The Irish can boldly claim to be the inventors of whiskey – and for a time in the 1800s, they were the certified masters of the distillery world. Scotland has since eclipsed the Irish in terms of sheer scale and complexity – but there’s no doubt that Irish whiskies still pack a powerful punch.
Until recently, Ireland only had three working distilleries – amazing for a country that is credited with inventing the process of distillation! Now, distilleries are popping up all over the place in Ireland, and the halcyon days of Irish whiskey production look to be set to return.
The Irish renaissance started with whiskies like Bushmills and Tullamore Dew, as well as the famous Jamesons, renowned the world over for its smooth and mellow taste. Over the past two decades, we’ve seen an increase in the number of double-distilled single malts coming from the region, as well as the celebrated single pot still Irish whiskey style, which is traditional to the region.
Until recent times, Irish whiskey was produced by just three operational distilleries, having fallen out of favour to its Scottish counterparts despite its all-conquering popularity during the 19th century. Thanks to the global success of brands like Bushmills, Jameson’s and Tullamore Dew, Irish whiskeys are now back with a bang.
These days, brand new distilleries are emerging all over the Emerald Isle, producing a rich array of whiskey styles in traditional double distillation, triple distillation and pot still whiskey techniques. With these varying techniques comes an amazing range of character profiles, but you’ll find that the typical notes and style of Irish whiskey is comprised of sweet apple and vanilla, spicy nutmeg and a hint of hay.
Here at The Whisky World, you’ll find a stunning range of Irish whiskeys to suit a broad range of tastes and budgets. If you need a little assistance picking a brand or specific bottle, don’t hesitate to contact our expert team who’ll be happy to help.