Ireland [Whiskey] Rising

January 6, 2014

Things are looking up for Irish Whiskey

Irish Whiskey is certainly nothing new. The Island’s been turning out it’s own style of whiskey for a very, very long time. Over the last century or so, the number of distillers dwindled to near extinction-level numbers. David Wondrich took a deeper look into the current state of the industry and found a breath of new life. There’s been a huge surge in demand for brands like Bushmills, Kilbeggan, Jameson, Connemara, and plenty more.

A little history: 30 years ago, there was only one company making whiskey in all of Ireland, Irish Distillers Ltd, with two operating distilleries. A hundred years before, when the English whiskey writer Alfred Barnard toured the island’s distilleries, he found 28 in operation, many of them quite large. But the 20th century was unkind to the industry, leaving only Bushmills, in Northern Ireland, and Midleton, outside of Cork in the south.

Image: [University of Texas // Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection]

Source: Why You’re Drinking Irish Whiskey All of a Sudden [David Wondrich // Esquire]

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