Irish Whiskey

We offer an excellent selection of hand-picked Irish whiskeys at The Sun Tavern, complimenting our poitín collection.

 

Like poitín, Irish whiskey had its fair share of troubles, competing with Scottish whisky, as well as having the majority of Ireland taking the pledge against what was deemed ‘the demon’s drink’ in 1881.

The word ‘whiskey’ was derived from the gaelic ‘uisge beatha’ meaning water of life, and apparently evolved into the term ‘whisky’ due to mispronunciation in King Henry II’s army in the 12th century – but this could’ve just been from them slurring their words after a sample.

The ‘e’ was added to ‘whisky’ to differentiate it from the blending of the spirit, which was becoming more popular in Scottish production. Irish distillers were so against the blending of whisky that they produced a book ‘Truths about Whisky’ which called for the banning of blended whisky. This provoked the spelling change to whiskey to identify a non-blended beverage.

Thankfully Irish whiskey is out of the dark times and part of a much welcome renaissance! Production has begun outside of the big three distilleries; Midleton, Cooley and Bushmills and certainly gaining momentum. With this boom, we are witnessing a lot of resurrected brands as well as new names popping up.

At The Sun Tavern we aim to stock the very best of such an eclectic category; we host the finest grain, malt and peated whiskeys along with the unique single pot still style on our shelves.

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    • Tullamore Distillery

    • Tullamore DEW

      £5.00

      A popular Irish blend. Plenty of spicy sweetness.

    • Tullamore DEW 12 YR

      £6.50

      A 12 YR blend of bourbon & sherry finishes.

    • Tullamore DEW Phoenix

      £7.00

      Partly finished in Oloroso casks with a higher ABV.

    • Tullamore DEW Cider Cask

      £6.50

      Finished in cider casks from Bulmers Clonmel.

    • Tullamore DEW 14 YR

      £7.50

      A triple distilled single malt finished in some bourbon, sherry, port & madeira casks.

    • Tullamore DEW 14 YR Duty Free Release

      £10.00

      Travel retail sherry cask exclusive.

    • Tullamore DEW 18 YR

      £11.00

      A limited edition 18 year single malt finished in 4 different casks. This is essentially the 14 year but older!

    • The Echlinvile Distillery

    • Dunvilles

      £10.00

      A lovely blend from the first distillery in Northern Ireland in over 130 years.

    • Dunvilles PX

      £7.00

      10YR blend finished in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks.

    • Dunville’s Three Crowns

      £6.00

      A name revived, this whiskey contains three whiskeys that have been aged in different casks. Nice & layered.

    • Bushmills Distillery

    • Bushmills 10 YR

      £5.50

      10 YR single malt from Co. Antrim – apples & spice.

    • Bushmills Black Bush

      £5.00

      A rich blend of single malt aged in Oloroso casks and grain.

    • Bushmills 16 YR Three Wood

      £12.00

      Aged in Oloroso sherry & bourbon then finished in port casks.

    • Bushmills 21 YR Three Wood

      £15.00

      Madeira finish 21 YR single malt.

    • Bushmills Original

      £5.00

      Grain and malt slowly matured in American oak for a minimum 5 years.

    • Bushmills 12 YR Distillery Reserve

      £6.50

      Matured mainly in ex-Oloroso casks – can only be bought at the distillery! (and here).

    • Bushmills Steamship

      £12.00

      A travel retail exclusive sherry cask. We love a session in a duty free.

    • Bushmills Steamship Port

      £12.00

      This limited edition has been finished in port barrels which have given the whiskey some lovely red berry and chocolate flavours. 

    • The Cooley Distillery

    • Connemara Single Malt

      £5.00

      One of the few Irish whiskies containing peat. A good one to convert the Islay drinkers.

    • Connemara 12 YR

      £8.00

      12 YR old peated, single malt Irish whiskey.

    • Connemara Turf Mor

      £7.00

      Limited edition young & very peaty Irish whiskey.

    • Greenore 18 YR

      £14.00

      World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Grain Whiskey.

    • Inishowen

      £5.00

      A peaty blended Irish whiskey. Rich & zesty.

    • Connemara 22 YR

      £18.00

      One of the oldest age statement Irish whiskies currently available.

    • Titanic

      £5.00

      A 5-year old blend from Belfast Distillery Company.

