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Irish Whiskey

Irish whiskeys are often thought to be smooth, fruity, and triple distilled and many of them are, but this isn't the full story. The Irish are widely credited as being the first to distil whiskey, though this is strictly contested by the Scots. The Bushmills distillery, for example, is the world’s oldest licensed distillery, founded in 1608. The Irish are unique in their pure pot still whiskey.

Irish single pot still whiskey is a mix of barley, malted and otherwise, distilled in a pot still. The unmalted barley proffers a spicy freshness that one associates with Irish whiskey. Some of the Irish blends are global successes with Bushmills Original and Jameson both being notable examples. There's also a healthy selection of single malt expressions, including the majority of the Bushmills range, Tyrconnell and Connemara.

In the last 20 or so years we've seen the re-introduction of double distilled single malts and peated malts, as well as a reinvigorated and now thriving single pot still Irish whiskey style. There are also many new distilleries being constructed as Irish whiskey continues to be the fastest growing spirits category in the world!

Irish Whiskey
This is a heavily peated and cask strength Connemara from the Cooley distiller. It is peated to over 50ppm and is big, punchy dram.  More info
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$96.31
Top notch Connemara peated Irish single malt whiskey, presented as their Distillers Edition. Plenty of earthy, evocative smoke, paired with honey'd barley and juicy apple. We do like a good Connemara...  More info
$54.90
Excellent quality single pot still whiskey from Midleton, named after their master distiller, Barry Crockett. The Legacy matured in both new American oak casks and casks which have previously held...  More info
$185.11
A limited release, only 50 casks of Midleton are released every year, it really is very rare! Every whisky in the blend is triple distilled and between 12 and 25 years of age. As of 2014 it's the new...  More info
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$222.67
Greenore 8 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
An 8 year old single grain whiskey from Ireland! This won Gold (Best in Class) three years running at the International Wine and Spirits Competition between 2008 and 2010. Greenore is distilled at the...  More info
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Bushmills Black Bush
(70cl, 40%)
Black Bush is a great blend from Bushmills, made up mostly of malt whiskey aged for 11 years in sherry casks before blending.  More info
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$35.89
Bushmills 16 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
A 16 year old Irish single malt from Bushmills aged in three different cask types: bourbon, port and sherry. The result is a beautiful whiskey which was awarded Gold at the 2010 San Francisco World...  More info
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$81.56
An 18 year old Jameson, this fantastic blend was specially selected by the Master Blender from select casks.  More info
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$118.70
This blend was introduced in 1791 by John Power & Sons, originally a pure pot still whiskey, now a popular blend of pot still and grain whiskeys.  More info
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Writers Tears is a light, sweet Irish whiskey made using a mix of single pot still and single malt whiskies, resulting in oodles of honey'd, fruity notes. Wonderfully easy to drink, it would make for...  More info
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$49.01
The Irish whiskey historians out there (or those of you that read Jake's blog posts about Irish whiskey) might recognise the Dunville name. It was a brand once produced by the biggest distillery in...  More info
$43.81
A fabulous Irish blend of 70% single malt whiskey and 30% single pot still whiskey. After being triple distilled, the Irishman Founder's Reserve is aged in bourbon casks. Bernard Walsh, you should be...  More info
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$51.82
Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old blended Irish whiskey from the 1960s presented in a handsome ceramic jar!  More info
$214.19
The classic blend from Wild Geese, a well crafted Irish whiskey. Jim Murray describes this as "easy going".  More info
$34.14
You'll notice that this Paddy Old Irish Whisky is spelt without the 'e', but the spelling isn't the only difference between this and the Paddy you may be familiar with today. This is, in fact, single...  More info
$356.99
A handsome and rare 1960s bottling of Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey, packaged in a ceramic decanter.  More info
A very special, rare edition of Bushmills, single cask, unfiltered and laid down into American white oak casks in 1975 before bottling at the turn of the millennium.  More info
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$297.41
This is a bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey, produced in the 1970s at Bow Street Distillery, Dublin, for the international market. A rare piece of whiskey history which has, interestingly, been bottled...  More info
$178.49
A 1970s bottling of Jameson Crested Ten Irish blended whiskey, a particular blend that was released in 1963 which features pot-still and Sherry matured whiskey. A highly collectible bottle which has...  More info
$178.49
An old and rare collectable bottle of Jameson's Irish whiskey, bottled way back when whiskey was sold in 75cl bottles.  More info
$60.91
The first bottling of Inish Turk Beg, a lovely single malt made at the Cooley distillery. After distillation, the whiskey was taken to the island of Inish Turk Beg off the coast of Ireland. The island...  More info
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The Irishman 70
(70cl, 40%)
A beautiful Irish whiskey, made by blending old pot still whisky with 70% malt whisky which was selected by Bernard Walsh. Aged in bourbon casks, this is a creamy, sweet and supple gem!  More info
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$53.41
Kilbeggan Gift Set
(70cl, 40%)
A handsome gift set containing a bottle of the classic Irish blended whiskey, Kilbeggan, as well as two sturdy branded whisky tumblers. A great gift for any lover of Irish whiskey!  More info
The "Very Rare" range was launched in 1984 to celebrate the very cream of the crop from Midleton. This is the intensely rare 1987 vintage, and they might as well call it Midleton Super Incredibly Rare...  More info
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$371.79
The Irishman is a beautiful blended whiskey, bottled at natural cask strength (unusual for Irish whiskeys) in 2010. Jim Murray gave the previous edition a whopping 93.5 points in his Whiskey Bible -...  More info
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$111.86
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