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 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 Caribbean Rum Cask Finish New In

Bushmills Caribbean Rum Cask Finish

70cl

A very welcome new addition to the core range of Bushmills. This expression has used high quali..

€35.00 Ex Tax: €28.46

Bushmills Causeway Collection 10 Year Old Cognac Cask New In

Bushmills Causeway Collection 10 Year Old Cognac Cask

70cl

Part of the Causeway Collection, this Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt has been matured in both Olo..

€99.95 Ex Tax: €81.26

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..

€475.00 Ex Tax: €386.18

Bushmills Causeway Collection 1995 Marsala Cask  New In

Bushmills Causeway Collection 1995 Marsala Cask

70cl

This 1995  Marsala cask is a limited edition rare cask finished, cask strength, and non ch..

€410.00 Ex Tax: €333.33

Bushmills Causeway Collection 2008 Jupille Cask New In

Bushmills Causeway Collection 2008 Jupille Cask

70cl

A previously exclusive release in the Causeway Collection that is now available. This 2008 Jupille C..

€168.00 Ex Tax: €136.59

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 Sauternes 2011 New In

Bushmills Causeway Collection Sauternes 2011

70cl

The 2011 Sauternes Cask is a limited edition rare cask finished, cask strength, and non chill-filter..

€110.00 Ex Tax: €89.43

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..

€31.00 Ex Tax: €25.20

Bushmills Red Bush

70cl

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

€33.50 Ex Tax: €27.24

Bushmills Rum Cask 16275 1989

70cl

A single cask Bushmills that was aged entrirely in a rum cask. This was distilled in 1989 and bottle..

€89.99 Ex Tax: €73.16

Bushmills Sherry Cask 5229 1993

70cl

This was bottled for us as a special single cask release around the mid 2000s. A very special, and g..

€89.99 Ex Tax: €73.16

Bushmills Sherry Cask 7434 1989

70cl

A single sherry cask matured bottling of Bushmills whiskey. This was distilled in 1989 and bottled a..

€89.99 Ex Tax: €73.16

Bushmills Single Sherry Cask 9137 1991

70cl

Made for La Maison du Whisky in Paris. This was matured in a single Sherry hogshead and was limited ..

€99.99 Ex Tax: €81.29

Bushmills Steamship Collection Port Cask

70cl

A wonderful expression of Bushmills single malt that was originally released for travel retail. This..

€95.00 Ex Tax: €77.24