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The Ireland Whiskey Trail

Ireland is credited with having invented whiskey and the Ireland Whiskey Trail is your free touring guide to everything that is best about whiskey in Ireland. It includes the whiskey


distilleries of Ireland - both past and present - but also the best whiskey pubs and bars in the country, the finest whiskey shops and some top class hotels and golf courses, where


whiskey is as much at home as is excellence and hospitality.


This Whiskey Trail is not just for people interested in whiskey - it is also for anyone who wants to enjoy some of the very best traditional Irish pubs in the country, who is looking to


buy that special bottle of Irish whiskey or who is simply interested in Irish history and culture.


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By the way, there is a free map of the Ireland Whiskey Trail available as a download from the website in English, French and German.


The Ireland Whiskey Trail

Ireland produces many different brands of whiskey. Please find below an A-Z to some of Ireland's

favourite whiskeys, with a link to their respective website. Most of these offer a range of different

whiskeys under their brand name so do check out their websites for full information on each

brand. Alternatively, you can also check out The Celtic Whiskey Shop, who stock a full range of

Irish whiskeys and provide excellent information on their website, as well as a mail order service.

Connemara Peated Single Malt
Connemara Peated Single Malt

A range of peated Single Malt whiskeys from the Cooley Distillery.  Ireland is not generally known for producing peated whiskeys, but Connemara is the award winning exception.  The standard Connemara is complemented by a 12 Year Old Single Malt, in cask strength and as a sherry cask finish.  It's also the only peated Single Malt Irish whiskey which is exported.  Our recommendation: try it after a 5 mile hike on the West Coast of Ireland...whiskey will never have tasted so good!  And if you can't make it to Ireland, pour yourself a glass at home, close your eyes, breathe in the peat, green apples and wet moss and let yourself happily be transported to the wild beauty of Ireland's Connemara Coast.

 

AVAILABILITY:  Widely available in Ireland, Benelux, France, Spain, Germany and some of Scandinavia. Also distributed in USA, Canada and Australasia.



Greenore Single Grain Whiskey
Greenore Single Grain Whiskey

Single Grain whiskies are quite rare as most grain whiskey is used for blended whiskeys. This is the only Single Grain whiskey produced in Ireland.  Bottled in limited quantities as an 8 Year Old, an 15 Year Old and also an exclusive Single Cask bottling available only through the Irish Whiskey Collection shop in Terminal 2 Dublin Airport.  The 15 Year Old Greenore won World's Best Single Grain Whisky in the 2010 World Whiskies Awards.  Soft, sweet corn, with hints of bourbon on the nose. Taste is rich, with soft oils, and a hint of barley for good measure and finish is crisp. 

 

AVAILABILITY:  Limited export markets




Green Spot Pure Pot Still
Green Spot Single Pot Still

Single Pot Still whiskey (traditionally known as Pure Pot Still whiskey, it is distilled from malted and unmalted barley in traditional copper pot stills) is unique to Ireland and this is one of only four brands currently produced.  This whiskey brand has a long history, being the last remaining of the whiskey bonder brands, which today is still distributed in Ireland by the traditional family owned Whiskey Bonder, Mitchell & Sons from Dublin. This triple distilled whiskey is distilled in Midleton and is smooth, soft, with gentle floral and honey notes.  Very hard to find outside of Ireland, and even many Irish have never heard of it.  Grab it if you see it!  

 

AVAILABILITY: Ireland, France and Germany essentially.





Inish Turk Beg Single MaltInish Turk Beg Single Malt

Named after the island of Inish Turk Beg, this deluxe Single Malt whiskey was only launched in 2010 with a limited "Maiden Voyage" bottling of 2,888 bottles.  It is a double distilled Single Malt Irish whiskey, which has been first matured in American bourbon barrels, then finished in port and sherry casks, and very unusually in old poitin casks which had lain empty on Inish Turk Beg Island.  The bottle, shaped to represent the island itself, is hand blown with local sand, and the whiskey was bottled at 44% with rainwater from Inish Turk Beg.  The whiskey has gentle notes of oak and vanilla with plenty of fruitiness and spice - orange peel, ripe apples, lemon curd, ginger snaps - on the palate.

 

AVAILABILITY:  Celtic Whiskey Shop and Irish Whiskey Collection in Dublin, Harvey Nichols in the UK, France, Dubai and Singapore.




Jameson Irish Whiskey
Jameson Irish Whiskey


The world's best selling Irish Whiskey, selling over 20 million bottles annually. Triple distilled in Midleton, it is a smooth and well balanced whiskey. Almonds, vanilla and orchard fruits on the nose with light sherry notes, marzipan and gentle toasted wood on the palate with a very pleasant dry finish. Matured in ex bourbon and sherry casks.  The Jameson family also includes Jameson 12 Year Old Special Reserve and 18 Year Old Limited Reserve, Jameson Gold Reserve and Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve.

 

AVAILABILITY: Widely available throughout the world







Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey

A blended Irish whiskey from the Cooley Distillery which is named after the oldest continually licensed distillery in the world.  Sweet caramel, vanilla and toasty wood aromas on the nose and palate. A smooth, sweet and popular Irish whiskey from Ireland’s only independent distillery. Matured in ex-Bourbon casks only.  Also available as a very smooth and complex limited edition 15 Year Old launched to celebrate 250th anniversary of the Kilbeggan Distillery

 

AVAILABILITY: Throughout most of Continental Europe but hard to get in Eastern Europe and the US.