    • Tyrconnel

      £5.00

      Smooth Irish single malt whiskey.

    • Tyrconnel Port Finish

      £8.00

      10 year old Tyrconnel finished in port casks.

    • Tyrconnel Sherry Finish

      £8.00

      10 year old Tyrconnel finished in sherry casks.

    • Connemara Distillers Reserve

      £5.50

      Distiller’s edition with a slightly higher ABV punch.

    • Tyrconnel Madeira Finish

      £8.00

      10 year old Tyrconnel in madeira casks.

    • Connemara Single Cask

      £20.00

      13 YR Peated Single Malt

    • Tyrconnell 16

      £9.00

      16 YR Single Malt

    • Connemara

      £5.00

      Peated Single Malt

    • Teelings Whiskey Company

    • Teeling Small Batch

      £5.00

      Finished in rum casks and bottled at 46% without chill-filtration.

    • Teeling Single Grain

      £5.50

      Matured full term in Californian Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels.

    • Teeling Single Malt

      £6.00

      A blend of whiskies as old as 23 YR matured in an array of wine casks.

    • Teeling 21 YR

      £25.00

      A lightly peated 21 YR, matured in ex-bourbon casks and then married in Sauternes casks to finish.

    • Teeling 15 YR Revival

      £10.00

      Released to mark the opening of the Teeling Distillery in Dublin.

    • Teeling Single Cask Madeira Finish

      £12.00

      Packs a punch at 55.5% with a sweet finish.

    • Teeling Single Cask White Burgundy Finish

      £15.00

      Exclusive bottling for the Celtic Whiskey Shop in Dublin.

    • Teeling 13 YR Revival

      £13.00

      Aged for 12 years in bourbon then 1 more year in Calvados! Think apple pie.

    • Teeling Single Cask Port Finish

      £12.00

      This travel retail release sees the whiskey finished off with a lovely port richness.

    • Glendalough Distillery

    • Glendalough Double Barrel

      £5.00

      Single grain whiskey, aged in Bourbon barrels & finished in Oloroso sherry casks.

    • Glendalough 7 YR

      £7.00

      A non-chill filtered single malt.

    • Glendalough 13 YR

      £9.00

      The style of whiskey your great granddad drank.

    • Glendalough Triple Barrel

      £10.00

      A fairly exclusive bottle, which sees the Double Barrel finished off in some Madeira casks for extra dimension.

    • Glendalough Mizunara

      £10.00

      13 YR Single Malt

    • Walsh Whiskey Distillery Co

    • The Irishman Founders

      £5.00

      The first release from Walsh, a combination of 70% single malt and 30% single pot still whiskeys.

    • The Irishman Single Malt

      £5.50

      Triple distilled and aged in a combination of bourbon and oloroso sherry casks.

    • The Irishman Cask Strength

      £10.00

      Limited to 2,000 bottles each year.

    • Writer’s Tears

      £5.00

      A combination of pot still & single malt whiskies.

    • Writer’s Tears Cask Strength

      £10.00

      Writer’s Tears blend with some added ‘oomph’.

    • Writer’s Tears Red Head

      £8.00

      The Oloroso sherry casks give this one its red headed appearance. Plenty of richness & at 46%.

    • The Irishman 12 YR

      £6.50

      Aged in first fill bourbon casks.

    • Slane Distillery

    • Slane Irish Whiskey

      £5.00

      Blended

    • Midleton Distillery

    • Power’s Three Swallows

      £6.00

      A great introductory pot still expression.

    • Jameson Crested

      £6.00

      Higher pot still to grain ratio.

    • Green Spot Single Pot Still

      £5.00

      Historic single pot still Irish whiskey – creamy & spicy.

    • Jameson Select Reserve

      £6.50

      Jameson aged in double charred first-fill bourbon casks.

    • Paddy Centenary

      £10.00

      A single pot still limited-edition version of the famous Paddy Irish Whiskey released to celebrate the 2013 centenary of the brand.

    • Paddy Irish Honey

      £5.00

      Paddy’s triple-distilled and triple-blended Irish Whiskey with honey flavourings.

    • Paddy Spiced Apple

      £5.00

      Paddy’s triple-distilled and triple-blended Irish Whiskey with spiced apple flavourings.

    • Power’s Gold Label

      £5.00

      Spicy pot still character and is aged between 5 and 6 years in Bourbon casks.

