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Irish Whiskey News – Sept 26 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Irish consumers paying the second-highest tax on alcohol in the EU and why barley farmers need more government support.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Sept 26 - 2019 - Irish Whiskey

Irish Consumers Pay Second-Highest Excise Tax On Alcohol In EU

Irish consumers pay the second-highest overall excise tax on alcohol in the EU: the highest on wine, the second-highest on beer, and third highest on spirits, a new survey shows. Despite its prominent drinks industry, Ireland ranks second in the ‘Big 4’ of EU excise tax on alcohol, behind Finland and ahead of Sweden and the UK, a new Drinks Industry Group of Ireland report, Excise Tax Rates in Europe: How Ireland Compares in 2019.

The Irish government levies a tax bill of €12 on a bottle of off-licence-bought Irish whiskey and 54 cents on a pint of Irish stout served at a pub, restaurant or hotel. In terms of excise tax, Italian tourists pay four times less excise on a bottle of Irish whiskey in an Italian supermarket than they would if purchasing it for the Irish distillery that produced it. In France and Germany, countries equally renowned for their drinks industries, excise tax rates on wine and beer are far lower. The report showed that a shopper in France pays just three cents in excise on a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, while a patron at a German beerhall pays five cents in excise on every pint of lager.

Irish Whiskey News - Sept 26 - 2019 - Irish Malt

Drinks Ireland calls on Government to support barley growers

Agriland and Drinks Ireland met last week to discuss the policy of sourcing malted barley for the production of Irish whiskey from outside Ireland. “What I’d love to see is the Government to re-establish a tillage forum – or whatever you like to call it – but something that gives strategic intent to look at the sector equally with meat and dairy and that’s obviously a climate agenda item as well. Tillage is a quarter of the climate emissions of meat and dairy.”

Those were the words of Patricia Callan, who is the director of Drinks Ireland. Patricia was speaking to AgriLand as part of a panel discussion at the National Ploughing Championships last week on malting barley. However, the use of imported malt has become a real source of annoyance for malting barley growers, along with the fact that the Geographical Indication for Irish whiskey has no requirement for Irish ingredients to be included in the product.

Farmer Séamus Duggan was clearly frustrated by this: “We have this geographical indicator being put up as being the be-all and end-all for the Irish drinks industry going forward, but for me, they’re walking on very thin ice.” He added: “If you can put a 53-page document together and talk all about the manufacturing process and, as you said, the taste – it’s all very fine – but the core thing that should have been part of the geographical indicator has to be the ingredient. He continued: “For the drinks industry to say it’s fine, it’s made in Ireland; it’s made with pot stills and this is the process we use and that’s enough to call it Irish I think it’s very, very dangerous.”

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Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – Sept 19 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Jameson releasing two new caskmate expressions and Irish Whiskey Auctions picks up prestigious business accreditation.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Sept 19 - 2019 - Jameson Caskmates

Jameson Rolls Out Two New Caskmates Collaborations

Jameson is teaming up with two American craft breweries—Bale Breaker Brewery in Yakima, Washington, and Revolution Brewing in Chicago—on their latest Caskmates releases, which they’re calling the Jameson Caskmates Hyperlocal Limited Editions. Brewers from both breweries travelled to Ireland to brew their beers, which were then used to season Jameson barrels. The barrels were then filled with Jameson’s triple-distilled blend resulting in a liquid that has been “patiently finished in local craft beer-seasoned barrels.”

“Jameson’s commitment to local neighbourhoods is the cornerstone of our connection with whiskey drinkers and local tastemakers, across the country,” said Paul Di Vito, vice president of Jameson Irish Whiskey, Pernod Ricard USA, in a prepared statement. “Jameson Caskmates Hyperlocal Editions allow us to put the spotlight on these local breweries, devising a spirit that embodies the taste of our neighbourhoods.”

 

Irish Whiskey News - Sept 19 - 2019 - Irish Whiskey Auctions

Irish Whiskey Auctions awarded All-Ireland Business All-Star accreditation

Irish Whiskey Auctions (IWA) – a Dundalk based business has achieved a quality mark signifying it meets the highest standards of service and trust and becomes one of the first whiskey-based businesses to achieve this accreditation. IWA was awarded the coveted All-Ireland Business All-Star accreditation on Thursday 12th September at an awards ceremony held in Croke Park. What makes this achievement even greater is that the business is only celebrating its first year in business in October next.

Dr Hynes said the accreditation, which is now held by over 350 firms, is needed by the thousands of small and medium businesses which operate to their own standards but have nothing to measure them by. “We evaluate a company’s background, trustworthiness and performance, and we speak to customers, employees and vendors,” she said. “We also anonymously approach the company as a customer and report back on the experience.

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Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – Sept 12 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Drinks Ireland and the Irish Whiskey Association launching Whiskey 360 initiative and the worlds most valuable whiskey collection goes to auction.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Sept 12 - 2019 - Whiskey 360

Drinks Ireland & the Irish Whiskey Association unveil New Brand For Whiskey Tourism

Drinks Ireland and Irish Whiskey Association have today unveiled IrishWhiskey360° as the new brand and home for Irish whiskey tourism. The IrishWhiskey360° brand, website and social media platforms were today launched by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed at an event in The Jameson Experience, Bow Street, Dublin.

“Irish whiskey is one of the real success stories of the Irish food and drink industry, competing on the world stage with sales in over 135 markets,” said Minister Creed. “The industry has grown from just four distilleries in 2013 to 26 operational distilleries in 2019.”

“We aim to make Ireland the No. 1 destination in the world for whiskey tourism,” said William Lavelle, Head of IWA in Drink Ireland. “Visitors to Irish distilleries and visitor centres are set to break the one million mark this year for the first time ever. The launch of IrishWhiskey360° has been scheduled to coincide with and support the Taste the Island campaign by Fáilte Ireland.

Irish Whiskey News - Sept 12 - 2019 - Whiskey Auction

World’s Most Valuable Whisky Collection Set To Fetch $7.1 Million At Auction

Sotheby’s announced it will be auctioning off ‘The Ultimate Whisky Collection’ in London later this month, with the rare collection worth approximately AU$7.1 million. The owner of this incredible selection of spirits remains a mystery, but it has been revealed they are selling a total of 394 lots, comprising of 467 bottles and nine casks. The collection has 178 bottles of The Macallan Fine And Rare series worth an estimated $3.9 million alone and includes an ultra-rare bottle of The Macallan 1926, one of only 14 remaining bottles from the famous cask number 263. This tasty tipple is expected to fetch close to $800,000 by itself.

There are also two Lalique Six Pillars Collections (each a series of six bottles with an estimated value of $800,000), as well as a wall-mounted cabinet created by craftsman James Laycock that houses an assortment of 46 Macallan Fine and Rare miniature varieties from 1937 to 1991 (with a value of $156,000). Bidding kicks off online from September 27th and will end with a live auction on October 24th at the Olympia event space in West Kensington, London. For a full list of every whisky up for grabs, visit sothebys.com.

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Andrew

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