This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the Irish whiskey sectors grain supply and Kilbeggan release a special edition Tyrconnell Oloroso & Moscatel cask finish edition
So let’s see what’s happening this week in our Irish whiskey news.
The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has disputed claims that the bulk of grain used in the industry is imported. The whiskey sector is a multi-billion-dollar industry that produces more than 370m litres of the spirit a year; this equates to a need for around 350,000 tons of grain. Grain industry sources claim that Irish farmers are contracted to supply less than a quarter of this grain. Much of the imported grain is maize from France.
The IWA stated: “The majority of malt and grain used by Irish distilleries is Irish.” When presented with grain import figures, another statement read: “The IWA do not accept these figures as being accurate. “We have no further comment to make right now and our previous statement still stands.” Meanwhile, the Irish Grain-growers Group (IGG) is calling for a new logo for food, drink, and animal feed producers that use only Irish cereals.
The Tyrconnell emerges victorious once again with the debut of its oldest and most unique cask-finished expression to date, The Tyrconnell 16-Year-Old Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish. Available globally in six countries, it will be released to select U.S. markets in June with a suggested retail price of $100.00 (750ml). Only a limited quantity has been produced due to its age and unique finish. “We are thrilled to release The Tyrconnell 16 Year Old Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish, as the elegant expression demonstrates our commitment to innovation and quality,” said John Cashman, Global Ambassador for the Kilbeggan Distilling Company. “Building on the success of our award-winning 2017 and 2018 Tyrconnell limited releases, we continued to experiment with different aging techniques and we’re intrigued by these distinctively seasoned Spanish casks. The result is a completely unique – and delicious – unlike any other.”
The only Irish whiskey of its kind on the market, this expression was aged for 16 years in American White Oak ex-bourbon barrels before an additional maturation in wine casks from the Andalucia region of Southern Spain, which were initially seasoned with Oloroso sherry before a second seasoning with Moscatel wine. The result has a distinctive sweetness and roundness – honeysuckle, champagne, and jasmine notes, with a nutty and caramelized taste that precedes a warm and dry finish with hints of grapefruit.
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