    • Power’s John Lane

      £6.50

      A combination of bourbon and oloroso-sherry-cask-matured spirit – non-chill filtered.

    • Red Breast 12 YR

      £6.00

      Single pot still Irish whiskey, with a warm, generous texture, rich, sweet flavours and a spicy kick.

    • Red Breast 12 YR Cask Strength

      £8.50

      A stronger, richer incarnation of Red Breast 12 YR.

    • Red Breast 15 YR

      £15.00

      Richer, earthier and stronger than its 12-year-old sibling.

    • Red Breast 21 YR

      £17.00

      Bourbon and first-fill Oloroso casks. The oldest of the Red Breast range.

    • Yellow Spot 12 YR

      £7.00

      12 years old and matured in Malaga casks on top of the Bourbon & Sherry.

    • Green Spot Chateau Leoville Barton

      £8.00

      Green spot finished in Bordeaux cask.

    • Jameson Caskmates Franciscan Well Brewery

      £6.00

      Jameson finished in casks that once contained stout.

    • Midleton Reserve Pot Still

      £16.00

      Combines bourbon cask matured whiskey with some from a new American oak barrel.

    • Midleton Very Rare

      £15.00

      Second release from Master Distiller Brian Nation.

    • Power’s Signature

      £6.00

      Predominately matured in ex-bourbon with a small proportion of 1st fill bourbon & sherry casks.

    • Jameson Caskmates Beavertown

      £20.00

      Special release - Jameson finished in casks that held some Beavertown beer!

    • Jameson 18 YR

      £10.00

      A blend of two pot still and one grain. Matured in sherry then finished in bourbon.

    • Jameson Bold

      £6.50

      Part of Jameson’s Deconstructed Series. This focuses on the bold characteristic of Jameson.

    • Jameson Gold Reserve

      £8.00

      A special pot still whiskey-heavy version of Jameson.

    • Midleton Dair Ghaelach

      £25.00

      A single pot still whiskey that was aged initially in refill American oak for between 15 and 22 years and then finished for a year in virgin Irish oak. This is something else!

    • Paddy Irish Whiskey

      £5.00

      Named after generous whiskey salesman Paddy Flaherty, this is a triple distilled, triple blend of grain, malt & pot still.

    • Powers Gold Label

      £5.00

      A sure sight in any pub in Ireland. Spicy pot still character and aged between 5 & 6 years in Bourbon casks.

    • Powers Three Swallows

      £6.00

      A great introductory pot still. Named three swallows after how you should drink a measure.

    • Powers Signature Release

      £6.50

      A heavy pot still spirit aged between 7-9 years old.

    • Powers John Lane 12 YR

      £7.00

      A combination of bourbon and oloroso-sherry-cask-matured spirit reminiscent to the style that was once made in Dublin.

    • Redbreast Lustau Edition

      £20.00

      Limited! Finished for one extra year in first-fill sherry butts which have been seasoned with oloroso sherry from the prestigious Bodegas Lustau in Jerez, Spain.

    • Green Spot Chateau Montelena

      £8.00

      Single Pot Still

    • Midleton Method & Madness

      £8.00

      Single Malt Bourbon/Limousin

    • Jameson Black Barrel

      £6.50

      Blended Bourbon/Oloroso

    • Dingle Distillery

    • Dingle Whiskey

      £10.00

      Single Malt

    • Kilbeggan Distillery

    • Kilbeggan 18 YR

      £15.00

      Small batch release of only 4,000 bottles.

    • Locke’s 8 YR

      £8.00

      A ceramic crock containing tasty 8 year old Irish Single Malt whisky.

    • Kilbeggan Blended

      £5.00

      An easygoing blend of grain & malt from Ireland’s oldest distillery.

    • Kilbeggan 8 YR Single Grain

      £6.50

      This grain whiskey loads plenty of flavour. A great one for introducing someone to whiskey!

    • West Cork Distillery

    • West Cork Blend

      £5.00

      A blend of grain and malt aged in bourbon casks.

    • West Cork 10 YR

      £6.00

      A single malt with plenty of character.

    • West Cork Cask Strength

      £6.50

      A blend of grain & malt but this time – at cask strength.

    • West Cork Glengarriff Bog Oak

      £6.50

      Single Malt.

