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Irish whiskey

Irish whiskey is a type of whiskey made in Ireland. It is a distilled alcoholic beverage, usually made from a mixture of malted barley, other grains, water and yeast. 
Irish whiskey has a long history, with the earliest records of distilling in Ireland dating back to the 12th century, and many believe that Irish whiskey predates Scotch whisky. In the 19th century, Irish whiskey was the most popular whiskey in the world, with distilleries producing millions of gallons each year, but in the 1900s Irish whiskey lost ground to Scotch whiskey, the latter dominating the world in the form of blended Scotch.

When we think of Irish whiskey, we usually think of triple distillation and the smoother, lighter flavors that result.
But that's only part of the story and the Irish whiskey industry is now one of the fastest growing in the world, with lots of innovation, high quality and the rediscovery of vanished whiskey styles. . From four whiskey distilleries in Ireland in 2012 to almost 50 distilleries in 2023, not to mention independent bottlers and whiskey traders like W. D O'Connell, now is probably the best time to get into Irish whiskey.

Today, there are several types of Irish whiskey, from single malt to Irish Pot Still Whiskey , Irish Single Grain Whiskey and blended whiskey.

Irish Single Malt Whiskey

Single malt Irish whiskey is a type of Irish whiskey made exclusively from malted barley and distilled in traditional pot stills.
Irish single malt whiskey must be made from 100% malted barley and must be distilled at a single distillery. The whiskey is then double or triple distilled and aged for at least three years in oak casks, but unlike Scotland, Irish distillers and independent bottlers can use casks made from other woods than the Oak.
Irish single malt whiskey is often known for its smoothness and complexity, with flavors that can range from fruity and floral to rich and nutty.
At Whiskylander we work with WD O'Connell and we stock:

  • The wonderful Bill Phil peated single malt whisky. Bill Phil is named after the founder's great-grandfather, William Philip O'Connell, a blacksmith from County Limerick. He was renowned for his homemade turf cutter, known by the eponymous name Bill Phil Sleán (pronounced shlawn).

This whiskey is a return to traditional Irish whiskey, before the arrival of coal in Ireland. It's sweet and smoky, with rich malt and citrus flavors. Luxurious.

  • Some wonderful WD O'Connell sherried single malt whiskies.

  • A finally From Clare to Here

Aged in a cask of Bourbon, a cask of Rum Cask and a cask of Imperial Stout from Western Herd Brewery, County Clare. This product exemplifies some of the innovations happening in the Irish whiskey industry today.

Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey

Irish Pot Still whiskey is a specific style of Irish whiskey made from malted and unmalted barley mash, distilled in traditional copper pot stills. This style of whiskey is unique to Ireland and has a long history, dating back to the 18th century. Pot Still whiskey is made from a blend of malted barley and unmalted barley, giving it a distinctive flavor profile that is different from other types of whiskey. Using unmalted barley in the mash adds a spicy, creamy character to the whiskey, while malted barley brings rich, toasty flavors.
Irish Pot Still whiskey must be distilled in traditional copper stills and must be aged for a minimum of three years in oak casks. During this period the whiskey develops a smooth and complex flavor profile, with notes of fruit, spice and honey.
Some popular brands of Irish Pot Still whiskey include Redbreast, Green Spot and Yellow Spot.

At Whiskylander we stock WD O'Connell Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, Tomásín (pronounced: thumb-aus-een) is named after WD O'Connell's new headquarters in Choill Mhic Thomáisín (Kilmacthomas), Co. Waterford.
Currently available in Bourbon and PX single cask versions, this whiskey is part of WD O'Connell's journey to create his own pot still whiskey.

Irish Single Grain Whiskey

Single grain Irish whiskey is a type of Irish whiskey made from a mixture of grains other than malted barley. Unlike Irish Pot Still whiskey, which is made exclusively from malted and unmalted barley, single grain Irish whiskey may contain other grains such as corn, wheat or rye.
The term "single grain" refers to the fact that the whiskey is produced in a single distillery, from a single type of grain. However, whiskey can be produced from a combination of different batches, which are blended before being aged.
Single grain Irish whiskey is typically distilled using a continuous distillation process, which produces a lighter, smoother spirit than "pot still" whiskey. It is then aged for a minimum of three years in oak barrels, giving it a couplet flavor profile.
At Whiskylander we supply WD O'Connell 10 Year Old Single Grain.
This whiskey, part of the Bourbon & Rye series, is one of a small list of exceptional grain Irish whiskeys on the market. This whiskey's journey began at the Cooley Distillery, where it was distilled and matured for a minimum of 10 years. Than Daithi O'Connell has carefully selected the component of the rye cask to provide an additional characteristic: the spiciness of a rye whiskey. It complements the notes of vanilla, caramel and honey that one expects from a grain whiskey aged in bourbon barrels.