Irish Whiskey News – November 21 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the industrys fight to keep up with demand and the rise of Tullamore Dew sales.

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

Whiskey connoisseurs call the shots at Dublin Castle

It is hard to keep up with all the new whiskey brands and new releases by established distillers. A walk around specialist suppliers such as the Celtic Whiskey Shop or L Mulligan in Dublin, or the shops at the airport, can leave your head spinning.

It’s not practical to buy a bottle of everything, of course, but you could visit a good whiskey bar with a couple of friends and sip your way through a few. Perhaps the best option, though, is to attend the Whiskey Live tasting event at Dublin Castle next weekend.

Not every distillery will be attending the show, but there will be more than you can possibly visit, so do plan ahead. My own plan is to focus solely on trying new whiskies. Foremost among them will be Red Spot 15-year-old Pot Still, re-released this week by Mitchell & Son and priced at €115.

Irish whiskey distillery Waterford hires terroir agronomist

As part of her role, O’Reilly will help to oversee and manage the distillery’s relationships with its barley growers. In addition, she will continue the company’s research into flavour differences observed in whiskies produced from barley grown in different regions, using data obtained from 71 different farms. O’Reilly began her career at Minch Malt (part of Boortmalt maltsters) before joining agricultural specialists Glanbia.

Waterford Distillery CEO Mark Reynier commented: “Terroir, provenance and traceability may be trendy buzzwords frequently bandied about by marketing men, but to us they actually mean something. “Heretical as it may seem, we can show that a whisky’s flavour can indeed be influenced by where its barley is grown.

“While large distillers understandably are reluctant to accept this inconvenience, we find it both compelling and intriguing. Grace’s appointment is a kind of ‘putting money where our mouth is’ thing.”

O’Reilly added: “From the beginning, I really enjoyed collaborating with the team at Waterford Distillery and I’m thrilled to be joining at this exciting stage.

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey News.

Andrew

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