This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on the new distillery opening in the liberties, the rise of the Irish distillery industry and 4 summer cocktails to enjoy in the heat.
So let’s see what’s been happening this week in our Irish whiskey weekly news.
Quintessential is set to start hiring staff for its new €10 million Dublin 8 distillery and visitor centre, which is due to be launched in late 2018. Upon its opening, the property will promote The Liberties and The Dubliner whiskey brands, which Quintessential marketing director Shane Hoyne told The Irish Independent are currently being sold in 50 countries.
Hoyne proceeded to the tell the paper that Quintessential is also seeking to capitalise upon Ireland’s current gin craze, stating, “The Irish gin sector has exploded with a load of different gin offerings and some really interesting ways to create gin, and has created something different to the UK gins. We absolutely will be looking at developing an Irish gin once the distillery is up and running.”
Like hangers-on at a free bar, the number of new Irish distilleries just keeps on growing. The Irish Whiskey Association says the number of operational stills grew from four to 18 between 2013 and 2017 with a further 16 in the pipeline. Last September, it was revealed that the actor Chris O’Dowd, from Boyle in Co Roscommon, was an investor in a new distillery in his hometown. West Cork-based Clonakilty Distillery (clonakiltydistillery.ie) and Boann (boanndistillery.ie) in Meath, meanwhile, both claim to be opening this summer — so any day now.
Whiskey has to mature for a minimum of three years before it can be called whiskey and although spirits can be interesting at that age, most drinkers would agree that five years or more would be better.
It’s not just mixologists who like to shake things up. Distilleries are pushing the boundaries too, and now Irish whiskey is the fastest growing spirit in the world.
For Jameson, this means finishing Jameson Caskmates IPA, a triple distilled Irish whiskey in craft IPA-seasoned barrels. It’s ideal for anyone who’s torn between the soft smoothness of an Irish whiskey and the refreshing characteristics of an ice-cold beer.
The boom in whiskey distilling also marks the introduction of Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition which retains all the smoothness of triple distilled Jameson, with added chocolate, coffee and butterscotch notes from the stout barrels, and can be paired with a craft stout beer.
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