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Irish Whiskey News – July 26 – 2019


This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on a rare bottle of Irish whiskey going to auction for nearly €10,000 and proposed Monasterevin Distillery is hit with more planning delays.

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

Irish Whiskey News - July 25 - 2019 - Rare Irish whiskey

‘Extremely rare’ Irish whiskey to sell for up to €10,000 at auction

An extremely rare bottle of old Irish whiskey is expected to go under the hammer for up to €10,000 at auction next week. The 1880s bottle of Cassidy & Co Monasterevin was matured by the Cassidy family, who made whiskey at their Co Kildare mill from 1784 until 1921. In recent years, the Ballykelly Mill has been restored by businessman Paddy McKillen, who plans to open a distillery and visitor centre on the site and revive Monasterevin’s heritage of producing fine whiskey.

The item is set to go for auction at Victor Mee Auctions in Cavan on July 31, with an estimate of between €5,000 and €10,000. The hand-blown, unopened bottle, is one of only two known such bottles – the other is housed in the Irish Whiskey Museum. The whiskey has been described by the auction house as the star lot in the Clermont Collection Rare Advertising, Pub Memorabilia and Architectural Fittings sale, which will take place over two days from July 30-31.

Irish Whiskey News - July 25 - 2019 - Monsterevin Distillery

Council seeks more information on Monasterevin distillery

Kildare Co Council has sought further information on a proposed €50m whiskey distillery and visitor centre near Monasterevin in which U2 frontman Bono is involved as a part-investor. Plans were originally submitted on September 10th last year for the large-scale development at Ballykelly outside the town.

The imposing seven-storey Malthouse was originally built around 1800 and was refurbished in the 1940s. The distillery would also feature a roof garden and viewing area on the protected mill building. The total floor area of the planned distillery and visitor centre is 5,051.4 square metres. The development will involve the demolition of several buildings such as sheds on the existing site. The venture is being promoted by a Dublin-based company called Jewelfield Ltd which has links to multi-millionaire businessman and property developer Paddy McKillen.

One of the investors is Bono but it’s not known if he has personally visited the site of the proposed development, which is located on the L 1002 road out of Monasterevin. Irish whiskey is in big demand internationally as Irish operators currently sell millions of cases every year. Experts believe the sector is in a strong position to surpass its 2020 target of 12m cases.

 

 

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Irish Whiskey News – July 18 – 2019


This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Killowen distillery releasing its first gin and poitín and Jameson release a triple cask variant.

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

Irish Whiskey News - July 18 - 2019 - Killowen

Killowen Distillery releases their first Gin and Poitin

Killowen Distillery will be releasing its first small batch Gin and Poitin today. The bottles will be available to order directly online across 31 countries, including the USA through Irishmalts.com. Focusing on centuries of gin making in Ireland, Killowen Distillery place seasonal botanicals to the fore, many of which are handpicked from the immediate locality. The result is an unusual gin celebrating its maritime and highland environment within the Mourne Mountains.

Killowen’s unique distillation methods include flame fed stills, worm tub condensation and unique pot stills moulded on Irish whiskey stills of old. The Mash Bills (whiskey recipes) are reflective of Irish whiskey from a time when Irish whiskey was the drink of choice throughout the world.

Killowen’s poitín encapsulates these historical disciplines of our native spirit to create a truly superior spirit fitting of the word poitín. It hits the nose with the scent of grass and pine cones. The tongue can taste the oatmeal and vanilla. The spices can be felt in the swallow.

 

Irish Whiskey News - July 18 - 2019 - Jameson Triple

 New Jameson adds Third Cask Type To Mix

Fans of Jameson Irish Whiskey generally know that this well-loved brand is triple distilled and blended from a combination of whiskies drawn from ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. Those that make this whiskey are now looking to shake things up a bit with the introduction of a third cask type into the maturation process.

The new Jameson Triple Triple, according to those behind it, has been triple distilled and blended from a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks with the addition of hand-selected casks that have been seasoned with fortified wine from Malaga. The Malaga cask contribution is said to add “notes of citrus, orchard fruits and spice resulting in a whiskey that has a subtle sweetness and an extra drop of smoothness.”

“At Jameson, we’ve known that good things come in threes ever since John Jameson set up his distillery on Bow Street in Dublin and introduced the world to triple-distilled Jameson Irish Whiskey,” said Billy Leighton, Master Blender at Midleton Distillery, in a prepared statement. “Jameson Triple Triple is no exception to this rule. Our single pot still and single grain Irish whiskeys have been further enhanced through triple cask maturation to create an exciting new taste experience.”

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Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – July 11 – 2019


This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the Irish Whiskey Association’s defence of its technical file and Lambay Whiskey and Whiskey Island launch their private island whiskey experience. 

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

Irish Whiskey News - July 11 - 2019 - IWA

IWA responds to claims Irish whiskey laws favour Pernod

The Irish Whiskey Association has responded to claims that its Geographical Indication and Technical File is in danger of ‘dumbing down’ the category. In 2014 the IWA secured a GI and Technical File to define and control the production of Irish whiskey but now these rules have met opposition from Irish distiller Blackwater, which argues these definitions benefit Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers. A blog post written by Blackwater says that the legislation, particularly the definition of Irish pot still whiskey, is inaccurate and restrictive.

Blackwater points to archaic British laws which forbid distillers from bringing in wash – distiller’s beer – from outside the distillery, and the definition of the grain make up of a pot still whiskey – which limits the use of other grains apart from barley to just 5% of the mash bill. The distiller says this is not in keeping with many traditional and historical mash bill recipes, suggesting that the rules are designed to reflect the recipes that biggest producer Irish Distillers uses for its current pot still whiskeys.

William Lavelle, head of the Irish Whiskey Association, has defended the Association’s role in securing the GI and Technical File. “There have been a number of very important moments that have shaped the future of Irish whiskey, and securing the GI from the European Union in 2014 was one of those key moments,” said Lavelle. “Defining Irish whiskey and its main styles was a difficult process, as a broad catch-all definition for any of the distinctive whiskeys would weaken the claim for the GI.

Irish Whiskey News - July 11 - 2019 - Lambay Whiskey

Lambay Whiskey and Whiskey Island launch Private Island Whiskey Experience

Lambay Whiskey and Whiskey Island have just launched a private island whiskey experience. Lambay Whiskey is offering private groups the chance to experience Lambay Island – a private island owned by the Baring family – and to taste their cognac cask finished Irish whiskey straight from the cask. 

You will get to visit the island and meet with the Baring family and sample what makes this island so unique. Leaving from Malahide and arriving at Lambay 25 minutes later you will take a walking tour of the island where you may see wallabies, puffins and herds of island deer before you make your way to the Bothy to sample a three-part Lambay Whiskey tasting.

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Andrew

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