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.
Treat an Irish pal to a bottle of their favourite spirit, or indulge yourself with an artisan whiskey from the true home of whiskey.