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The Whiskey Experts - Irish Whiskey News June 20 - 2019

Irish Whiskey News – June 20 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the opening of Achill Island Distillery and whether oats will make a comeback in Irish whiskey mash bills.

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

Irish Whiskey News - June 20 - 2019 - Achill Distillery

Ireland’s only island-based distillery opens in Achill

The first island-based distillery in Ireland has been developed by Irish American Trading Company, who invested over €4 million in the project with the support of Údarás na Gaeltachta. The company estimates it will provide up to 25 jobs, across the distillery and visitor centre, when it is fully operational and at capacity in the coming years.uring the heyday in the mid-1800s, nearly 90 licensed distilleries dotted Ireland’s countryside, according to the trade group Irish Whiskey Association (IWA). Most were independent operations. But those numbers whittled steadily over time, thanks to a range of political, social and economic factors.

Irish American currently produces two brands of whiskey: it’s Irish American Classic Blend and it’s Irish American Ten-Year-Old Single Malt. At present, Irish American sources its whiskeys from existing distilleries in Ireland and blended into their own brand, but the whiskey will be distilled from scratch in their Achill distillery, with production due to start at the end of July.
CEO of Irish American John McKay told The Mayo News that he was delighted to locate their first distillery in Achill and wanted it to be a landmark on the island for many years.


“The long-term plan is that the distillery will be a landmark for future generations of people living and visiting Achill. We hope to produce more whiskeys and Achill will be included in the brand. When the distillery is at full capacity further down the road we hope to increase the number of staff to 25 people,” he said.

Irish Whiskey News - June 20 - 2019 - Oats and Irish Whiskey

How oats are making a world whisky comeback

The humble oat was once a common component in the production of Irish whiskey, but a series of legislative and economic events caused it to gradually fade from use. As interest in the grain returns, whisky makers – including those from Scotland – are exploring the unique flavours oats can bring to whisky. Dave Broom investigates.

In other words, whisky made from oats have been around for a long time. There are occasional references to the grain being used in mash bills in Scotland from the end of the 18th century, right up to the 1908 Royal Commission. It played a far more significant role in the evolution of Irish whiskey, however.

In his history, Irish Whiskey, EB McGuire writes: ‘Before a duty was imposed on malt in 1785, distillers malted both barley and oats, but when the duty was levied it was assessed on volume and as oats swell much more than barley when steeped, malting oats became prohibitive.’ Not that they stopped being used. Illicit distillers used them because McGuire attests, the grain ‘produced a better-flavoured whiskey’.

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Andrew

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The Whiskey Experts - Irish Whiskey News June 13 - 2019

Irish Whiskey News – June 13 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Jameson Experiences reaching over half a million visitors this year and Dublin’s latest distillery – Roe & Co opens in ten days time.

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

Irish Whiskey News - June 13 - 2019 - Jameson

Jameson Distilleries Welcome Over Half A Million Visitors In Past Year

Jameson Distillery Bow St. and Jameson Distillery Midleton has attracted over 500,000 visitors from all over the world, in the last year. Jameson Distillery Midleton hosts five tours to ‘help visitors understand Jameson’s history and production’. Jameson Distillery Bow St. also hosts five tours, including tours in which the visitors can blend their own whiskey. The Jameson Distillery Bow St. won Europe’s Leading Distillery Tour for the second time at the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony on 8 June 2019.

“For over three decades our Jameson visitor experiences – Bow St. in Dublin and Midleton, Co. Cork – has been at the forefront of the domestic tour and travel industry,” said Greg Hughes, managing director, Jameson Brand Homes. “In fact, the combined visitor experiences welcomed 500,000 guests in the past 12 months, showing the continued strength of one-of-a-kind whiskey experiences in Ireland.”

The majority of Jameson Brand Homes’ visitors are from the United States and over half of the visitors are from North America. The tours also attract people from elsewhere in Europe, such as Germany and France. According to a statement, the Irish Whiskey Tourism Strategy predicts 1.9 million people will visit Irish distilleries in 2025 — an increase from the 923,000 people who visited 13 distilleries across Ireland in 2018.

 

Irish Whiskey News - June 13 - 2019 - Roe&Co

Dublin’s latest whiskey distillery – Roe & Co

The newest addition to Ireland’s renaissance in Irish whiskey is set to open its doors to the public on June 21. IrishCentral was lucky enough to get the first look at the exquisitely designed distillery ready to welcome guests to a 75-minute tour – including tastings, blending, cocktail mixology and of course history of Usice Beatha (water of life). Located in the heart of Dublin’s whiskey district, visitors will be treated to one of the most immersive experiences in whiskey distilling. The 75-minute tour will allow guests to observe the operational distillery, hear the hum of production, and witness the copper pot stills from an impressive elevated glass walkway.

The distillery building has been regenerated with modern urban décor and an industrial feel. This is reflected throughout all design elements, from staff uniforms to a specially commissioned tiki print featured on barware. The contemporary tiki illustration reflects key elements of the Roe & Co story, from St. Patrick’s Tower and the pear tree which has stood in the grounds of the former George Roe Distillery since the 17th century, to the iconic chimneys of Dublin’s skyline. At the start of this decade, there were four working Irish whiskey distilleries, now with the opening of the Roe & Co Distillery, there will be 27. The distillery will distil 4,000 litres of whiskey in every run, with an annual maximum capacity of approximately 500,000 litres of alcohol.

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Andrew Rooney

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The Whiskey Experts - Irish Whiskey News June 6 - 2019

Irish Whiskey News – June 6 – 2019

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.

Irish Whiskey News - June 6 - 2019 - Tyrconnell

Distillers deny the vast majority of grain used to make Irish whiskey is imported

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.

Irish Whiskey News - June 6 - 2019 - Irish Grain

Kilbeggan release a 16 Year Old Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish Single Malt

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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Andrew

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