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Irish Whiskey goes back in time for many hundreds of years and to most peoples surprise, Irish Whiskey not Scotch Whisky was the most sold and exported around the World. Ireland had over one thousand distilleries registered back in the early nineteenth century and to highlight even more Irish Whiskies dominent market position, for in just the USA at that time Ireland had over four hundred brands of whiskey on sale.

Irish whiskey is very different from Scotch Whisky in both the ingredients that can be used and also the distilling processes. Irish Whiskey comes in four main formats depending on the type of grain used and the distillation process.

Irish variants include: IRISH GRAIN WHISKEY…….this is produced from the continuous still process in a column or coffey still. A variety of grains can be used and most of the whiskey produced is used in blended whiskey by mixing with pot still produced whiskey.

SINGLE MALT IRISH WHISKEY…….these whiskies are made by only using malted barley distilled in a pot still within a single distillery, the process being similar to Scotch Whisky.

SINGLE POT STILL IRISH WHISKEY…… made from a blend of malted and unmalted barley, only distilled in a pot still only within a single distillery. The use of two styles of barley is thought by many lovers of Irish Whiskey to be simply the best.

BLENDED IRISH WHISKEY……….is a blend of any of the above previously mentioned Irish Whiskey forms. Blended Irish Whiskey is by far the most popular whiskey made in Ireland, both in volume and variety of choice. With many new boutique distilleries coming on line over the next five years or so, more of the other three styles will become available to the benefit of all.

Alexander Hadleigh Wine Merchants, Southampton, Hampshire, UK do offer a full and varied selection of Irish Whiskey, including all four styles. Our fine list of Irish Whiskey will match and suit most budgets and are available online or from our Southampton Wine Shop.

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Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey

A light blend with hints of toffee and chocolate on the finish

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700ml £22.75

Paddy Old Irish Whiskey

Triple distillation and long years maturing in oak casks gives this whiskey a rich and mellow flavour

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700ml £25.35

Jameson Irish Whiskey

A delightful meeting of pot still moments. Deep and fruity with some toffee on the palate

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700ml £26.93

Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey,

Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey has a rich and mellow taste. One of the more popular quality brands.

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700ml £28.35

Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey

Aged in oloroso casks this has a smooth sweetness and an intensely fruity palate

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700ml £28.45

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Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey,

Powers Gold Label Blended Irish Whiskey has lots of warm spice on the nose, followed by nuances of nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste is fresh and fruity with the warm long lingering spice finish following soon after. Tripled distilled and matured in oak casks, a spicy, honeyed full bodied flavoured whiskey,

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700ml £28.48

Jameson Crested, Irish Whiskey

Combines vivid sherry notes with hearty pot still spices

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700ml £31.97

The Pogues, Blended Irish Whiskey,

Sunlight, barley and water blended together and matured in oak barrels. An aroma of malts and cracked nuts with a sweet taste and smooth intense flavour.

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700ml £32.25

Writer's Tears Pot Still Irish Whiskey Ireland,

A unique vatting of single pot still and single malt Irish whiskey, triple distilled for extra smoothness, aged and matured to perfection in flame charred bourbon barrels. A nose with flashes of apple with hints of vanilla and honey , gently spiced with a burst of ginger, butterscotch with notes of toasted oak. Long elegant finish with subtle notes of milk chocolate and almonds. Whisky Bible 93/100 points,

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700ml £33.24

West Cork 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey,

West Cork 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey is prepared from Irish malted barley and pot distilled. The colour is maghogny brown and the nose provides an intense malt nuance, slightly sweet and floral. The taste is smooth with citrus, figs, manngo and hints of malt in the background. The finish is long and warm with wood and spice coming through at a pace.

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700ml £33.38

O'Cathain 8yrs Single Malt Irish Whiskey,

O\'Cathain 8yrs is a triple distilled whisky, matured in old oak bourbon casks, yields hints of honey and warm vanilla,

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700ml £33.82

Teeling Poitin Irish Whiskey,

Teeling Poitin, Irish Whiskey is clean crisp flavours of banana, mint and citrus fruits with some warming pepperiness from the high alcohol.

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700ml £37.02

Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey,

Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish whiskey has a full peaty nose with overtones of smoke, honey and oak. The palate picks-up strong flavours of peat again, followed by malted barley and sweet dried fruits including mango. The finish is long and full of honey flavours, smoke in the background and lots of warm spice. This Whiskey has unique and distinctive flavours, derived from clear spring water and peated barley. This is absolutely one of the best peated single malts I have ever tasted.

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700ml £37.94

The Irishman Founder's Reserve Irish Whiskey Ireland,

A unique vatting using 70% aged single malt and 30% single pot still whiskey with intense aroma and complexity giving a classic, extra smooth taste. Fragrant notes of green apple and honey give way to pot still spice and summer fruits with a deep finish fading into spiced oak and butterscotch. Whisky Bible 93/100 points

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700ml £38.90

Bushmills 10 years Old Irish Single Malt Whiskey,

A special blend to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the 1608 licence to distill

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700ml £39.85

Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey,

Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey is a fabulously feisty Irish dram, exuding all that is great in whiskey from Ireland, along with being a belter of a blend.

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700ml £41.16

Kinahan's Small Batch Irish Whiskey,

Kinahan\'s Small Batch Irish Whiskey has a lovely gold colour with delicate aromas malt and orange peel. The palate hints of candied fruit, barley and a little grapefruit. The finish long and lingering with warm spice, tropical fruits, also dried mango and apricot.

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700ml £42.61

The Irishman Single Malt Whiskey Ireland,

A small batch Irish whiskey triple distilled and aged in ex sherry and bourbon casks to give it exceptional flavour and complexity. Toffee and vanilla give way to toasted almonds, honey and floral aromas with a long decadent finish enhanced with oak and dark chocolate.

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700ml £46.84

Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey,

Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey is matured in Californian red wine barrels resulting in a sweet fruity and spicy nose, followed by the taste of strong spice, then devloping into lush red berries and grapes, with drying tannin effect at the end. The finish is very long and dominated by wood and spice.

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700ml £48.90

Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey,

Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey has a vibrant nose, notes of figs, toffee, lemon with a taste of mixed dried fruits, citrus, vanilla, spice, long finish with sweetness,

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700ml £52.71

Jack Ryan "Beggars Bush" 12 Years Old Single Malt Whiskey,

The whiskey has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels hand-picked by the family themselves, to deliver a unique taste. The golden amber glow and nose of sweet, oaky vanilla, sets you up for a delicious mouthful of silky, honey sweetness with a long, warm-hearted, lingering, spicy finish.

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700ml £54.00

The Irishman Single Malt 12 Years Irish Whiskey,

Matured in bourbon casks, sweet spicy note of vanilla, cinnamon, succulent fruits and lingering grassy cereal notes,

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700ml £57.93