Irish Whiskey is the fastest growing spirit category in the world. The earliest record of Whiskey production in Ireland dates to 1405 -- for those of you who prefer not to do their own counting that’s over 600 years!
The Irishman’s claim to spirit fame is the single Pot Still, a style unique to Irish Whiskey, though not the only production method used in Ireland (they make malt and grain Whiskeys too). It's a triple distilled Whiskey, made from a combination of malted and unmalted barley. About a 100 year ago, the British government taxed malted barley, so the Irishmen outsmarted them by using unmalted barley for the distillation. Take that!
Irish Whiskeys have fewer hard and fast rules than some other spirit families. The majority of them are triple distilled, but not all. The majority are made in a pot still, but not all. The majority are unpeated, but not all. However, Irish Whiskey must be aged for at least three years in wooden casks of a capacity not exceeding 700 litres. The exemplars of Irish Whiskey are light, smooth yellow gold in colour with a spicy snap and a backdrop of fresh grain.