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

Blackwater Velvet Cap Bordeaux Cask Single Malt New In

Blackwater Velvet Cap Bordeaux Cask Single Malt

70cl

An exciting single malt release from Blackwater won Gold at the Irish Whiskey Masters 2022. Mat..

€55.00 Ex Tax: €44.72

Blackwater Velvet Cap Peated Irish Whiskey New In

Blackwater Velvet Cap Peated Irish Whiskey

70cl

Gold winner at the Irish Whiskey Masters 2022! This special release is made with turf-dried mal..

€55.00 Ex Tax: €44.72

Blue Spot 7 Year Old Cask Strength New In

Blue Spot 7 Year Old Cask Strength

70cl

The highly anticipated collaboration from Irish Distillers and Mitchells & Sons, Blue Spot 7 Yea..

€80.00 Ex Tax: €65.04

Boston Bakers Irish Whiskey New In

Boston Bakers Irish Whiskey

70cl

A superb Irish whiskey made from a combined blend of malt whiskies that have been aged in imperial s..

€45.50 Ex Tax: €36.99

Bua Irish Whiskey Small Batch

70cl

Bua is the Irish word for win or victory and Bua Irish Whiskey celebrates the aspirational underdog ..

€49.00 Ex Tax: €39.84

Bunratty Irish Whiskey 70cl New In

Bunratty Irish Whiskey 70cl

 An exciting Triple Barrell-aged premium blend whiskey from Bunratty. This blend of Malt and Gr..

€37.50 Ex Tax: €30.49

Burke's 14 Year Old Single Malt Single Cask

70cl

A first release from the Great Northern Distillery, but in this case using whiskey that was distille..

€135.00 Ex Tax: €109.76

Burke's 15 Year Old Single Cask 7865

70cl

From John Teeling's GND distillery. These are effectively the second round of releases albeit fr..

€132.00 Ex Tax: €107.32

Burke's 15 Year Old Single Cask 7866

70cl

From John Teeling's GND distillery. These are effectively the second round of releases albeit fr..

€132.00 Ex Tax: €107.32

Burke's 15 Year Old Single Cask 7869

70cl

From John Teeling's GND distillery. These are effectively the second round of releases albeit fr..

€132.00 Ex Tax: €107.32

Burke's 15 Year Old Single Cask 7870

70cl

From John Teeling's GND distillery. These are effectively the second round of releases albeit fr..

€132.00 Ex Tax: €107.32

Bushmills 10 Year Old 1/2 Bottle

35 cl

Most likely dating from the 1990s or early 2000s. This is an old bottle of Bushmills 10 Year Old and..

€49.99 Ex Tax: €40.65

Bushmills 10 Year Old Sherry Cask Finish (1 Litre) New In

Bushmills 10 Year Old Sherry Cask Finish (1 Litre)

100cl

We have managed to source a small amount of this Travel Retail Exclusive! A limited edition Bushmill..

€75.00 Ex Tax: €60.98

Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt

70cl

This has been the standard single malt release from Bushmills for many years and is drawn from tripl..

€48.00 Ex Tax: €39.02

Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt Old Bottling

70cl

An old bottle of Bushmills 10 Year Old from around the year 2000.  ..

€100.00 Ex Tax: €81.30

Bushmills 12 Year Old Distillery Reserve

70cl

Only ever available from the distillery. This is a special bottling of 12 year old Bushmills single ..

€59.99 Ex Tax: €48.77