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Irish Whiskey News – Aug 29 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Sliabh Liag Distillery in Donegal getting planning permission and Skellig six18 distillery to open before the end of the year.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Aug 29 - 2019 - Sliabh Liag

Sliabh Liag’s Donegal distillery approved

Sliabh Liag Distillers, producers of An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin and The Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey will commence building work on the new €6 million Ardara distillery later this year. Situated at the Show Field in Ardara, the distillery will be able to produce up to 400,000 litres of alcohol each year.

The distillery will primarily produce ‘authentic 19th-century styles’ of heavily-peated, triple-distilled single malt and pot still whiskeys. It will also produce gin, with the company’s An Dúlamán gin still moved from its existing location in Carrick to the new building.

James Doherty, managing director of Sliabh Liag Distillers told Scotchwhisky.com in an earlier interview that he hoped for a first distillation date of Christmas Day 2020. The building itself has been designed by Cornerstone Architecture with a ‘mix of contemporary and traditional finishes’ to ‘complement the village of Ardara’.

Irish Whiskey News - Aug 29 - 2019 - Skellig six18

New €10M Micro-Distillery Due To Open Along Ring Of Kerry

Skellig six18 is reportedly set to open a new €10 million mico-distillery along the Ring of Kerry. The micro-distillery, which intends to produce both craft gin and pot-still whiskey, will be operated by June O’Connell, who comes from the area. The 25,833 square foot distillery takes the place of a former sock manufacturing plant, which has been vacant for over 15 years. Before the end of the year, the distillery expects to have opened a gin school, an interim visitor centre and a bottling plant.

The distillery also hopes to have a two-tonne whiskey distillery operating by the end of the year, with its own stock available from the end of 2024. “The whiskey distillery will have the capacity for six casks per day on a single shift and the new facility has planning permission to run a three-cycle shift although it will be some time before we move up to that level,” O’Connell told The Irish Times.

“The initial plan is to produce about 33,000 cases a year and we’ll be maturing it here as well, although we won’t be bottling and selling everything that matures after three years,” she said. O’Connell and the other founders have invested approximately €1.25 million of their own money into the project, and are seeking to raise a further €3 million for the whiskey plant.

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Irish Whiskey News – Aug 22 – 2019


This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the fascinating story behind Grace O’Malley and two wins for Niche Drinks Ltd.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Aug 22 - 2019 - Grace O'Malley Whiskey

The Fascinating Story Behind Grace O’Malley

When the idea for Grace O’Malley was being hatched four years ago on Clare Island in Mayo, no one realised that that the team would end up including Dave Wood, their International Sales Manager who used to tour manage such major acts as Flogging Molly; Jeff Burns, a Dublin rock ‘n’ roll activist whose managerial stable includes dream poppers Dreaming Of Jupiter; and Hendrick Melle, the Berlin creative who’s written a heavy metal opera about Valhalla with Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen, the man who supplied Nena with ’99 Red Balloons’ and most of her other mega Euro hits. Add in the song that we all loved singing in school, ‘Óro Sé do bheatha abhaile’, being adopted as the Grace O’Malley anthem, and you have a dram with serious music credentials.

“Rather than being planned, it was just a case of like-minded people finding each other,” reflects Hendrick Melle as we sit down for a dram. “If you’re passionate about music, you’re going to be passionate about the other finer things in life” For those of you who aren’t up on your Irish pirate queen history – tsk! – Grace O’Malley was born in 1530 of noble Connacht stock. Married at the tender age of 16 to a man known as Donal The Battle, she was forced to take to the high seas in order to provide for her people.

Irish Whiskey News - Aug 22 - 2019 - Quiet Man Whiskey

Gold and silver for Derry’s Quiet Man range

Niche Drinks in Northern Ireland has won gold and silver for its Quiet Man single malts at the Irish Whiskey Masters, international competition and part of the Whisky Masters writes Sam Butler. Based in Derry, Niche Drinks gained gold for its Quiet Man eight-year-old single malt in the Single Malt category and silver for its 12-year old single malt in Single Malt Premium. The competition is organised by the international business magazine

The Quiet Man range was developed by Niche Drinks a longstanding specialist in cream liqueurs. The company is owned by Luxco, Inc of St Louis Missouri which distributes worldwide. Global sales of Irish whiskey have soared by more than 300 per cent in the past decade, according to the Department for International Trade. Distilleries in Northern Ireland were singled out as being an important factor in boosting the category’s growth earlier this year, which the IWA forecasts will hit 12 million nine‐litre cases by 2020.

 

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Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – Aug 15 – 2019


This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on South Africa offering protection for Irish whiskey and Redbreast 12 winning the 2019 World Whisky Trophy.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Aug 15 - 2019 - Irish Whiskey South Africa

South Africa agrees to protect Irish whiskey

Irish whiskey has been granted legal protection in South Africa, the category’s seventh-largest market by volume. According to the trade body the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA), the registration will give the industry a greater ability to combat fakes. It follows the IWA’s success in securing a certification mark for Irish whiskey in Australia in February this year.

In South Africa, 4.43 million bottles of Irish whiskey were sold in 2017 – an increase of 4.5% on the previous year. “The registration of Irish whiskey as a certification mark in South Africa is another major achievement in our efforts to protect the integrity of Irish whiskey worldwide,” said Carleen Madigan, IWA’s legal advisor. “Legal protection in such an important market forms the solid foundation on which the industry’s success is built. This will ensure Irish whiskey maximises its potential and maintains its growth trajectory.

“This year, the Irish whiskey industry has trebled its investment in the protection work of the IWA. “This has enabled us to significantly expand our remit in securing the recognition and protection for Irish whiskeys in important export markets, like South Africa and Australia.” Irish whiskey is protected in 46 countries globally, with more applications pending.

Irish Whiskey News - Aug 15 - 2019 - Redbreast Whiskey

Redbreast Takes Home World Whisky Trophy

Redbreast 12-Year-Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey has taken home the World Whisky Trophy at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). The competition awarded Redbreast 12 Year Old with its highest honour across Irish, American and Japanese whiskeys after it scored an impressive 98 points. Also honoured were Midleton Very Rare Barry Crockett Legacy and Jameson Cooper’s Croze, with 98 points.

Success at the IWSC parallels stand-out performances for the Midleton portfolio at the Beverage Testing Institute, with both Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength and Redbreast 21-Year-Old receiving platinum medals, the BTI’s most prestigious award. Irish Distillers also took home 27 medals out of the 67 medals on offer at The Irish Whiskey Masters, with 16 gold medals and 7 Masters awarded across the range.

Commenting on the recent accolades, Billy Leighton, Redbreast Master Blender at Midleton Distillery, said: “We are thrilled to see more fantastic results at such prestigious global spirits tasting competitions. It is great to see the Redbreast range flourish as it continues to excite consumers with its exemplary single pot still Irish whiskey style. These awards are truly a testament to the craftsmen at Midleton Distillery who assist me in blending the finest Irish whiskeys in the world, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds!”

 

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Andrew

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