    • Boann Distillery

    • The Whistler 7 YR

      £8.00

      A 7 year old single malt finished in bourbon & oloroso from a distillery settled in the historic Boyne Valley.

    • The Whistler 10 YR

      £10.00

      A more mature & mellowed out version of the 7 year. You probably won’t be too mature or mellow after a few of these!

    • Connacht Whiskey Company

    • Spade & Bushel

      £8.00

      10 YR Single Malt

    • Pearse Lyons Distillery

    • Pearse The Original

      £5.00

      Blended

    • Castle Brands Inc.

    • Clontarf

      £5.00

      A blend of malt whiskey from Co. Antrim and grain whiskey from Co. Cork.

    • Knappogue 12

      £5.00

      12 YR Single Malt

    • Knappogue Castle 16 YR

      £13.00

      A twin wood 16 YR single malt.

    • Knappogue 14

      £8.00

      14 YR Single Malt

    • Hyde Whiskey

    • Hyde No. 5 Burgundy

      £5.50

      6 YR Single Grain

    • Hyde No. 2 1

      £6.50

      10 YR Single Malt

    • Tipperary Whiskey

    • Tipperary Watershed

      £5.50

      Single Malt

    • Tipperary Knockmealdowns

      £8.00

      10 YR Single Malt

    • Tipperary 2008

      £10.00

      8 YR Single Malt

    • Sliadh Liag

    • Silkie

      £5.50

      Blended

    • The Dublin Liberties Distillery

    • The Dubliner Liqueur

      £5.00

      Irish whiskey blended with honeycomb. Good one if you have a sweet tooth.

    • The Dubliner 10 Year Old Single Malt

      £7.50

      Single malt that has been matured for the entire 10 years in ex-bourbon casks.

    • The Dublin Liberties Oak Devil

      £5.00

      Non-chill filtered & bourbon casks. Bit of a kick.

    • The Dublin Liberties Copper Alley

      £7.50

      Big sherry notes in this one. This one is limited.

    • Kinahan’s

    • Kinahan’s Blended

      £5.50

      6-10 year old whiskey & non-chill filtered. Citrus & tropical notes

    • Kinahan’s Single Malt

      £6.50

      The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland’s go to single malt. 10 years old & aged in ex-bourbon casks.

    • Roe & Co

    • Roe & Co

      £5.00

      Non chill, a blend of grain & malt, exclusively bourbon casks. Enjoyable first example from the lads that sold Bushmills.

    • Jack Ryan

    • Beggars Bush

      £6.50

      12 YR Single Malt

    • The Quiet Man

    • The Quiet Man

      £5.00

      8 YR Single Malt

    • Prizefight

    • Prizefight

      £8.00

      Blended

    • The Boutique-y Whisky Company

    • Irish Single Malt No. 1

      £12.00

      13 YR Single Malt

    • Irish Single Malt No. 1

      £25.00

      24 YR Single Malt

    • Cadenhead LTD

    • Cadenhead’s Irish

      £20.00

      16 YR Peated Single Malt

    • Chapel Gate

    • JJ Corry The Gael

      £6.50

      Blended

    • Cill Airne Whiskey

    • Cill Airne PX Single Cask

      £20.00

      Single Malt

    • Private Collection

    • Bushmills 1975 Millennium

      £10.00

      Single Malt. Virgin American (43%)

    • Knappogue Castle 1951

      £20.00

      Single Pot Still. Bourbon/Sherry (40%)

    • Dungourney 1964 Reserve

      £30.00

      Single Pot Still. Bourbon (40%)

    • Rare & Vintage

    • Henry Thomson & Co (1910s)

      £80.00

      Blended (40%)

    • Irish Mist (1960s)

      £25.00

      Liqueur (35%)

    • Jameson 15YR (1970s)

      £40.00

      Blended. Bourbon/Sherry (40%)

    • Paddy (1970s)

      £15.00

      Blended. Bourbon/Sherry (40%)

    • Power’s Gold (1970s)

      £25.00

      Blended. Bourbon (40%)

    • Tullamore DEW (1970s)

      £25.00

      Blended. Bourbon (40%)

    • Old Bushmills (1970s)

      £10.00

      Blended.Bourbon (43%)

    • Black Bush (1980s)

      £15.00

      Blended. Bourbon/Sherry (43%)

    • Old Comber (1980s)

      £50.00

      30 YR Single Pot Still. Bourbon (40%)