What's the first thing you think about when you hear these names; Bono, Pierce Brosnan, C.S Lewis, Oscar Wilde and Cranberries? What about Leprechauns, Shamrocks, St. Patricks Day and the Riverdance? They are just some of the reasons why Americans love Ireland or Emerald Isle. Americans are at least part Irish. In fact, there are thirty-six million self-identified Irish or about 11.9% of the US population in 2008 and three million self-identified Scotch-Irish or about 1.2% of the US population.

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Aside from these famous people, a legend character, lucky charm, a favorite holiday and riverdance, Irish are known as famous drinkers. Irish Whiskey is made in Ireland and by agreement the Irish have protected that only Ireland can produce Irish Whiskey not even its neighboring region and countries.

The Irish Missionary Monks brought the art of distilling to Europe in sixth century. In 1171, Ireland was invaded by England headed by King Henry II and his English soldiers declare Uisce Beatha or the water of life as fuisce, which develops over time to whiskey. The first references of Irish Whiskey was authenticated in 1405.

The debate lives on if the Scots or Irish made the first Whiskey. There is not enough evidence to certify that the legends of St. Patrick brought in the distilling art of grain to Ireland. During the eighteenth and nineteenth century, Irish Whiskey was vastly famous in Great Britain. Because of the popularity, one thousand distilleries began its operation without license. Due to illegal operation of distilleries, the government forced to the raised tax. There are only 20 legal distilleries operating in 1822.

In 1838, Father Theobald Matthew inaugurated the Total Abstinence Movement. The movement produced an increased rivalry between the many Irish distilleries which led in upheld growth for the larger distilling companies at the disbursal of the smaller distilleries who often had to close down.

Irish Whiskey continues to be popular in nineteen hundreds, even in the face of trouble at home. United States and West Indies market imported great quantities of Irish Whiskey. The creation of Scotch blended whisky and the United States Prohibition are the two main. It would take two major blows working to crack the success of the Irish whiskey. Scotland's new blended Whiskey remained distillation and became popular and that raised the demand. The harmed Irish whisky industry could no longer make the bulks due to stimulated United States market.

The families Jameson and Powers and Cork from Dublin were among the most flourishing Irish distillery in 1960's, they formed the Irish Distillers Group. They chose Southern Ireland as their distilling farm. While in Northern Ireland, The oldest distillery in the world, The Bushmill's joined the Distillers group in 1972.

The Irish Whiskey Act of 1980 was passed to protect the production of Irish whiskey. The production and sales continued to sluggish, even efforts was made. Cooley Distillery, freshly formed company in 1987, purchased an alcohol plant and set up two distilleries. Cooley's has done a enormous favor to the restoration of popularity of Irish Whiskey. The French company Pernod Richard bought the Irish Distillers Group in 1988 until John Teeling established the Cooley Distillery, Ireland's only independent Irish whisky distillery, until now.

Nowadays, Jameson is the world's fastest growing spirit brand and whiskey brand. Jameson is also given the Hot Brand status by the US magazine Impact, a distinction held to date. World's fastest growing international. It sells 2 million cases worldwide in 2006.*

Barley, water and peat are the three ingredients to make whiskey. There are two types of Irish whiskey, single malted whiskey and grain whiskey. Single malted whiskey is made from 100% malted barley and is distilled in a pot still. Grain whiskey is much lighter and more neutral in flavour than single malt. Most grain whiskey is used to blend with malt to produce a lighter blended whiskey. **

Drinking whiskey in the old times had a particular rule. For Puritans, whiskey must be only savored from a tulip-shaped glass with a dash of still water. The water maximizes the uniquely luscious scent of whiskey.

Even though a relatively small class in this country, Irish whiskey - a liquor made from fermented mash of grain is one of the fastest growing spirits categories in the industry. *** In the past years, it doubled its sales, and is expected to rise this year.