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Irish Whiskey News – November 14- 2018

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.

Irish Whiskey News - November 14- 2018 - Dingle Gin

Dingle Distillery launches Gin bauble for Christmas

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.

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Whiskey maker Cooley Distillery rolls out the barrel for profits galore

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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Whiskey Training News – Researching your subject

Research is the key to understanding the exhilarating experiences each Irish whiskey brings to your tastebuds.

At The Whiskey Experts we thrive on new whiskey information. It is our job during our whiskey training to educate our tasters on what makes the whiskey in their glass, a world-class experience. We believe the key to understanding Irish whiskey is to taste whiskeys ranging from a wide variety of unique Irish distilleries. As of 2018 there are 18 Irish whiskey distilleries in operation, each different in their distilling approach. From large scale to modest production, the myriad of distilling techniques must be examined to acquire the knowledge and understanding of what makes each whiskey truly unique. The Experts are here to provide an inside look to what we’ve recently learned visiting a local distillery and transfer that knowledge at our whiskey training sessions.

The Great Northern Distillery, founded by John Teeling in 2015, sits in the heart of Dundalk, Co. Louth. Brian Watts, Operation Manager, invited The Whiskey Experts to see how a mega distillery maintains premium quality while producing millions of litres of whiskey a year. The size and grandeur of the refurbished old Harp Lager Brewery is obvious upon arrival. Everything is on a huge scale, from milling to maturation, areas of the striking distillery dedicated to each step of the whiskey process. Whilst passing through the warehouse, barley from every corner of the country was arriving every few minutes. Our tour was engaging and stimulating to all the senses.


The highlight of our tour was the heart and mind of any distillery, the lab. This is where the barley, water, yeast and new make are all checked to the highest available standards. To visit a lab of this standard, with staff so open and knowledgeable is beyond value. This is were new creations and old solid blends are conceived and maintained. To taste exciting new cask finishes, to see the spirits as they age over time. We even got to nose and admire a 73 year old Irish whiskey, but were sworn to secrecy on its future direction.


After the lab we saw the whiskeys in their new home. Thousands, upon thousands, of filled casks ready to start their long journey of wood breathing. Who knows where this whiskey will end up, but we know that we will be looking forward to sampling some of their products for years to come.


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Irish Whiskey News – November 7 – 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 worldwide.

So let’s see what’s been happening this week in our Irish Whiskey News – November 7 – 2018


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Can Irish whiskey keep up with demand?

Once the most highly sought-after whisky category in the world, today’s Irish renaissance has been a long time coming. Our whiskey’s success peaked in the mid-­1800s, when soaring demand from the US generated a roaring trade for no fewer than 88 distilleries in Ireland. But producers were dealt a double blow with Prohibition in the US and two World Wars, which all but wiped out the sector.

Just two distilleries remained by the 1980s, both owned by IDL and it wasn’t until the turn of the Millennium that number doubled to four. As recently as 2013, the only distilleries producing and selling whiskey were Cooley, Kilbeggan, New Midleton and Old Bushmills. But by August 2017, these four distilleries had more than quadrupled to 18 – and another 16 are in the pipeline. And when you look at the rate at which sales are growing, it’s easy to see why more producers are eager to join the sector.

The most recent IWSR figures from the IWA reported a 10.6% sales spike in 2017 to reach 9.7 million nine-litre cases compared with the previous year, meaning the category is on track to exceed its 2020 growth target (12m cases or 144m bottles) set by the IWA.


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Tullamore Dew sees 9% Sales Rise

William Grant & Sons has reported profit growth of 12.6% to £250.2m (€281.5m) after tax for the year ended 31st December 2017, which includes a 9% global sales growth for Tullamore Dew.

Tullamore Dew is the second largest Irish whiskey brand globally. William Grant & Sons invested €25m into its Tullamore distilling operation in 2017, with the opening of a new grain distillery and bottling plant. This brings the total invested in the distillery up to €100m, making it one of the largest employers in the area with a workforce of over 100. This is in addition to the 45 staff at the William Grant & Sons marketing office in Dublin.

In 2017, Tullamore Dew was awarded Brand Innovator of the Year at the Icon of Whiskey Awards for its dedication to new innovations such as Tullamore Dew XO Rum Cask, whilst this year the brand won the Worldwide Whiskey Trophy at the International Wine & Spirits Competition for its 18 Year Old Single Malt – an award not won by an Irish whiskey since 2009.



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