History of Irish Whiskey

"Too much of anything is good for nothing. Too much good whiskey is barely enough". ...An old Irish toast

"Uisce Beatha" means "water of life" in Gaelic. Not an easy term to pronounce, it has been transformed to what we know know as "whiskey". Ask any Irishman and he'll tell you the Irish invented Whiskey. Legends of St. Patrick attest to the Christians bringing the art of distilling from grain first to Ireland. No one really knows for sure, so the debate will live on.

Irish whiskey was very prevalent throughout Ireland and the British Empire in the 1800's boasting over 2000 distilleries in Ireland. But, in 1916 when the Irish War of Independence came about, British embargo curtailed exportation. Scotch whisky, which was much cheaper because of a continuous distilling process, (the Irish scoffed at that method previously) also put a serious damper on the production. The American market was of no help with Prohibition in effect between 1920 and 1933.

By the 1960's only a handful of distilleries remained. Jameson, Power and Cork distilleries in Southern Ireland merged forming the Irish Distillers Group. They began distilling near the Cork plant. Bushmill's who claims to be "the oldest distillery in the world", joined this group the group in the 1970's dispelling the green and orange rivalry. In fact, the Irish Distillers Group is now a subsidiary of the French Pernod Ricard group.

In 1987, a newly formed company, Cooley Distillery bought an alcohol plant and installed two distilleries, a pure malt distillery and a column still grain distillery. One of Cooley's products, Kilbeggan is casked and matured at the old Locke's Distillery which, is open for tours. Though undercapitalized at first, Cooley's has done a tremendous favor to the rejuvenation of Irish Whiskey's popularity, as new brands come forth and the distillery continues to grow.

Traditionally, Irish Whiskey is best served straight or on the rocks.

Irish Whiskey
2 Gingers Irish Whiskey 750ml $19.99
Bushmills 21 Years Old Irish Whiskey 750ml $119.99
Bushmills Irish Honey Whiskey 50ml $1.49
Bushmills Irish Whiskey 375ml $12.99
Bushmills Irish Whiskey 750ml $19.99
Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey 750ml $24.99
Celtic Crossing Irish Liqueur 750ml $19.99
Green Spot Single Pot Still Triple Distilled Irish Whiskey 750ml $49.99
Jameson Cooper's Croze Irish Whisky Non Chill Filtered 750ml $69.99
Jameson 18 Years Old Irish Whiskey 750ml $119.99
Jameson Gold Reserve Irish Whiskey 750ml $74.99
Jameson Irish Whiskey 200ml $7.99
Jameson Irish WHiskey 50ml $3.49
Jameson Irish Whiskey 750ml $24.99
Jameson Irish Whiskey Caskmates Angel City Brewing Co Edition 750ml $29.95
Jameson Irish Whiskey Caskmates Stout Edition 750ml $29.95
Jameson Irish Whiskey Select Reserve Black Barrel 750ml $36.99
Midleton Irish Whiskey 750ml $149.99
Midleton Irish Whiskey Barry Crockett Legacy 750ml $249.99
Midleton Irish Whiskey Dair Ghaelach 750ml Tree Number 6 $299.99
Paddy Irish Whiskey 750ml $19.99
Powers Irish WHiskey 12 Years John's Lane Release 750ml $59.99
Powers Irish Whiskey Gold Label 750ml $22.99
Powers Irish Whiskey Signature Release 750ml $39.99
RedBreast 12 Years Old Irish Whiskey 750ml $54.99
RedBreast 15 Years Old Irish Whiskey 750ml $79.99
RedBreast 21 Years Old Irish Whiskey 750ml Jim Murray's Irish Whisky of the year 2014 $249.99
Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey 750ml $24.99
Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey 750ml $17.95
Tullamore Dew 10 years Single Malt Four Cask Finish Old Irish Whiskey 750ml $49.99
Tullamore Dew 12 years Old Irish Whiskey 750ml $59.99