Locke's Irish Whiskey


Locke's Irish Whiskey

Available as a high malt content blend or as an 8 year old very gently peated Single Malt, both from the Cooley Distillery, who revived the original Locke's brand originally distilled in Kilbeggan.  The Single Malt is made up of both peated and non-peated malts resulting in a whiskey with soft citrus notes that compliment the gently peatiness. Full flavoured nose bulging with big fruit-barley character. There is a copper-tanginess, lots of barley followed by a dry fruity flavour on the taste and lots of malt on the finish.

 

AVAILABILITY: Limited availability around the world as not extensively exported outside of Ireland 




Midleton Very Rare


Midleton Very Rare

A deluxe whiskey from Midleton. Every year since 1984 a new vintage has been produced.   Bottled in limited quantities, every vintage is a collectors and connoisseurs’ whiskey and slightly different from the previous year.  Barry Crockett, Master Distiller in Midleton, personally selects whiskeys matured in bourbon casks only and aged generally up to 25-27 years. Box contains a certificate and each purchaser is entered into the Midleton Very Rare book. One of the smoothest whiskeys money can buy.
 

 AVAILABILITY: Available in most countries in deluxe retail outlets and bars





Midleton Very Rare

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy

This Single Pot Still whiskey, first released in 2011, has been matured for many long years exclusively in ex American oak casks.  Named after Barry Crockett, Master Distiller in Midleton and whose father was Master Distiller before him, this deluxe whiskey is all about finesse combined with a full spectrum of elegant flavours. Vanilla, charred oak, pears and a touch of green pepper on the nose are complemented by limes and mandarin orange sweetness, with a hint of cinnamon and light pepper on the palate. The finish, as can be expected from a Single Pot Still whiskey of this age is long, complex and very smooth.
 

 AVAILABILITY: Ireland, Germany and France mostly.  Available in the U.S. from 2012





Paddy Irish Whiskey


Paddy Irish Whiskey

From the Midleton Distillery, one of Ireland's favourite whiskeys.  Triple distilled, it is a blend of pot still and grain whiskeys from Midleton and malt whiskey from Bushmills.  A very popular whiskey in Ireland, ideal for mixing.  It is a young and light whiskey, with also opens up quite nicely with a little water.  Mild, soft, a distinctive mellow maltiness, a touch of sweet oil, spiciness with background notes of honey, vanilla, toasted wood on the nose and palate. Mellow maltiness and mild woody notes on the finish. Named after Paddy Flaherty, a famous 1930's whiskey sales rep from Cork. 

 

AVAILABILITY:  not available in the U.S.A. and very difficult to find outside of Europe.




Powers Irish Whiskey


Powers Irish Whiskey

For a long time, this was Ireland's best selling whiskey and it still remains extremely popular.  A blend of triple distilled pot still and grain whiskeys. Smooth yet robust, this is a complex whiskey for its age – excellent with a few drops of water, as well as for Irish coffee and Hot Irish. Warm cereal notes, lots of spice, touch of honey and high pot still content.   There are also two 12 Year Old versions, the Powers John's Lane being a Single Pot Still whiskey launched in 2011.  Grab either of the 12 Year olds if you can, - the regular 12YO is very smooth, perfectly balanced, but with a surprising peppery and spicy kick at the back of the palate, with a finish that goes on forever.  Powers John's Lane is a superbly masculine whiskey, with a perfect balance of soothness and complexity, tobacco, leather and spices.

 

                AVAILABILITY:  Exported mostly to continental Europe, but difficult to find.  Small quantities of

                    Powers and Powers 12YO available in the U.S.A. 



Redbreast Pure Pot Still
Redbreast Single Pot Still

A Single Pot Still range of whiskeys from the Midleton Distillery, available as a 12 YO, 15YO and now also as a 12YO Cask Strength edition.   This type of whiskey is unique to Ireland and Redbreast is a continuation of the great tradition of pure pot still whiskeys, made from malted and unmalted barley in the traditional pot still method.  The regular 12YO is a unique whiskey, full of character, lovely touch of oilyness and fruitcake on the taste and long classy sherry notes on the finish. Regularly wins top awards in International spirits competitions.  Very hard to find outside of Ireland with the exception of UK, France and Germany. Small quantities exported to USA too. 

 

AVAILABILITY:  Exported mostly to UK, France and Germany, with small quantities filtering

                            through to other markets.





Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey

The world's second best selling Irish Whiskey.  It is triple Distilled whiskey, smooth and gentle and a blend of grain and pot still whiskeys from Midleton and malt whiskey from Bushmills. Charred wood undertones on the nose and palate with warming, sweetish spices and pleasant maltiness. Distilled in Tullamore until the early 1950’s and distilled in Midleton since the mid 1970’s. Very smooth and approachable whiskey, also good with ice and in cocktails.  Look out for the Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old and limited 10 Year Old and Heritage editions.  There is also a new and very complex 10 Year Tullamore Dew Single Malt available, which is the only Irish whiskey matured in four different types of casks: ex bourbon, sherry, port and madeira.

 

 AVAILABILITY: Available in most countries.



Tyrconnell Single Malt 



Tyrconnell Single Malt

An unpeated Single Malt whiskey from the Cooley Distillery. This is a historic old Irish brand named after a famous race horse that won the largest race in Ireland at odds of 100 to 1.  It is one of only a handful of Irish Single Malts. Full and fruity aroma with a citrus spiciness, with the malt becoming more dominant on the finish. Matured in ex-Bourbon casks only.  The range also includes award winning 10 Year Old Sherry, Madeira and Port Cask finish editions.

 

AVAILABILITY: Available throughout most of Continental Europe but hard to get in Eastern Europe and the US. 

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