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 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

Bushmills Steamship Rum Cask

70cl

The fourth expression from the Bushmills Steamship Collection, here we have the Rum Cask Reserve. Re..

€120.00 Ex Tax: €97.56

Bushmills Steamship Sherry Cask

100cl

The first release in the Bushmills Steamship range. This was initially intended for Travel Retail on..

€83.50 Ex Tax: €67.89

Cadenhead 21 Year Old Peated Cooley Single Malt

70cl

Taken from a single ex-bourbon barrel, this is a cask strength bottling of Cooley's peated singl..

€250.00 Ex Tax: €203.25

Cadenhead Jameson Bow St 27 Year Old

75cl

A rare old bottle from Cadenhead's Authentic Collection released for the bottler's 150th ann..

€700.00 Ex Tax: €569.11

Cadenheads 13 Year Old Peated Cooley Single Malt

70cl

Taken from a single ex-bourbon barrel, this is a cask strength bottling of Cooley's peated singl..

€180.00 Ex Tax: €146.35

Cadenheads 16 Year Old Peated Cooley Single Malt

70cl

A fantastic single malt from Scottish bottlers Cadenhead. This is Cooley distillery's peated sin..

€180.00 Ex Tax: €146.35

Celtic Cask Aon (1) 1996 16 Year Old Amontillado Finish Single Malt

70cl

Celtic Cask Aon 1996 was distilled at Cooley Distillery and in 2010 was finished in an 80 year-old P..

€500.00 Ex Tax: €406.50

Celtic Cask Aon Deag (11) 14 Year Old Anima Negra Finish

70cl

Another great addition to our Celtic Cask range. This is a double distilled single malt that was ini..

€150.00 Ex Tax: €121.95

Celtic Cask Ceathair (4) 2001 12 Year Old Madeira Finish

70cl

Celtic Cask “Ceathair” was matured in 1st fill Bourbon casks for 10 years. In December 2..

€500.00 Ex Tax: €406.50

Celtic Cask Ceathair Deag (14) 2001 11 Year Old Brunello Finish

70cl

Celtic Cask Ceathair Deag is our fourteenth special release in our line of exclusive whiskeys. This ..

€250.00 Ex Tax: €203.25

Celtic Cask Cuig 1991 Single Pot Still (5)

70cl

Celtic Cask “Cuig” was triple distilled in Ireland in 1991 and was matured in a first fi..

€750.00 Ex Tax: €609.76

Celtic Cask Cuig Deag (15) 1991 24 Year Old Port Finish

70cl

  Celtic Cask Cuig Deag is our fifteenth special release and is another great example of a p..

€400.00 Ex Tax: €325.20

Celtic Cask Deich (10) 1999 Rhone Cask Finish Peated Single Malt

70cl

A delicious, peated single malt that was double distilled and initially aged for eleven years in an ..

€250.00 Ex Tax: €203.25

Celtic Cask Do Dheag (12) 2000 15 Year Old Rhone Cask Finish

70cl

Celtic Cask Do Dheag is a double distilled Irish single malt that was initially aged in a Bourbon ca..

€150.00 Ex Tax: €121.95

Celtic Cask Fiche A Cuig (25) 2016

70cl

Celtic Cask Fiche a Cuig was triple distilled at the Great Northern Distillery using heavily peated ..

€150.00 Ex Tax: €121.95