Posted 14 July 2017
Irish whiskey is experiencing something of renaissance. There are over thirty new distilleries in various stages of planning or construction across the Emerald Isle. It’s hard to imagine that in the mid-1980’s there was only two distilleries in operation – Bushmills in the north and Midleton in the south. The rebirth can be traced back to the late 80’s with the refitting of Cooley distillery and it’s move to double distillation rather than the triple pot still distillation practiced at Bushmills. The fruits of this endeavour have taken a fair few years to truly flourish, but by 2014 the number of operating distilleries had risen to eight. By 2016 it had nearly doubled again to seventeen.