The Story behind our Irish Whiskey

Irish whiskey dates back to the 12th century and is one of the oldest distilled drinks in Europe – becoming one of the most popular spirits in the world by the turn of the 18th century.

Often confused with Scotch whiskey, Irish whiskey boasts a triple distillation process which gives it a lighter and more palatable finish on the tongue – in fact, in 1755 writer Samuel Johnson stated that the whiskey is “particularly distinguished for its pleasant and mild flavour”.

Due to high demand, by 1835 there were 93 whiskey distilleries in Ireland with whiskey production hitting its peak at end of the 19th century at around 12 million cases being produced every year. From there, Irish whiskey saw a decline as a result of prohibition in the US and a trade war with Britain, leaving Irish distilleries unable to export their product and unwilling to embrace technology which might alter and cheapen the production process. During this time, gin and scotch whiskey became more popular, however, an Irish comeback was just around the corner.

Irish whiskey dates back to the 12th century and is one of the oldest distilled drinks in Europe – becoming one of the most popular spirits in the world by the turn of the 18th century.

Often confused with Scotch whiskey, Irish whiskey boasts a triple distillation process which gives it a lighter and more palatable finish on the tongue – in fact, in 1755 writer Samuel Johnson stated that the whiskey is “particularly distinguished for its pleasant and mild flavour”.

Due to high demand, by 1835 there were 93 whiskey distilleries in Ireland with whiskey production hitting its peak at end of the 19th century at around 12 million cases being produced every year. From there, Irish whiskey saw a decline as a result of prohibition in the US and a trade war with Britain, leaving Irish distilleries unable to export their product and unwilling to embrace technology which might alter and cheapen the production process. During this time, gin and scotch whiskey became more popular, however, an Irish comeback was just around the corner.

It wasn’t until Pernod Ricard took over the two remaining distilleries in Ireland in the late 1980’s that Irish whiskey had its resurgence – with a new distillery opening in time to cement the placement of Irish whiskey as a coveted, desirable spirit once again.

*Since 1990, Irish whiskey has been the fastest-growing spirit in the world every year, with exports growing a massive 140%. In 2020, Irish whiskey sales in the US generated $1.1 billion with sales of Irish whiskey on track to overtake the global Scotch whiskey market by 2030. 

Are you ready to capitalise on the fastest-growing market in the history of spirits?

Buying by the cask

Irish law states that all new whiskeys must be aged for a minimum of three years in barrels, before it can be bottled and sold to market. Buying and investing in whiskey by the cask enables you to get your hands on this new-made whiskey before it hits the bottle – supporting distilleries by funding their storage and control facilities, while also giving you the chance to own a piece of distilled history.

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Owning your own Whiskey Cask

Once you have selected and purchased your cask, it will be carefully transported from the distillery to our very own bonded warehouse in County Wexford, Ireland. This warehouse was specifically chosen by London Cask Company for its family-run connections and its professional setting, all of which contribute to the maturing of the finest gold standard whiskey.

During this maturing process, your whiskey cask is protected from damage under full insurance – the cost of which is covered by London Cask Co for the first five years of ownership as part of our contract with you.

Throughout your investment period, we will also monitor the market and keep you well informed of market movements, industry news, and offers to purchase your cask – so that you never lose out on a chance to capitalise on or learn more about your investment. And if you wish to monitor the maturing of your whiskey for yourself, sampling sessions are just one of the interventions we can arrange on your behalf.