In the 19th century, Ireland was the global power-house of whiskey production, with over 100 Irish whiskey distilleries, supplying the world’s most popular whiskey.
Then the 20th century happened. Between world wars, trade wars and prohibition, Irish whiskey lost its dominance. By the 1980s, there were just two distilleries left making Irish whiskey. But Irish people know a little bit about adversity! We don’t give up easily. We knew it was only a matter of time before the world rediscovered Irish whiskey. We were right. Global sales of Irish whiskey have more than doubled in the past decade; and they’re showing no sign of stopping.
Global demand has inspired an exciting new wave of local production. From two distilleries in the 1980’s, to four in 2010, we started 2020 with over 30. Many more are planned. Add to this, the many blenders, bonders and independent bottlers who form part of the exciting Irish whiskey family. Each of these producers, older and newer, are making their own unique expressions, bringing exciting depth and diversity to the Irish whiskey category.
Bartenders, buyers and bloggers are spreading the word; and whiskey-lovers from Shenzhen to San Francisco are calling for Irish whiskey as the category begins again to win the attention and loyalty of consumers on a world-wide basis. That’s amazing news for the Irish whiskey industry.