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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 90 PRODUCTS FROM THE Irish Whiskey REGION AVAILABLE TO SHIP TO Australia
FROOTBAT HAS 90 PRODUCTS FROM THE Irish Whiskey REGION AVAILABLE TO SHIP TO Australia
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Irish Whiskey
Jameson Irish Whiskey 1lt Bottle
$69.991 buying option
Small Batch Single Malt Irish Whiskey
The Irishman Small Batch Single Malt Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$69.001 buying option
Irish Whiskey
Jameson Irish Whiskey 200ml Bottle
$19.002 buying options
Small Batch Whiskey
The Teeling Whiskey Co. Small Batch Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$60.992 buying options
Founders Reserve Single Malt Whiskey
The Irishman Founders Reserve Single Malt Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$59.4910 buying options
13 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Glendalough 13 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$134.902 buying options
Black Bush Irish Whiskey
Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$60.001 buying option
Phoenix Limited Edition Irish Whiskey
Tullamore Dew Phoenix Limited Edition Irish Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$90.991 buying option
7 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Glendalough 7 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$89.951 buying option
Berrys Own Selection Craoi Na Mona 10 Year Old Single Malt
Berry Bros. & Rudd Berrys Own Selection Craoi Na Mona 10 Year Old Single Malt 700ml Bottle
$125.003 buying options
10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$54.9917 buying options
Irish Whiskey
Jameson Irish Whiskey 50ml Bottle
$5.091 buying option
Single Cask Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Connemara Single Cask Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey 50ml Bottle
$7.641 buying option
Black Bush Irish Whiskey
Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$49.9011 buying options
12 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey
The Irishman 12 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$114.993 buying options
Cask Strength Blended Irish Whiskey
The Irishman Cask Strength Blended Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$161.492 buying options
Original Irish Whiskey
Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$41.002 buying options
Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$69.954 buying options
Pot Still Blended Irish Whiskey
Writers Tears Pot Still Blended Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$71.902 buying options
Sherry Cask Finish 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Tullamore Dew Sherry Cask Finish 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$68.993 buying options
Single Grain Irish Whiskey
The Teeling Whiskey Co. Single Grain Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$72.993 buying options
21 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Bushmills 21 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$219.992 buying options
Master Distillers Private Collection 30 Year Old Blended Irish Whiskey
Midleton Master Distillers Private Collection 30 Year Old Blended Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$5,700.001 buying option
24 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
The Teeling Whiskey Co. 24 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$500.001 buying option
21 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Redbreast 21 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$339.991 buying option
The Revival Vol III 14 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
The Teeling Whiskey Co. The Revival Vol III 14 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$169.992 buying options
1014 Classic Blend Irish Whiskey
Clontarf 1014 Classic Blend Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$50.993 buying options
13 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Glendalough 13 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$119.953 buying options
12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Yellow Spot 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$149.951 buying option
Double Barrel Irish Whiskey
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$69.991 buying option
Single Malt Irish Whiskey
The Teeling Whiskey Co. Single Malt Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$84.992 buying options
16 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Bushmills 16 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$119.994 buying options
Vintage Reserve Platinum Bottling 30 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
The Teeling Whiskey Co. Vintage Reserve Platinum Bottling 30 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$2,400.001 buying option
Caskmates Craft Stout Barrel Aged Blended Irish Whiskey
Jameson Caskmates Craft Stout Barrel Aged Blended Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$54.307 buying options
Vintage Reserve Platinum Bottling 33 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
The Teeling Whiskey Co. Vintage Reserve Platinum Bottling 33 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$3,500.001 buying option
12 Year Old Single Pot Still Cask Strength Irish Whiskey
Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Cask Strength Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$152.992 buying options
Port Cask Finish 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
The Tyrconnell Port Cask Finish 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$129.952 buying options
No. 3 Bourbon Cask Finish Single Grain Irish Whiskey
Hyde No. 3 Bourbon Cask Finish Single Grain Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$98.995 buying options
No. 5 Burgundy Cask Finish Single Grain Irish Whiskey
Hyde No. 5 Burgundy Cask Finish Single Grain Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$98.992 buying options
12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$97.995 buying options
Red Head Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Writers Tears Red Head Single Malt Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$89.007 buying options
Black Barrel Select Reserve Irish Whiskey
Jameson Black Barrel Select Reserve Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$59.4915 buying options
Irish Whiskey
Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$45.904 buying options
Barry Crockett Legacy Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$339.951 buying option
Very Rare Irish Whiskey
Midleton Very Rare Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$269.994 buying options
No. 1 10 Year Old Sherry Cask Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Hyde No. 1 10 Year Old Sherry Cask Single Malt Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$144.993 buying options
12 Year Old Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Connemara 12 Year Old Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$134.952 buying options
Signature Release Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Powers Signature Release Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$104.952 buying options
Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$98.903 buying options
Poitin Irish Whiskey
Glendalough Poitin Irish Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$70.543 buying options
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