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.
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.
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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