Most Irish whiskey is produced in a pot still and is distilled three times, triple distilled. The Irish tend not to use peat in the production of their whiskey so Irish whisky always tends to be smooth instead of of peaty or smokey. There are a few breakers of these rules and why not try and be different in an enormous whiskey market.
Currently there are 8 operational distilleries on Ireland. Midleton, Bushmills, Cooley / Riverstown, Kilbeggan, Dingle, Echlinville, Alltech /Carlow, West Cork Distillers. Cooley being the largest producer on the island supplying to independent bottlers such as Hyde and Jack Ryan.
Irish whiskey once held the title for the most popular whiskey in the world but has experienced a period of decline since the late 19th century. Scotland has 105 distilleries and counting where Ireland has only 7, out of those only 4 have sufficient supplies to supply a demanding market.
In 2013 Irish whisky started to see some healthy signs and has increased in export sales, bottling’s have become more innovative and creative. What’s in store for Irish whiskey?