Cork Whiskey Society

Cork Whiskey Society host regular whiskey tasting events in Cork. We meet regularly to learn about the rich heritage of distilling our native spirit in Ireland, to enjoy the company of fellow whiskey-lovers and to sample interesting whiskeys that are often prohibitively rare and expensive for the individual consumer.

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Merry Christmas to our many friends and to all Cork Whiskey Society members!

Please drink responsibly this festive season and, when looking for your Christmas 'Drop', why not pop into our selection, in no particular order, of our 12 city whiskey pubs of Corkonian Christmas.

  • The Porterhouse, Sheare's St
  • Coughlan's Bar, Douglas St
  • The Porterhouse, North Mall
  • The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St
  • High B, Oliver Plunkett St 
  • The Shelbourne, McCurtain St
  • Costigans, Washington St
  • The Welcome Inn, Parnell Place
  • Upstairs @ Arthur Maynes
  • The Woodford, Paul St
  • Mutton Lane Inn, Mutton Lane
  • The Oval, South Main St
If you find yourself outside the city, then special mention must go to the Folkhouse, Kinsale (Munster Irish Whiskey Bar of the year)  and Cronins of Crosshaven.

Remember too that, since at least the 1870's, Santa's favourite tipple of choice has been pungent Irish whiskey. The vineyards of France, and indeed throughout the rest of Europe, had been devastated by a nasty American vine louse. On Christmas Eve, alongside a carrot or two for the reindeer, the children of Britain and Ireland began to leave out traditional Irish whiskey instead of the usual brandy or cognac. And Santa's preferred taste for the traditional Irish drop has not changed just yet - so make sure you remember this on Christmas Eve 2017!

"Quite simply, we're all about whiskey"

Come to a Tasting

Tasting attendee's, including non-members, are a diverse bunch who share the enjoyment of rare whiskeys in a social setting. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the cordial, fun atmosphere. The days of stuffy, boring Society's are long gone!


Cork Whiskey Society membership is a great way to enhance your knowledge and enjoyment of mostly Irish whiskeys in the company of  like-minded individuals. We've yet to find a more enjoyable way to sip fine whiskey.

Sell your Whiskey

We're always on the lookout for vintage Irish whiskeys to include in our tastings. We provide, at no obligation, expert appraisal and a means to sell on your old Irish whiskey. You may even opt to join us when we finally sample that old relic!


Cork Whiskey Society host monthly tastings in pleasant city whiskey venues e.g.  Shelbourne, Oliver Plunkett, Bull McCabes, The Roundy, CoqBull, Coughlans, Costigans, The Porterhouse, Franciscan Well etc.

Contact us

Phone: +353 (0)86 806 4223 (Eric)



Join us                               

Be assured that most any questions you have on Irish whiskey will be answered. We have a panel of experts that work within the whiskey industry; distillers, publicans and whiskey retailers, yet rest assured we don't take ourselves too seriously. Our tastings are  relaxed, informative affairs with plenty of banter.                               


Cork Whiskey Society is a registered trademark

Cork Whiskey Society is a non-profit organization

Cork , Ireland, T34 DR53

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