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Irish Whiskey News – April 18 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Jameson’s rise in sales throughout 2019 and Bushmills blends Black Bush with specialist Irish tea from Suki Tea.

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

 

Irish Whiskey News - April 18 - 2019 - Jameson Whiskey

Pernod Ricard sales boosted by Jameson

Pernod Ricard’s 2018/19 nine-month sales climbed 6.3% to €7.18 billion (US$8.07bn) driven by Martell Cognac and Jameson. Year-to-date sales were also boosted by double-digit growth in emerging markets, which grew 15%. Asia and the rest of the world region grew sales by 12% bolstered by “dynamic growth” in China and India. The Americas saw sales increase by 3% with a “good performance” in the US as the company started optimising wholesaler inventory in the market. Europe witnessed a 1% sales growth with “very good” sales in Eastern Europe but “contrasted performance” in Western Europe.

During the first nine months of its 2018 fiscal year, Pernod Ricard’s strategic international brands posted an 8% increase collectively, driven by Martell, Jameson, Scotch, Beefeater gin, Perrier-Jouët Champagne, and “strong price/mix”. The French firm’s speciality brands witnessed “continued strong development”, reporting a 14% increase. The growth was attributed to Lillet apéritif, Monkey 47 gin, “higher-style” Irish whiskey and Altos Tequila. The nine-month results were released just a day after Pernod Ricard announced it had signed a deal to acquire Italian super-premium gin Malfy – the sixth gin to join the firm’s stable.

 

Irish Whiskey News - April 18 - 2019 - Black Bush Whiskey

Whiskey and Tea blending masterclass to hit Dublin

One of Ireland’s most loved whiskey brands has announced that one of their most popular campaigns for 2018 will return this year. Bushmills #BlackBushStories campaign will make a return this year, announcing a collaboration with specialist tea makers, Suki Tea. The collaboration will see co-founder of the Irish tea company, Oscar Woolley, join Bushmills to host a series of whiskey and tea blending masterclass events. ‘Black Bush Blended’ will take place at Drury Buildings in Dublin on 30th April and 1st May, offering an opportunity to learn about the synergy between the arts of blending Black Bush and tea.

Guests will take part in an educational tasting session on some of Bushmills’ premium brands, before hearing Oscar’s story on how he turned a love of tea into a career. Attendees will then enjoy a tea tasting session and finish the night creating their own personalised tea blends. Specially created Black Bush drinks, including a tea-based cocktail, will also be served throughout the event.

 

 

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Irish Whiskey News – April 11 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on a new home bar that can make Irish whiskey and Bushmills Distillery are planning new distillery facilities.

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Irish Whiskey News - April 11 - 2019 - smart spirits

This new home bar lets you make ‘Irish whiskey’ in your kitchen

The dispenser, which is being rolled out in the UK, USA and EU throughout 2019, makes over 30 different drinks across all major spirits categories with its unique ‘Taste Of’ capsules. The capsules come in a range of flavours that mimic the taste of alcoholic drinks, including “Tennessee Bourbon”, “Black Sambuca” and “Irish Whiskey”. These capsules are meant to be inserted into the device, much like a coffee machine, before being mixed with a neutral grain spirit also sold by the tech company, or water, or a mix of the two, allowing consumers to control the ABV of their end product.

According to Smart Spirits’ website, almost all spirits have the same basic recipe: “alcohol, water and flavour. There is any number of new brands vying to achieve ‘premium’ status, even when they lack the necessary gravitas and kudos, so the confused consumer often selects the most advertised brands by default.” A great deal of time, labour and, more importantly, resources go into developing aged spirits such as whisky and rum, leading many spirits companies to launch sustainability initiatives to counteract the effects of their beverage products on the environment.

Irish Whiskey News - April 11 - 2019 - bushmills

Further development at Bushmills Distillery due for planning sign off

Expansion at the award-winning Bushmills Distillery is expected to receive planning approval next week. The proposals for a new distillery facility, which includes a boiler house, cooling equipment and barrel store, is recommended to receive planning permission at the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s planning committee meeting on April 17.

The application site consists of an area of flat vacant land behind the existing main distillery and is not open to the public. The new building, which is to be split up into multiple elements, is set to be 16m at its highest point. In the council planning report, published ahead of next week’s meeting, the proposed development is considered “appropriate use of the land and is acceptable in terms of its layout and appearance”. Both applications are recommended for planning approval. The latest plans come less than a year after Bushmills was granted planning permission for 29 new maturation warehouses at the Distillery Road site.

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Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – April 25 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the new producers redefining the industry and sales of Irish whiskey pass the €1 billion mark in the US.

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

Irish Whiskey News - April 25 - 2019 - Dingle Whiskey

Meet the New Producers Redefining Irish Whiskey

During the heyday in the mid-1800s, nearly 90 licensed distilleries dotted Ireland’s countryside, according to the trade group Irish Whiskey Association (IWA). Most were independent operations. But those numbers whittled steadily over time, thanks to a range of political, social and economic factors. First, Ireland’s independence cut off the British Empire’s market. Then, Prohibition in America further cooled demand for an Irish whiskey, and unlike some nations, Ireland refused to play ball with bootleggers. By the mid-1900s, Ireland’s weak economy and an isolationist policy, which led to an export ban as well as high domestic taxes, had only made things worse. The country’s distilleries shuttered in vast numbers, and those that survived did so by consolidation. In 1975, only three Irish distilling entities remained.

Since then, and particularly in the last decade, the industry has had a comeback. Driven in part by a worldwide boom and the success of legacy brand Jameson, the energy behind what once made the category exciting has returned. And, as of January, the IWA counted 21 operational facilities, with another 26 in various stages of planning to open in the near future. These producers are eager to make their mark on the country’s signature spirit. Since good whiskey takes time to make and age, many upstarts work with at least some distillate made elsewhere to blend whiskeys or add unique finishes. Yet, each pushes Irish whiskey forward in their own way. Discover five of the innovative distilleries shaping the way it looks today, and what it may become in the future.

 

Irish Whiskey News - April 25 - 2019 - Jameson Whiskey

Irish whiskey sales top $1bn in the US

Sales of Irish whiskey in the US rose 12 per cent last year passing the $1 billion milestone for the first time. However, Jameson, which has led the renaissance, is seeing a slowdown in growth in the US with analysts attributing it in part to the launch of Conor McGregor’s Proper No Twelve brand last year.

Recent figures from the Distilled Spirits Council show that nearly 4.7 million nine-litre case were sold in the US in 2018 generating $1.01 billion in revenues for distillers. This marks a 9.4 per cent increase versus the prior year and compares with combined sales of just $74 million in 2003. According to the council’s data, the category has benefited from drinkers’ desire to “trade up” from entry-level brands to so-called “high-end premium” and “super premium” products. Indeed, since 2002, high-end premium and super-premium brands grew 1,106 per cent and 3,385 per cent, respectively.

 

 

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Andrew

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