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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – July 31 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on a Pearse Lyons new 5-year-old Single Malt release, Lidl wins gold at the International Spirits Competition and what was really like during prohibition. 

So let’s see what’s been happening this week in our Irish whiskey weekly news.


Pearse Lyons Distillery Release Exclusive 5-Year-Old Single Malt

The Pearse Lyons Distillery last night celebrated the general release of the exclusive Pearse 5-Year-Old Single Malt. The single malt carries the first new five-year age statement to appear on a bottle in more than 25 years. The limited release whiskey was produced on two small-batch copper pot stills and aged in bourbon casks. Presented in 4,000 individually numbered bottles. This whisky will exclusively be on sale in SuperValu’s Premium Whisky section and select on-trade establishments nationwide.

Gearoid Cahill, Head Distiller at the Pearse Lyons Distillery said, “The release of the Pearse Single Malt 5-Year Old marks a historic milestone in the re-evolution of the distilling industry. We are really proud to introduce the first new five- year age statement in Ireland in more than 25 years.”

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - July 31 - 2018 - Lidl

Lidl whiskey wins Gold Medal at International Wine & Spirits Competition

It was a good night for Irish whiskey-makers at International Wine & Spirits Competition.

The biggest winners on the night were Tullamore D.E.W., who won the Worldwide Whisky Trophy for its 118-Year-Old Single Malt. It’s the first time that the award has been won by an Irish whiskey-maker since 2009. Entries for the award were received from nearly 90 countries worldwide. Brian Kinsman, Tullamore D.E.W. Master Blender, commented: Working on the Tullamore D.E.W. 18 Year Old Single Malt was a two-year mission to craft an extraordinary whiskey that embodies the complex character, subtle sweetness and triple distilled smoothness that define the best of Irish Single Malt.

Another impressive success story is Dundalgan 10 year-old Single Malt Irish Whisky, produced by Lidl, which also won a Gold Medal Outstanding in the category of single malt, 8-12 years old.


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - July 31 - 2018 - Prohibition

Prohibition America trumped Ireland for drunkenness ‘three times over’

“I can say honestly that in twelve days in America I saw more cases of alcoholic intoxication than I have ever seen in Ireland for three times that period, while the scenes attending many vessels’ departure from New York must be seen to be believed.” It was early in 1928 when one Irish Times reporter quickly learned what most people would come to realise: prohibition wasn’t really working.

A widespread temperance movement in the US in the early 20th century led to the ratification of the 18th amendment and the passage of the National Prohibition Act, also known as the Volstead Act. Between about 1920 and 1933, the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors became illegal. Adherence to the law, as our reporter found out, wasn’t exactly across-the-board. Far from it.



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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – July 17 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on Pearse Lyons new 5 year old single malt, John Teeling and Bernard Walsh give newcomers a few lessons and Slane whiskey release the winners of their cocktail competition.

So let’s see what’s been happening this week in our Irish whiskey weekly news.


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - July 17 - 2018 - Pearse

Pearse Lyons release 5-year-old Single malt

On Thursday last Pearse Lyons released their Cask Strength launched as a travel exclusive to The Loop at Dublin Airport. Limited to 1,000 bottles, individually numbered and bottled at 59.3%, it hails the first release from Pearse Lyons Distillery that is wholly their own spirit. Further to this release, a 4,000 bottle release of 46% ABV. 5-year-old whiskey is expected shortly, but I haven’t tried that yet.

The Cask Strength box and bottle, much like the distillery, is designed to be a real eye-catcher. The box is embossed, both raised and lowered, laying out the design of St James’s Church steeple where the Pearse Lyons Distillery is located, along with details that can be found inside the church.


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - July 17 - 2018 - Teeling

Irish whiskey needs ‘new and nimble’ distillers

Bernard Walsh, founder and managing director of Walsh Whiskey Distillery, said the category may have lacked innovation in the past, but partly attributed this to the number of distillers on the market. Until 2013, the only distilleries producing and selling Irish whiskey were Cooley, Kilbeggan, New Midleton and Old Bushmills. By 2017, this number had more than quadrupled to 18 – and 16 more are already being planned. Walsh said: “[Innovation] is possibly one area maybe in years gone by we might have under-delivered on.

“Innovation is high on the agenda and we need to broaden out the profile of Irish whiskey. Irish whiskey over the last century has really narrowed its focus but now we’re broadening out and innovation is leading to that.”

