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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – August 28- 2018

This week we feature articles on Conor McGregor opening his new distillery, worlds most expensive Japanese whiskey is sold at auction and Irelands single pot still sales are rising.

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


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Conor McGregor looking to become top dog in the distilling business

The Notorious revealed that he is now running the “finest” whisky distillery in Ireland while acknowledging that Jameson is the current top dog, he vowed that his own brand will be coming to take over. In yet another hint of his ambitions outside combat sports, McGregor is not only driven to succeed for money but in memory of his late grandfather – who was an “avid” Irish whiskey man according to the 30-year-old.

“It is in my opinion, the finest distillery we have on this great island. We have the purest soil, with the freshest Irish spring water, and our golden Irish grain and malt are so golden, sunglasses are required to look directly at them. 77 acres of un-matched Irish soil. We are producing nothing but liquid gold here. Proper liquid gold.”


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Worlds most expensive Japanese whisky sold for $343,300

A bottle of rare Japanese whisky sold at a world-record price on Friday, the third record shattered this year for a single malt from the country. The 50-year-old Yamazaki first edition went for 2.695 million Hong Kong dollars ($343,000), including the buyer’s premium, at a Bonhams auction in Hong Kong. The buyer chose to remain anonymous, Bonhams said, but the auction house disclosed that the winner — who placed the bid by phone — was from Asia.

The previous record for a bottle of Japanese whisky was set in May when an expression of Karuizawa 1960 52-year-old The Dragon fetched HK$2.45 million at Bonhams in Hong Kong. In January, a Yamazaki single malt aged 50 years sold for HK$2.337 million at a Sotheby’s auction, also in Hong Kong.


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Single Pot Still increases share of Global sales

A unique Irish whiskey style is known as single pot still is now accounting for a growing share of the Irish category. While single malts are made with 100% malted barley and single grains are primarily corn-and barley-based, single pot still whiskies are made with a mixed mash of malted and unmalted barley. This lends a spicier, more peppery finish to the taste.

Last year, Irish Distillers invested $11 million in its Midleton Distillery in County Cork, Ireland, aiming to grow the facility’s single pot still capacity by more than 30%. Three new copper pot stills were installed at the distillery and became operational last June. At Walsh Distillery in Carlow, Ireland, commercial director John Kelly sees great opportunity for the single pot still style. “Single pot still is a fantastic opportunity for the industry to put itself out there as a category, and differentiate it from, say, Scotch whisky,” he says.


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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – September 28- 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on an Irish Whiskey Associations new distillery mentorship programme, ABFI slam new Alcohol bill and 5 million euro for Lough Ree Distillery. 

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


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IWA announces new mentoring programme at Midleton

The programme offers entrants a programme of workshops, seminars and one-to-one support from experienced distillery and industry experts on topics including distilling, innovation, and health and safety management.  In the last five years, 16 new distilleries have opened in Ireland and a further 29 are in the planning or development stage, according to the IWA.

The Knowledge Still programme will also ensure that products will continue to comply with the Irish whiskey ‘technical file’ and other statutory requirements, as well as maintaining high standards. William Lavelle, head of the IWA, said: “Protecting the high standards of the Irish whiskey industry and promoting innovation is key to the future success of the category.

“Our main goal is to protect and pass on the high-quality standards which have become a hallmark for Irish whiskey.



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ABFI concerned about new Alcohol Labelling

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, reversed his decision on cancer warnings on alcohol labels by reintroducing the move into the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. The move has now been criticised by the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), that said that it will turn Ireland’s food and drinks industry into a ‘global pariah’.

The ABFI said that the “draconian proposal” will force ‘hugely damaging and misleading cancer warning labels on all alcohol products sold in Ireland, including craft beer, artisan gin and quality whiskey’, which will greatly hinder trade with international companies. ABFI also said that measures in the Alcohol Bill should be proportionate and evidence-based and that the idea of picking and choosing one disease over the other health risks and/or benefits associated with alcohol consumption was confusing and nonsensical.

“We all agree that alcohol misuse and underage drinking should be addressed, and we support the objective of the Alcohol Bill in this regard. But it is imperative that the end result is a piece of legislation that is effective, evidence-based, compliant with EU law, and does not do undue harm to an important Irish industry,” said Patricia Callan, Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland.


Lough Ree Distillery invests 5m euro in new expansion

Lough Ree Distillery is investing in excess of €5 million in expanding its facilities, with construction of a new distillery and visitor centre set to commence in the coming weeks ahead of an official opening in mid-2019, creating over 20 jobs locally.

Based on the banks of Lough Ree at Lanesborough’s crossing point on the River Shannon, the new distillery’s owners assert that it will increase local and international tourism to the area, resulting in upwards of 25,000 visitors by 2023.

When in full production, Lough Ree Distillery will have production capacity for 50,000 cases of premium whiskey and 15,000 cases of gin and other white spirits per annum.

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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – October 17 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on the upcoming Whiskey Live 2018 at the Printworks in Dublin Castle and the expansion of Irish Distillers operation in Cork.

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



Irish Whiskey Weekly News - October 17 - 2018 - Whiskey Live

Dublin Whiskey LIVE shift from foreign to local industry

Much of this is down to Ally Alpine and the team at the Celtic Whiskey Shop, on Dublin’s Dawson Street, which took over the hosting of the event a few years go and has been fundamental in bridging the gap between producers and consumers, by organising tasting nights and educational talks and tours.

The country’s biggest producer, Irish Distillers Limited (IDL), has a big presence with its premium brands Midleton Very Rare and Redbreast on show, as well as its experimental line Method and Madness. Mitchell & Sons wine merchants will have the complete Midleton distillery ‘Spot’ range including the yet to be released 15-year-old Red Spot. Heavy-hitters Bushmills will be tasting its entire core range, including the superb 21-year-old. Teeling will be unveiling its highly anticipated single pot still bottling — one of which sold for €11,200, a record for a new distillery.


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - October 17 - 2018 - Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers to invest €150 million in upgrades

The majority of the money (€130 million) will be spent on the company’s distillery in Midleton and maturation site in Dungourney – both in County Cork. Among the upgrades and installations taking place at Dungourney will be the addition of eight new maturation warehouses, each with a 16,800 cask capacity, meaning that Irish Distillers will be able to store an additional 134,400 casks. It will also be installing additional distilling equipment at Midleton in order to expand its production capacity.

This includes an additional German-made mechanical vapour recompression evaporator, a third mash filter and new fermenters. The construction of a new office building at the distillery is also due to be completed in July 2019. The distilling giant said the investment was prompted by the strong performance of its Jameson whisky brand, which is now in double or triple-digit growth in over 80 markets, according to the producer.

The remaining €20 million will be spent on the development of its Fox and Geese bottling plant in Dublin. Here Irish Distillers will extend the main bottling hall as well as expand its storage warehouses, laboratory and office space while also carrying out upgrades to existing equipment.



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