Meet Our Founder
A decade ago, having fallen just as heartily for whiskey as he had for Ireland and the streets of Glasnevin, Mihai turned his sights to bringing the quintessential Irish tipple to the market himself. Now, those aged casks are ready to decant, spreading the history and warmth of the Irish welcome, in bottles of the smoothest single malt triple-distilled whiskey.
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The Glasnevin Irish Whiskey Story
The founders of Glasnevin Irish Whiskey care deeply about the origins of the barley and grains that make up every bottle, the integrity of the distillation and aging processes that make it so smooth, and the history of one of the world’s most famous beverages.
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Inspiration & Emigration
Ireland has a well-known history of emigration, its sons and daughters travelling far and wide in search of safety, stability and success.
Emigrants carried with them skills that sustained their new lives and nourished their new communities, whether in teaching, nursing, building, farming or distilling, as they still do today.
Irish men and women brought their ancient methods of distillation far and wide, recreating centuries-old steps in every corner of the globe, from Kentucky to Quebec. Their legacy can be seen in the names of great spirit houses such as Hennessey, the French cognac dynasty founded by a military officer from County Cork.
Ireland is well-known for many beverages, including porter, cider and gin, but it is most famous for whiskey. The amber drink is an integral part of Irish culture, featured in poems, songs, paintings and books, and forming a centrepiece of any get-together, wherever we are in the world.
We raise a glass of whiskey in celebration and commiseration, with friends old and new, in good times and in bad. It provides a conduit to our past, a connection to our people, and inspiration for our future.
A Sip of History
Their uisce beatha (meaning water of life) evolved into modern Irish whiskey, which became renowned around the world for its purity and flavour. In the 19th century, Irish whiskey was responsible for some 60% of global whiskey sales, with over 1,000 distilleries on the island of Ireland, according to Great Northern Distillery.
The 20th century brought great challenges to the Irish whiskey industry, from Prohibition in the United States in 1919 to economic tariffs in the UK in the 1930s. But in the last decades, Irish whiskey has seen an extraordinary resurgence, gaining global recognition and appreciation once again for its ancient provenance, exquisite flavour and international prestige.