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Irish Whiskey News – May 30 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the first new cooper hired by Irish Distillers in 40 years and Redbreast Dream Cask sells out in 14 minutes

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

Irish Whiskey News - May 30 - 2019 - Irish Distilleres New Cooper

Irish Distillers Appoints First New Cooper In 40 Years

Irish Distillers has announced the appointment of Killian O’Mahony as Cooper of its Midleton distillery, following the successful completion of his apprenticeship under Master Cooper, Ger Buckley. O’Mahony is the first newly qualified Cooper at Midleton distillery in 40 years. “I come from a long line of craftsmen going back generations, so working with my hands is in my blood,” O’Mahony said, “It has been a privilege to learn the craft of coopering around the world.”

As part of his new role, Killian will be responsible for the repair and maintenance of over 1.5 million casks on site in Midleton, as well as managing various coopering and cask related projects in the distillery. Kevin O’Gorman, Head of Maturation at Irish Distillers, agreed that: “Wood is one of the most important factors to affect the taste of Irish whiskey, so the techniques involved in cooperage … are essential to the production process.”

 

Irish Whiskey News - May 30 - 2019 - Redbreast Dream Cask

Redbreast Dream Cask snapped up in 14 minutes

The limited edition 20-year-old Irish whiskey was released at 3pm BST on 27 May, priced at €380 (US$424). It was launched to mark this year’s World Whisky Day on 18 May. Available exclusively to members of Redbreast’s online Birdhouse club, fans snapped up the entire collection at a rate of 65 bottles per minute. Billy Leighton, master blender at Irish Distillers, said: “In addition to selling out in record time, Redbreast Dream Cask Pedro Ximénez Edition has been bought by people from many parts of the globe. “From Ireland to Taiwan and many places in between, we’re delighted that so many Birdhouse members will soon be able to share and enjoy this exceptional creation.”

Leighton created the whiskey in partnership with blender Dave McCabe. It comprises four whiskeys aged for between 20 and 33 years. The whiskey – bottled at 52.2% abv – includes one component that was distilled in 1988 and matured in an ex-Bourbon barrel, before being transferred into a Pedro Ximénez Sherry butt in 2012; a whiskey distilled in 1995 that was first aged in an ex-Bourbon cask and then matured further in an Oloroso Sherry butt in 2012; a whiskey from 1985 that was matured in a second-fill ex-Bourbon barrel; and a 1997 vintage that was aged in a second-fill ex-Bourbon barrel.

 

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Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – May 23 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey news features articles on Belfast Distillery plans resubmitted and Powers whiskeys new pre-made cocktail option is released.

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

Irish Whiskey News - May 23 - 2019 - Crumlin Gaol

Fresh plans submitted for long-awaited Crumlin Road Gaol whiskey distillery

PLANS for a multi-million-pound whiskey distillery and tourist attraction at the iconic Crumlin Road Gaol site are back on the table. The north Belfast development, first mooted almost a decade ago and spearheaded by lottery winner, Peter Laverty, is a step closer to reality after a fresh planning application was lodged last month.

The application from Belfast Distillery Company is for demolitions and alterations, both internal and external, to the vacant A-Wing at the prison to facilitate plant equipment and associated works relating to a whiskey distillery and visitor attraction. Belfast-based Like Architects is behind the latest design. It can be revealed, however, that Mr. Laverty, who first announced the plans back in 2012, will not be part of the new development.

Four American businessmen; James Ammeen, Joseph Babeic, William Bocra, and Mark Fuller are now listed as directors of Belfast Distillery Company, with Mr. Laverty stepping away from the company in July last year.

Irish Whiskey News - May 23 - 2019 - powers whiskey

Powers move into bottled cocktail market

Irish whiskey brand Powers is aiming to tap into the growth of the RTD category with the launch of its first pre-mixed cocktail – a take on the Old Fashioned. Powers Old Fashioned is made using Powers Gold Label, sugar syrup, and bitters herb flavouring. It is also said to be low in sugar, with 6g per serving.

Bottled at 38% abv, the new product will initially launch in Ireland at the end of May. It will be available in 500ml bottles through key retailers in the on-trade and off-trade, including SuperValu, Tesco Ireland and Dunnes Stores at an RRP of €29.99 (US$33.50). The release will aim to tap into the “growing appetite” for whisk(e)y-based cocktails and recruit cocktail drinkers to the Irish whiskey category.  Powers Old Fashioned also features a new bottle design that “balances modern cues with the rich heritage of Powers”, dating back to 1791. It features a new label styled on the historic ‘P’ signifier, which became one of the first trademarks in Ireland after it was registered by Powers in 1877.

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Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – May 18 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on an AI designed whiskey by Microsoft and Grace O’Malley Irish whiskey launched at Howth Castle.

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

 

Irish Whiskey News - May 18 - 2019 - Microsoft AI

Microsoft AI creates its own single malt whisky

Microsoft has partnered with AI company FourKind and Mackmyra Whisky to craft the world’s first AI-created single malt whisky. The golden-yellow whisky is described as “fruity and oaky, slightly salty, and with a dryish end”. Based in Sweden, Mackmyra’s distillery is powered by Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, which generates its own blends and flavour profiles based on Mackmyra data.

According to Microsoft, this includes “existing recipes… sales data, and customer preferences,” which can be used to create over 70 million high-quality whisky recipes that might be “popular”. In the words of Mackmyra’s Master Blender, Angela D’Orazio, “it is a great achievement to be able to say that I’m now also a mentor for the first ever created AI whisky in the world”.

 

Irish Whiskey News - May 18 - 2019 - Grace o'Malley

Grace O’Malley launch pays tribute to the pirate queen’s legacy

The spirit of Irish pirate queen Granuaile was alive and well at the launch of Grace O’Malley whiskey at Howth Castle. The famed pirate is believed to have kidnapped the Earl of Howth’s grandson from the castle making it the perfect spot to launch the brand’s initial ‘captain’s range.’

Guests were welcomed on arrival by Stefan Hansen, Hendrick Melle and Stephen Cope from the brand and invited to trial a selection of cocktails. They were also invited to sample the rare Grace O’ Malley 18-year-old single malt from the brand’s connoisseur collection. Renowned master blender Paul Caris flew into Dublin to preside over the tasting. The menu for the night paid tribute to the Wild Atlantic Way serving up Connemara lamb and Dingle crab cakes

 

 

 

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