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

Wild Geese Rare Blend

70cl

The Wild Geese Rare is distilled by Cooley Distillery for the Avalon Group. Double distilled, unpeat..

€62.50 Ex Tax: €50.81

Wild Geese Single Malt

70cl

Double distilled, unpeated, single malt whiskey from the award winning Cooley Distillery in County L..

€82.00 Ex Tax: €66.67

Wise Owl Irish Whiskey New In

Wise Owl Irish Whiskey

70cl

A relatively young whiskey that is triple distilled and finished in a range of different casks...

€42.00 Ex Tax: €34.14

Writers Tears Cask Strength 2012 Release

70cl

This comes from some recently discovered old stock of the 2012 Writers Tears Cask Strength and is jo..

€140.00 Ex Tax: €113.82

Writers Tears Cask Strength 2013 Edition

70cl

We recently got a surprise consignment of this whiskey along with some of the 2012 edition. We just ..

€150.00 Ex Tax: €121.95

Writers Tears Cask Strength 2017

70cl

Bottled at 53% and limited to 5,280 bottles, the 2017 Cask Strength boasts notes of butterscotch, ho..

€90.00 Ex Tax: €73.17

Writers Tears Cask Strength 2018

70cl

 The 8th release of the super-premium Writers’ Tears Cask Strength whiskey is limite..

€150.00 Ex Tax: €121.95

Writers Tears Cask Strength 2019

70cl

Here we have the 9th annual release of the Writers Tears Cask Strength, a rare vatting of aged ..

€140.00 Ex Tax: €113.82

Writers Tears Cask Strength 2021 70cl New In

Writers Tears Cask Strength 2021 70cl

70cl

A limited edition with a total number of bottles of 6000 being released. This is a unique blend..

€130.00 Ex Tax: €105.69

Writers Tears Cask Strength 2022 New In

Writers Tears Cask Strength 2022

70cl

An exceptional marriage of aged Single Pot Still and aged Single Malt Irish whiskeys, bursting with ..

€140.00 Ex Tax: €113.82

Writers Tears Copper Pot Florio Marsala Cask Finish

70cl

Another delicious release from the Writers' Tears range, the Writers' Tears Copper Pot ..

€79.50 Ex Tax: €64.63

Writers Tears Copper Pot Old Label New In

Writers Tears Copper Pot Old Label

70cl

This is a fine whiskey, which strictly speaking is a blend but only contains pot still whiskey and m..

€40.00 Ex Tax: €32.52

Writers Tears Inniskillen Icewine Finish New In

Writers Tears Inniskillen Icewine Finish

70cl

This 23rd expression from Walsh Whiskey founders, Bernard & Rosemary Walsh is the..

€69.99 Ex Tax: €56.90

Writers Tears Mini Gift Book

3x5cl

A great little gift pack containing 3 miniatures of the hugely popular Writers Tears Copper Pot whis..

€20.00 Ex Tax: €16.26

Writers Tears Mizunara Japanese Oak Cask Finish

70cl

A unique of aged Single Malt and Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey. Initially matured in American Oak e..

€90.00 Ex Tax: €73.17

Writers Tears Red Head Single Malt

70cl

A superb single malt from Walsh Whiskey. This has been matured in Oloroso Sherry casks which have ad..

€62.00 Ex Tax: €50.41