The number of Irish whiskey distilleries, once almost numbering zero by the turn of the 21st century, have now exploded due to a surge in demand for what is one of the fastest growing spirit categories in the world.
Perhaps the most prestigious whiskey distillery in Ireland, The New Midleton Distillery is famous for producing Jameson but also ranks Powers, Paddy, Midleton, Redbreast, Green Spot and a few other lesser known brands among their lineup.
Other notable distilleries include the Cooley Distillery, known for producing brands such Connemara, Michael Collins, Tyrconnell and other lesser known whiskey brands, and the Old Bushmills Distillery, which produces all Bushmills branded whiskey, as well as Black Bush and 1608.
In addition to these and other more established Irish whiskey distilleries, there are a large number of new entrants to the market that include large operations and smaller craft whiskey producers.
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Pairing Food with Irish Whiskey
As with almost all whiskies around the world, Irish whiskey is best served neat, with a splash of water, or over ice so as to be able to enjoy the flavours inherent in each bottle that you choose.
When deciding upon which Irish whiskey to enjoy first, be sure to look for those that are unpeated and triple-distilled, representative of most Irish whiskies available on the market.
Some recommended products to try in the beginning are Knappogue 12-Year Single Malt, known for being lighter and fruitier in taste and texture than other smokier and heavier variants, and Green Spot Single Pot Still, which is again known for its fruity notes as well as toffee and malty flavours.