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

Yellow Spot 12 Year Old Single Pot Still

70 cl

Yellow Spot was perhaps one of the most eagerly awaited new releases from Irish Distillers in recent..

€80.00 Ex Tax: €65.04

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..

€61.00 Ex Tax: €49.59

Writers Tears Mini Gift Book

3x5cl

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

€19.99 Ex Tax: €16.25

Writers Tears Copper Pot Florio Marsala Cask Finish New In

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 Cask Strength 2019 New In

Writers Tears Cask Strength 2019

70cl

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

€130.00 Ex Tax: €105.69

Writers Tears Cask Strength 2018 New In

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 2017 New In

Writers Tears Cask Strength 2017

70cl

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

€120.00 Ex Tax: €97.56

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 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

Wild Geese Single Malt

70cl

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

€62.99 Ex Tax: €51.21

Wild Geese Rare Blend

70cl

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

€56.00 Ex Tax: €45.53

Wild Geese Limited Edition 4th Centennial New In

Wild Geese Limited Edition 4th Centennial

70cl

The Wild Geese Limited Edition 4th Centennial was originally sourced from the Cooley distillery in C..

€78.00 Ex Tax: €63.41

Wild Geese Limited Edition

70cl

The rarest of the Wild Geese collection and a very good whiskey. A blend of double distilled malt wh..

€62.99 Ex Tax: €51.21

Wild Geese Classic

70cl

The Wild Geese Classic is a blend of double distilled single malt whiskey and grain whiskey from the..

€43.99 Ex Tax: €35.76

West Cork Original Blend

70cl

A soft and gentle tasting blend from West Cork Distillers.  ..

€29.99 Ex Tax: €24.38

West Cork Glengarriff Peat Charred Cask New In

West Cork Glengarriff Peat Charred Cask

70cl

We are delighted to welcome a brand new series from West Cork, the Glengarriff series! The peat..

€40.00 Ex Tax: €32.52