Whiskey has been distilled and enjoyed in Ireland for centuries, but amazingly there has never been 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 now retired 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 points by leading whiskey writer, Jim Murray. Our Midleton 17 year Single Pot Still bottling received a rating of 95 points in 2012 in the same author's Whisky Bible.

And we intend to seek out and bottle our own special whiskey every year, to 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 any 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, Code of Conduct, Health & Safety Policy, Tasting Risk Assessment

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