Top 10 little-known Irish whiskey facts

15th March, 2017 by Annie Hayes

From the world’s most expensive bottling to the origin of the Irish coffee, we present a round-up of 10 obscure Irish whiskey facts ahead of St Patrick’s Day on Friday.

SB explores the origin of the Irish coffee

What started out as a religious day in homage to the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish tradition the world over – and a fundamental part of the culture is, of course, Irish whiskey.

The category as a whole is experiencing a real resurgence, with sales climbing 20% in 2016 alone. It has has been the fastest growing spirit in the world every year since 1990, and according to Irish food board Bord Bia, global exports of Irish whiskey are on track to double by 2020.

This is not the first time the category has experienced a boom – it was even the most popular spirit in Scotland for a period in the 1800s – but there’s more on that in the pages to come.

Pour yourself a tot of the hard stuff and educate yourself with our curious list.

Click through the following pages for our selection of little-known facts about Irish whiskey.

Have we missed anything out? Let us know in the comments below.

One Response to “Top 10 little-known Irish whiskey facts”

  1. John Moriarty says:

    Interesting. However the largest still at Midleton of old sits in the distillery. I think the one outside is a replica of it.

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