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Irish Rising

By Gavin D Smith

All whisky is enjoying good times, but Irish whiskey is at the top of the heap—the fastest growing brown spirit in the world, with a growth rate of 12.5 percent annually, according to the IWA. In 2015, Ireland sold 8.5 million cases of whiskey, including spirit destined for liqueurs. Of this, 46 percent was exported to the U.S., with Nordic and European markets receiving most of the remainder.

So, how did an industry of just two monopolistic distilleries 30 years ago metamorphose into one with potentially 28 whiskey-making operations in as diverse a range of ownership as one could imagine?…Read more about the transformation of Irish whiskey in the current issue. Plus: 10 Irish Whiskeys You Must Try Now!

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