Whiskey has been distilled and enjoyed in Ireland for centuries, but amazingly there was never a society dedicated to the country's national spirit until recently.
Ireland's history has long been closely intertwined with that of our close neighbour Scotland, and this is no less true in the history of whiskey.
So perhaps it came as no surprise that it took a Scot, Michael Foggarty, to bring together the first historic meeting of the Irish Whiskey Society, which took place in Bowe's Pub in Dublin on January 29th, 2009, where the society was officially launched.
In its short history, the society has already held many tastings – some focused on our native spirit, others featuring the wonderful whiskeys being distilled all over the world.
We have enjoyed tastings in the company of Barry Crockett, the master distiller at Midleton; Noel Sweeney, the master distiller at Cooley; and Bushmills' brand ambassadors.
And we aspire to host many future tastings with the wonderful artisans responsible for creating the best whiskeys in Ireland and the world.
We have also bottled our own single cask whiskey – the Locke's Grand Crew – which was rated an astonishing 93.5 by leading whiskey writer Jim Murray.
And we intend to seek out and bottle our own special whiskey every year, which will be made available to our members.
The society would be nothing without its members, and we cordially invite you to join us on our popular discussion forum, or in person at one of our monthly tastings.
We'd especially like to invite you to join the society as a member and enjoy priority booking for our popular tastings and the chance to purchase our own special bottlings.
You are invited to read our Constitution.
Our logo represents the four existing whiskey distilleries on the island of Ireland, plus the Irish Whiskey Society itself.
The circles evoke the clink of whiskey glasses among friends and the ends of the casks in which whiskey slowly ages.