Biggest moments in Irish whiskey history

29th September, 2014 by Becky Paskin

The tale of Irish whiskey is fraught with highs and lows, making it one of the most interesting stories in the spirits industry.


We countdown 10 of the biggest moments on the history of one of the world’s most exciting spirits categories – Irish whiskey

As with all beginnings, it took entrepreneurship, courage and passion to take off, with both Bushmills and Jameson established by men with a vision within just years of one another.

The spirit became well-loved by much of the world during the 18th and 19th centuries when there were over 160 distilleries in operation, but with any good story comes heartbreak, and the industry faced almost complete obliteration by the early 20th century.

Now, 100 years on, the spirit is enjoying a resurrection thanks to a number of key occurrences in recent years, and exports are set to grow to around 12 million cases by 2020.

What happened to spark this change of fortune, and what nearly killed off the industry altogether? We chart Irish whiskey’s key moments in history over the next few pages, both the highs and the lows.

One Response to “Biggest moments in Irish whiskey history”

  1. Kobus says:

    Hi – prohibition repealed in 1933?

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