The water of life – Irish Whiskey
Whiskey in Irish would be translated as, ‘uisce beatha’, meaning water of life. Which shows the gaelic roots of the term whiskey. “Uisce Beatha” was first recorded in 1405. But Scotland had their first record of whiskey 90 years before that. Irish Whiskey is now one of the fastest growing spirit in the world. The origins of whiskey is widely debated and argmuented, but the Irish monks have picked up the technical skills of distilling perfumes while on trips to the Mediterranean in the 11th century.
A brief history of Irish Whiskeys
Although producing Irish whiskey went from being a hobby or a pastime to becoming an industry in 1608. This is when Old Bushmills Distillery, which then became the first licensed whiskey distillery in the world.
The Irish War of Independence and prohibition in the United States impacted the Irish Whiskey industry incredibly. This cut off two major destinations of high demand which was the UK and the US. The production of whiskey in Ireland suddenly went into a decline which, in turn, left only a few distilleries open.
In the year 1966, John Jameson had merged his company with Cork Distillers and John Powers, formed the Irish Distillers Group. Then, ten years later, New Midleton Distillery opened its doors in Cork. This is where most of Irelands whiskey is made. When Pernod Ricard, of the French Distillers, bought Irish Distillers. When this happened the Irish Whiskey industry soared and popularity only grew in 1988. The, Ireland exportred over 7,000,000 cases of whiskey in 2015. By the end of this year, Market forecasts predict that the 7,000,000 cases will become more than 10,000,000 cases. More independent Irish distilleries are opening all across the country. One of those include the Teeling Distillery that opened up in the city, which was the first on to open in Dublin city in 125 years.