The Irishman is the Walsh family’s original whiskey. In keeping with Bernard and Rosemary’s desire to play a significant part in the revival of Irish whiskey, The Irishman represents the rebirth of the 19th Century tradition of family owned provincial whiskey distilling that thrived during the last golden age of Irish Whiskey at the end of the 1800s. At our distillery in Royal Oak, Bernard Walsh and his family are creating whiskey with a hands-on, hand-crafted approach. Bernard’s love and dedication to the whiskey craft has forged The Irishman range of tripled distilled whiskeys, whose smooth and warm glow, perfectly express the unique Irish spirit of friendship and shared welcome.
Many of these great writers, on occasion would take refuge in their local public house, where they could draw inspiration from their daily observations of life while enjoying the comfort of their favourite dram of whiskey.
Away from the writers’ enjoyment of a dram, the Irish whiskey barons were rebelling against the emergence of what they saw as inferior grain from Aeneas Coffey’s invention – the column still. The barons were protective of the traditions that had made their success possible and at that time, one whiskey blend was held high above all others. Known as the ‘champagne of Irish whiskey’ it was a master blend of pot still and malt whiskeys, both distilled in copper pots. It was enjoyed by many of the great Irish writers of the day… of course less for its inspirational qualities than its full bodied, flavoursome taste and creamy texture! It was said that they enjoyed it so much, that when they cried their tears were of whiskey.
Little did anyone consider back then, that the partnership between scribe and whiskey was to fade away almost entirely over the century that followed as the whiskey barons battled the perceived ills of technological, trade and other wars…that is, until now.
Walsh Whiskey Distillery’s Writers’ Tears is a critically acclaimed, award-winning recreation of the fabled 19th century whiskey. A truly unique expression that is embedded in history. We hope you enjoy it… literally!