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Irish Whiskey News – February 22 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the new Dublin Liberties Distillery opening and Copeland Gin gets permission to build a new distillery in Co. Down.

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

Irish Whiskey News - February 21 - 2018 - Dublin Liberties Distillery

Tanaiste opens €10m whiskey distillery in Dublin Liberties

Tanaiste Simon Coveney was on hand to open the Dublin Liberties Distillery’s new €10m whiskey distillery and visitor experience centre in Dublin this morning. Coveney closed the still door at the state-of-the-art Old Mill Street site, allowing spirit production to commence after two years of construction.

More than 20 jobs have been created at the new facility, which will produce whiskies from the Dublin Liberties Distillery, which sold in excess of 37,000 cases in 30 countries in 2018. The new distillery hopes to capitalise on Dublin’s growing whiskey tourism scene, which attracted 1m visitors to Ireland last year. The visitor experience will open to the public on February 25 and will be able to accommodate 80,000 tourists in its first year.

Irish Whiskey News - February 21 - 2018 - Copeland Gin

Gin maker Copeland Spirits looks to whiskey as it gets the green light

Irish gin maker Copeland Spirits have just signed a 125-year lease on a site for its new distillery and visitor centre. The £600,000 (€750,000) investment from the Co Down firm is also expected to fulfil its ambition to move into new categories, including whiskey. Following recent planning application approval, Copeland will move its operations from its current Saintfield premises to the harbour town of Donaghadee. Established in 2016 by Gareth Irvine following successful crowdfunding, Copeland is the only Northern Irish gin that is currently being stocked in Aldi Ireland.

The now 26-year-old Irvine said that, since the brand’s launch just over two years ago, establishing a distillery and bringing production closer to the Copeland Islands has been the main ambition. “We’ve worked incredibly hard over the last two years to make this a reality and now that planning has been approved and construction is well underway, it’s both rewarding and motivating to see the site being restored to its former glory as the hub of Donaghadee,” he said.

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Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – February 14 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the Women in Whiskey event at Cafe En Seine and how women in the United States are getting a taste for single malt.

 

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

Irish Whiskey News - February 14 - 2018 - Women in Whiskey Cafe En Seine

Café en Seine Presents: Women in Whiskey

If you think whiskey is a man’s drink, well that’s just old fashioned! Welcome to the new wave of female distillers, bonders and blenders putting a spotlight on worldwide whiskey brands from right here in Ireland. They invite you to join them in their brand new and stunning renovated premises on Dawson Street on Wednesday, March 6th for a very special evening that is guaranteed to thrill that whiskey fan in your life.

Not just for women (although they’re putting them in the spotlight), they’re lifting the lid on what it’s like to work in a niche industry and have invited three leading women in the whiskey business along for a chat. Louise McGuane, founder of J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey in Co.Clare, Katherine Condon, micro distiller and brand ambassador at Midleton Whiskey and Lora Hemy, head distiller of Roe & Co Whiskey. Joining them is one or finest bartenders and flavour scientists Ivanna Maresic, who makes a mean cocktail and who’s mixology will be showcased on the night. Guests will then be invited to sample a whiskey brought by each panellist, alongside food paired by Café en Seine’s head chef Stephen Gibson. To top it off, they invite you to enjoy a second delicious, bespoke cocktail created by Ivanna – the perfect end to a fun-filled evening.

Irish Whiskey News - February 14 - 2018 - Women in Whiskey

Whiskey giant Pernod Ricard winning over women as sales soar

The world’s second largest drinks company has distilled a new market for its whiskeys: women. Chivas and Glenlivet maker Pernod Ricard said half the drinkers of its new single-malt Scotch are American women after it made the taste “more approachable,” dropped the price and simplified the packaging.

It released new data Tuesday showing 50% of U.S. sales of the brand came from women — demographic progress that could give it the edge in a fast-growing market. Figures from the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. trade association show sales in Bourbon, Tennessee whiskey and rye jumped 8% to $3.1 billion in 2016, while Irish whiskey sales rose nearly 19%. Consumption of alcohol by women has been steadily rising since the 1950s, but whiskey sales historically have been dominated by men.

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Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – February 7 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on how the golden age of whiskey blends is upon us and Jameson’s meteoric rise in sales in 2018. 

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

Irish Whiskey News - February 7 - 2018 - blends

This Is A Golden Age for Irish Whiskey Blends

Irish whiskey lovers are luckier than ever. More blended Irish whiskeys have appeared in the last five years than in the previous 50. The transformation of blended Irish whiskey from a lifeline thrown by the few surviving distillers of Ireland to the life force driving forward one of the most thrilling whiskey-making nations is a truly remarkable feat. Irish pot still whiskey and Irish single malts deserve the love of aficionados, but for Ireland, the blend is saviour, champion, protector, hero, and guardian angel.

Unlike their Scottish counterparts, Irish blenders often work with whiskeys made under their own roof, which originated out of necessity given the dearth of Irish distillers throughout the 20th century. Furthermore, Irish blends can be made from any combination of the three distinct styles of whiskey produced in Ireland. This differs profoundly from blending in Scotland, where blenders combine just two styles, but many often use 30 or 40 single malts from different distilleries and over half a dozen grain whiskies to create their blends.

Irish Whiskey News - February 7 - 2018 - Jameson

Jameson toasts barrels of growth with 2018 sales figures

Sales of Jameson whiskey passed the four million cases mark in the six months to 31 December. The drink reported value growth of 8pc, and volume growth of 6pc during the period, according to interim results from Irish Distillers. Standout regions for the company included Sub-Saharan Africa, which saw 40pc growth (excluding South Africa), and Asia, where Jameson enjoyed 50pc growth in India.

Conor McQuaid, chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers, said: “Jameson continues to thrive and is now in double- or triple-digit growth in more than 70 markets across the world.” “Consumers are appreciating the full Jameson family, particularly our super-premium range, as seen by the growth of Jameson Black Barrel, up 26pc.”

The group also benefitted from the performance of single pot whiskey, with Redbreast experiencing value growth of 20pc.
Since 2011 Irish Distillers has released over 10 new single pot still Irish whiskeys, adding that the feedback from whiskey drinkers has been “phenomenal.”

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Andrew

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