Jack Teeling, founder and managing director of the Teeling Whiskey Company, supported Walsh’s stance. He told SB that new Irish whiskey producers are “vital” to creating diversity within the category, which will be key to its success. “We need to be able to connect with a new generation of drinkers, and it can’t all be down to one brand, or two brands, or blended whiskey; we need pot stills, single malts – we need variety.“The new guys are needed to complement the bigger guys who do a lot of heavy lifting in terms of consumer recruitment, but we need discovery brands to keep them excited about Irish whiskey. “If we can do that, we can keep going for the next 30 or 40 years.”


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - July 17 - 2018 - Slane

Slane whiskey announces cocktail winners.

The Slane Cocktail Series gave bartenders a chance to develop and showcase recipes featuring triple-casked Irish whiskey. That has been great news for whiskey fans in BostonChicago and San Francisco who now have a long list of exciting bars and mouthwatering cocktails to discover.

But the biggest winners of the Slane Cocktail Series were the bartenders behind the nine top recipes. These innovative cocktail makers won an immersive trip to the Slane Castle in Ireland, in addition to being featured on their own city’s guide to great Irish whiskey. Get to know the winners of the Slane Cocktail Series. This is how they earned a trip to Ireland and what they experienced while they were there.


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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – July 10 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on a turning a negative into whiskey positive, Walsh Whiskey head to the Caribbean and what happens if you bring Pernod Ricard to court over your whiskey supply

So let’s see what’s been happening this week in our Irish whiskey weekly news.


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Marty

Turning whiskey into gold.

When Michelin man Marty McAuley’s career was on the rocks he took a shot at a new career that warmed his heart… hosting tours – and more – to celebrate Ulster’s historic links to whiskey. The 43-year-old Ballymena man was one of over 850 employees made redundant after the local tyre factory closed last month.

Marty adopted a glass half full attitude, saying he had never been unemployed in his life and was not about to start. So, in a neat move, he embarked on a career in whiskey to ensure locals and visitors get to appreciate the whiskey of Ulster and beyond. He explained: “I always had an interest in whiskey and obviously the interest developed because I enjoy a wee tipple myself. “The first thing I thought of when the Michelin factory closure was announced was tourism, and I discovered that Irish whiskey is the fastest-growing drinks market in the world and that the Irish Whiskey Association wanted to increase tourism.

He set up his website, which is jam-packed with quirky stories and must-read reviews about popular and obscure brands. Marty also does bespoke whiskey tours, and visitors have travelled from as far away as Japan.


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - The Irishman

Whiskey Distillery Releases ‘The Irishman Founder’s Reserve – Caribbean Cask Finish’ whiskey distilleries will close in next

Walsh Whiskey Distillery has released the second expression in The Irishman Founder’s Reserve Cask Series, a limited edition finished in rum casks from the tiny tropical Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. The Irishman Founder’s Reserve – Caribbean Cask Finish, a super-premium whiskey, is a rare vatting of Single Pot Still and Single Malt whiskeys finished for 6 months in Chairman’s Reserve Rum casks.

In recent years, as part of his research into new cask finishes for his portfolio of whiskeys, Walsh Whiskey founder, Bernard Walsh, has sourced casks from a range of countries including Spain, France, China, Kentucky and Italy. This limited edition, of just 12 casks, began in 2014 when he made the trip to the island of Saint Lucia in the West Indies in search of rare casks to give a special expression to his original whiskey.

The Irishman Founder’s Reserve is distilled entirely in copper pot stills and Bernard’s journey took him to visit the famous St. Lucia Distillers (established 1932) where they also use copper pot stills to distil their rum. While there, Bernard handpicked 12 oak casks and he chose to age them in St. Lucia Distillers’ iconic Chairman’s Reserve Rum for a minimum of 2 years from 2015. The casks were subsequently brought to Ireland in the autumn of 2017 and used to finish a batch of The Irishman Founder’s Reserve for 6 months.


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Wild Geese

Wild Geese are taking Pernod Ricard to the High court

THE COMPANIES BEHIND The Wild Geese Irish whiskey has taken Irish Distillers to court for allegedly causing, and continuing to cause, “serious damage” to its brand. Avalon – who have the exclusive licence for the brand – and Protégé International Group -the exclusive sales agent in the EU – allege that Irish Distillers has “abused its dominant position” in the Irish whiskey market by refusing to supply it while supplying other whiskey brands.

Irish Distillers – whose brands include Jameson, Powers and Midleton – is contesting the claim, however, and said that it previously offered to supply its smaller rival but couldn’t agree on terms. Its large-scale production facility in Midleton in Cork produces a number of Irish whiskeys, and in a statement, the company said it actively supports other Irish whiskeys.  Avalon and Protégé are seeking a High Court order that would require Irish Distillers to supply Irish whiskey to them, as has been requested by Protégé consistently since 2001. The pair is also seeking damages against the whiskey giant.



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