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
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
Widely available in Ireland, Benelux, France, Spain, Germany and some
of Scandinavia. Also distributed in USA, Canada and Australasia.
Greenore Single Grain Whiskey
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
AVAILABILITY: Limited export markets
Green Spot Single Pot Still
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 Malt
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
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
AVAILABILITY: Widely available throughout the world
Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
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
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
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
AVAILABILITY: Available in most countries in deluxe retail outlets and bars
Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy
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
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
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 Single Pot Still
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
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
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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