This week we feature articles on dingle Distillery releases Gin Christmas gifts and Cooley Distillery So let’s see what’s been happening this week in our Irish whiskey news.
Dingle Distillery has worked with Scottish giftware company Angels’ Share Glass to produce the bespoke decorations. Just 3,000 of the hand-blown baubles have been produced, each filled with 50ml of award-winning Dingle Gin. “I think they will go down fantastically well with the Irish market,” said Dingle Distillery Director Elliot Hughes. “Irish people are drinking gin, like in a lot of European countries, more than ever and are drinking premium spirits like never before. “I think people will really enjoy the gin bauble whether it’s received as a gift or bought for themselves!”
Staff from Stirling-based Angels’ Share Glass have spent the past few months creating 3,000 of the clear baubles and hand-filling them with Dingle Gin. The firm’s Managing Director, Karen Somerville, said: “We’re delighted to be part of the first Irish gin-filled Christmas baubles to launch in Ireland – the order is a great boost to the firm and means a lot to us as we have family connections with the country.” The firm has also produced a set of four baubles, each filled with a different Scottish whiskey, and a Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar containing 25 miniature 50ml bottles. Dingle Distillery, based in Dingle, Co. Kerry is Ireland’s first purpose-built distillery in more than 100 years. It was established in 2012 in a converted sawmill and initially produced whiskey before going on to create vodka and Dingle Original Gin.
Cooley Distillery, an Irish whiskey maker owned by spirits giant Beam Suntory, made a €13.4m pre-tax profit last year as turnover rose by almost 50%. The distillery had a turnover of €38.9m last year, of which more than a third was from Ireland. Profits were up sharply from €7.6m in 2016.
The business includes the Cooley Distillery in Dundalk and the Kilbeggan Distillery in Westmeath, visited by pop group the Script. Its brands include Kilbeggan, Tyrconnell and Connemara Single Malt. The group was bought from John Teeling in 2012 for €73m. Teeling has since set up the Great Northern Distillery in Co Louth, while his sons Jack and Stephen founded the Teeling Distillery in Dublin. Cooley valued its stocks at €31m last year.
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