Irish whiskey (Gaelic: Fuisce or Uisce beatha) is a whiskey made in Ireland. There are several types of whiskey common to Ireland: Single Malt, Single Grain, Pure Pot Still and Blended Whiskey.
By clicking on the distillation methods above, you can gain more information on each one. However, Irish Pure Pot Still is unique in that in Ireland, this usually refers to a whiskey made from 100% barley, both malted and unmalted. This unmalted "green" barley is what gives Irish Pure Pot Still its lively, spicy quality.
The chief differences between Irish Whiskey and Scotch are that Irish whiskey is usually a mixture of both malted and unmalted grains, and that when malted grains are present, peat is almost never used in the malting process. (Peat is what gives Scotch its smoky, earthy notes.)
Also, Irish Whiskey is largely triple-distilled. Few Scottish malts are, with some exceptions. This causes Irish Whiskey to (generally) be lighter, smoother and fresher than the majority of Scottish malts.
As of this writing, there are only three distilleries operating in Ireland, although they produce many different brands (labels) apiece. They are: New Midleton Distillery, Old Bushmills Distillery and Cooley Distillery.
'Sláinte!' (pronounced 'slawn-cha'), meaning Health! A common toast in Ireland, the equivalent to ‘Cheers’