle Ashes Bar & Restaurant Founding Father Single Cask

70cl

Here we have a Single Malt Sherry Butt, some of the very first distillate to come from Dingle Distil..

€150.00 Ex Tax: €121.95

Dingle Cask Strength Batch 4

70cl

This cask strength limited edition release of the Batch No. 4 whiskey reflects the original fla..

€350.00 Ex Tax: €284.56

Dingle Cask Strength Single Malt Batch 2

70cl

This is the second single malt cask strength to be released, which has been matured in Pedro ..

€400.00 Ex Tax: €325.20

Dingle Cask Strength Single Malt Batch No. 1

70cl

Herbal, grain, malted barley and light oak notes on the nose. Subtle citrus, vanilla and honey ..

€1,250.00 Ex Tax: €1,016.26