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Irish Whiskey News -January 25 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Irish whiskeys continued growth in the USA and a great travel guide featuring Irish distilleries.

 

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

Irish Whiskey News -January 24 - 2018 - Whiskey Sales

Whiskey sales still strong in the US as alcohol consumption declines

Sales of Irish whiskey in the United States remained buoyant last year even as alcohol consumption continued to decline, new figures show. Irish whiskey sales rose 13.5 per cent to 4.65 million cases, down from 16.3 per cent a year earlier but still strong considering the overall trend towards lower consumption. According to preliminary data from International Wine and Spirits Research (IWSR), Irish whiskey was the second fastest growing brown spirit last year after Japanese whiskey, which recorded a 23.1 per cent increase in sales 2018, although from a low base.

Overall, Irish brands command 6 per cent of the total US whiskey market while Japanese whiskey represents just 0.1 per cent of the segment. Irish whiskey has continued to record double-digit growth in its biggest market despite alcohol consumption declining for the third consecutive year. Nonetheless, there will be concern that growth is slowing in the US, has hit 19 per cent in 2015 when sales of 3 million cases were surpassed.

Irish Whiskey News -January 24 - 2018 - Whiskey Burn

New Irish whiskey distilleries featured in a travel book

Birdsall takes us on a 3-week camping tour around the island of Ireland to visit the established, newly established and yet-to-be-established distilleries.

Travelling on his trusty, 1979, classic Vespa 50, touring the whiskey distilleries, painting, sketching, sampling the produce back at the campsites, this already established travel writer opens the doors to a new generation of Irish whiskey distilleries. It is a travelogue, a pictorial record, a guide to the new faces and new landscapes of distilling in Ireland, and an amusing, engaging read that no enthusiast’s bookshelf should be without.

“Delightful and enjoyable read. If you want to know about the renaissance in Irish distilling this is the book” – John Teeling

“This is a book well worth having” – Séamus Ó Drisceoil, Cape Clear Distillery

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey News.

Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – January 10 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Whitetail crowdfunding their new distillery and Roe & Co boss says Irish luxury whiskey underdeveloped.

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

Irish Whiskey News -January 10 - 2018 - whitetail

Irish Distillery uses Crowdfunding to finance Distillery

After the resounding success of Whiskey Live in Dublin last year, Irish Whitetail Distillery, the newest addition to the growing Irish Whiskey market, is launching their crowdfunding campaign to meet the new market demand.

The company, founded by husband and wife team of Nickolas and Violetta Boyle is looking to raise over €75,000 to help the business meet the new demand and establish a distillery within the Cooley Peninsula. The campaign, launching on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo, will start on January 14th and run for 45 days.

The couple has been looking throughout the Carlingford Peninsula to find a suitable location near their home in Omeath to establish their operation. “When we moved here shortly after our daughter was born, we just fell in love with its beauty and the people. The area offers the perfect balance of seclusion and tourism for our operation to thrive. We love it here and want to make our future here,” said Nickolas. “We have received a huge amount of support since coming here, we have been blown away by how amazing this community has been to us.”

As part of the campaign, the company is offering individuals the chance to be first in line for products through their voucher and Founders Club programmes. Individuals can also choose branded merchandise options or party packages to take part in growing this new and exciting whiskey brand.

Irish Whiskey News -January 10 - 2018 - roe and co

The boss of Diageo’s local whiskey says Ireland’s luxury range is ‘underdeveloped’

Although Ireland is awash with whiskey, one of the biggest alcohol producers in the country thinks the market’s ‘super premium’ and ‘luxury’ categories are “underdeveloped”.

Sitting ahead of value, premium and high-end premium – terms used by the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (Discus) to define whiskey categories – super premium and luxury are tags used to describe whiskey typically costing $50 or more per bottle.

New drinks such as Teeling Single Malt and Teeling Single Grain would fall into the super-premium category, as would Jameson’s Caskmates range. According to figures released by Discus, sales of super-premium Irish whiskey blends are flying.

This appetite for super premium whiskey has driven Diageo back into the market, according to Roe & Co global brand director Grainne Wafer.

“The Irish whiskey category is really dynamic, but the super premium and luxury segment of Irish whiskey globally is underdeveloped. We think there is a strong opportunity to drive the growth of premium Irish whiskey. That’s where Roe & Co sit,” she told Fora.

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey News.

Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – December 20 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Powers Three Swallows being available to buy in the USA and planned McKillen Distillery in Monasterevin suffers a setback.

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

Irish Whiskey News - December 20 - 2018 - Powers

Powers Three Swallows now available in the States

Powers, a mainstay Irish whiskey brand expanding its reach in the US, is offering another expression, Powers Three Swallow, to American whiskey lovers.

Founded by innkeeper James Power in 1791, Powers was one of the first Irish whiskey brands to bottle its whiskey, and Powers Gold Label has long been a top-selling whiskey in Ireland. Their foray into the American market is relatively recent, with Three Swallow being the latest expression sold in the US.

Powers Three Swallow single pot still whiskey is made at the Midleton Distillery (owned by Pernod) in County Cork with a mash of malted and unmalted barley and triple distilled in copper pot stills. It starts ageing in used bourbon barrels (2nd and 3rd fill), then finishes in ex-sherry casks. The whiskey’s official tasting notes are as follows:

At first sip, the initial taste delivers rich, smooth nutty flavours followed by a wave of green apple and citrus notes, with a touch of cedar wood for extra complexity. Spicy sweetness floats atop, balanced with a hint of sherry notes, leading to a crisp cereal finish with notes of toasted oak.

Powers Three Swallow is available in liquor stores nationwide and is priced around $40-45 per bottle.

Irish Whiskey News - December 20 - 2018 - McKIllen

McKillen Distillery Plan Suffers Setback

Kildare County Council planning officials have returned proposals for an Irish whiskey distillery on the site of Monasterevin’s Ballykelly Mill to Paddy McKillen’s Jewel filed Ltd firm, saying that the planning application is invalid.

The Irish Independent reports that officials took issue with the failure of the proposal’s site notice to mention the “Natura Impact Statement” included by McKillen as part of his application.

McKillen’s plan is being supported by an investment from Bono and, if approved, will involve an initial outlay of €50 million for a proposed distillery, visitor centre, tasting rooms and event spaces on the site of Ballykelly Mill. McKillen asserted, “We’re restoring a beautiful 200-year-old mill and reviving Monasterevin’s rich heritage in producing the finest whiskey going right back to the 18th century. We have assembled an amazing team of world-leading experts and we will produce a world-class product.”

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey News.

Andrew

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