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Irish Whiskey

Ireland
History of Irish Whisky

Once the most popular spirit in the world, Irish whiskey was in boom through most of the 19th century. Pioneered by, amongst others, John Jameson, their use of huge pot stills gave their whiskey an unmatched flavour and consistency. The industry in Ireland, however, sadly suffered a long period of decline from the late part of the century onwards. The Scots started to fight back, with a mission to claim a slice of Ireland’s very lucrative pie. They bought and closed distilleries, moving production to their own shores. War and independence followed, bringing further pressure on the industry. One company was left operating: Irish Distillers Ltd; and only two distilleries: New Midleton in Cork and Bushmills in the far north.

However, Irish whiskey has recently been on the upturn. Gaining in popularity again from the late twentieth century, it has, in recent years, been the fastest growing spirit in the world year on year. As of late 2016, the country now has 16 operating distilleries, with 11 more in the planning stages. Did you know, when the Phylloxera plague devastated European vineyards in the 1870s Irish whiskey replaced brandy to become the world’s favourite spirit?

Characteristics of Irish Whiskey
A majority of Irish whiskey is made from malt that has been dried in kilns. This means the resulting liquor lacks the smoky quality that’s often found in Scottish whisky and rather a smooth, subtle liquor that is light on the palate.


Irish Distilleries

Midleton
Midleton is a Cork-based distillery with up to 20 different expressions coming out of its walls, including the famous Jameson. The distillery holds four pot stills, a three column still and a two column stills, allowing huge scope for variety. Midleton uses un-malted barley, which gives its whiskey a fruity character. Its pot still malt whiskey is triple distilled and new American and European oak casks impact on the wide range of flavours, giving their expressions a rich sweetness and warm spice.

Bushmills
One of the oldest distilleries in the world, the Old Bushmills Distillery has been licensed to make whiskey since 1608. Using peated malt and running pot stills, they bring in grain from Midleton for blends. Their Blackbush expression uses oloroso and bourbon barrels, maturing the whiskey in them for between 19 years to 21 before blending and maturing for a further two in Madeira casks. The result is a thick rich expression, with spiced fruit and smoky dark chocolate notes.

Cooley
When John Teeling opened the production in 1998 it was the first whiskey distillery to be founded in the country for over 100 years. As well as pots and columns, The whiskey here is produced in pots, columns and includes both a peated malt and the only single grained whiskey in the country.

Where to Start with Irish Whiskey

With a few world famous names, it may not be hard to source an Irish whiskey, yet how can you be sure you’re starting with the best? We’ve hand-picked a small selection of Ireland’s finest as suggestions of where to begin your journey.
FROOTBAT HAS 87 PRODUCTS FROM THE Irish Whiskey REGION AVAILABLE TO SHIP TO United States
FROOTBAT HAS 87 PRODUCTS FROM THE Irish Whiskey REGION AVAILABLE TO SHIP TO United States
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Special Reserve 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey
Jameson Special Reserve 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$89.993 buying options
Very Rare Irish Whiskey
Midleton Very Rare Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$149.9914 buying options
Irish Whiskey
Jameson Irish Whiskey 200ml Bottle
$8.3921 buying options
Small Batch Single Malt Irish Whiskey
The Irishman Small Batch Single Malt Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$47.583 buying options
Irish Whiskey
Jameson Irish Whiskey 1lt Bottle
$28.9917 buying options
Single Grain Irish Whiskey
The Teeling Whiskey Co. Single Grain Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$34.9533 buying options
13 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Glendalough 13 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$89.985 buying options
Cask Strength Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Connemara Cask Strength Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$64.996 buying options
Signature Release Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Powers Signature Release Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$42.9915 buying options
Irish Whiskey
Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$19.9910 buying options
Irish Whiskey
2 Gingers Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$13.6920 buying options
Phoenix Limited Edition Irish Whiskey
Tullamore Dew Phoenix Limited Edition Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$53.675 buying options
Black Bush Irish Whiskey
Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$21.9937 buying options
12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$39.9930 buying options
Pot Still Blended Irish Whiskey
Writers Tears Pot Still Blended Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$49.972 buying options
Crock Irish Whiskey
Tullamore Dew Crock Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$29.996 buying options
Irish Whiskey
Jameson Irish Whiskey 50ml Bottle
$2.3015 buying options
Original Irish Whiskey
Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey 50ml Bottle
$1.101 buying option
Barry Crockett Legacy Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$209.9916 buying options
18 Year Old Master Selection Blended Irish Whiskey
Jameson 18 Year Old Master Selection Blended Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$115.993 buying options
Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$59.9918 buying options
Irish Soldiers & Heros Limited Edition Fourth Centennial Irish Whiskey
The Wild Geese Irish Soldiers & Heros Limited Edition Fourth Centennial Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$67.992 buying options
70 Irish Whiskey
The Irishman 70 Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$29.991 buying option
Irish Honey Blended Irish Whiskey
Bushmills Irish Honey Blended Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$24.991 buying option
Sherry Cask Finish 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Tullamore Dew Sherry Cask Finish 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$49.991 buying option
21 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Redbreast 21 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$199.9926 buying options
7 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Glendalough 7 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$44.996 buying options
Limited Reserve 18 Year Old Irish Whiskey
Jameson Limited Reserve 18 Year Old Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$119.9927 buying options
Irish Whiskey
Jameson Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$20.8543 buying options
Irish Whiskey
Hell-Cat Maggie Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$15.9911 buying options
Madeira Cask Finish 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
The Tyrconnell Madeira Cask Finish 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$35.995 buying options
Irish Whiskey
Donegal Estates Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$27.985 buying options
12 Year Old Special Reserve Irish Whiskey
Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old Special Reserve Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$43.9811 buying options
Old Irish Whiskey
Paddy Old Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$12.994 buying options
Port Cask Finish 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
The Tyrconnell Port Cask Finish 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$69.996 buying options
Founders Reserve Single Malt Whiskey
The Irishman Founders Reserve Single Malt Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$31.976 buying options
Caskmates Craft Stout Barrel Aged Blended Irish Whiskey
Jameson Caskmates Craft Stout Barrel Aged Blended Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$28.1315 buying options
15 Year Old Single Cask Single Malt Irish Whiskey
The Tyrconnell 15 Year Old Single Cask Single Malt Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$95.341 buying option
21 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Bushmills 21 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$145.9918 buying options
12 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey
The Irishman 12 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$64.992 buying options
Single Malt Irish Whiskey
The Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$34.991 buying option
Blended Irish Whiskey
Wolfhound Blended Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$19.991 buying option
Irish Whiskey
Jameson Irish Whiskey 1.75lt Bottle
$37.9923 buying options
10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
West Cork 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$30.9913 buying options
John's Lane Release 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Powers John's Lane Release 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$23.9930 buying options
Irish Whiskey
Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey 1.75lt Bottle
$47.992 buying options
Small Batch Whiskey
The Teeling Whiskey Co. Small Batch Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$29.9935 buying options
15 Year Old Pure Pot Still Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Redbreast 15 Year Old Pure Pot Still Single Malt Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$69.9941 buying options
12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$46.9925 buying options
12 Year Old Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Connemara 12 Year Old Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$57.9914 buying options
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