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The Whiskey Experts - Irish Whiskey News Dec 20 - 2018

Irish Whiskey News – December 20 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Powers Three Swallows being available to buy in the USA and planned McKillen Distillery in Monasterevin suffers a setback.

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

Irish Whiskey News - December 20 - 2018 - Powers

Powers Three Swallows now available in the States

Powers, a mainstay Irish whiskey brand expanding its reach in the US, is offering another expression, Powers Three Swallow, to American whiskey lovers.

Founded by innkeeper James Power in 1791, Powers was one of the first Irish whiskey brands to bottle its whiskey, and Powers Gold Label has long been a top-selling whiskey in Ireland. Their foray into the American market is relatively recent, with Three Swallow being the latest expression sold in the US.

Powers Three Swallow single pot still whiskey is made at the Midleton Distillery (owned by Pernod) in County Cork with a mash of malted and unmalted barley and triple distilled in copper pot stills. It starts ageing in used bourbon barrels (2nd and 3rd fill), then finishes in ex-sherry casks. The whiskey’s official tasting notes are as follows:

At first sip, the initial taste delivers rich, smooth nutty flavours followed by a wave of green apple and citrus notes, with a touch of cedar wood for extra complexity. Spicy sweetness floats atop, balanced with a hint of sherry notes, leading to a crisp cereal finish with notes of toasted oak.

Powers Three Swallow is available in liquor stores nationwide and is priced around $40-45 per bottle.

Irish Whiskey News - December 20 - 2018 - McKIllen

McKillen Distillery Plan Suffers Setback

Kildare County Council planning officials have returned proposals for an Irish whiskey distillery on the site of Monasterevin’s Ballykelly Mill to Paddy McKillen’s Jewel filed Ltd firm, saying that the planning application is invalid.

The Irish Independent reports that officials took issue with the failure of the proposal’s site notice to mention the “Natura Impact Statement” included by McKillen as part of his application.

McKillen’s plan is being supported by an investment from Bono and, if approved, will involve an initial outlay of €50 million for a proposed distillery, visitor centre, tasting rooms and event spaces on the site of Ballykelly Mill. McKillen asserted, “We’re restoring a beautiful 200-year-old mill and reviving Monasterevin’s rich heritage in producing the finest whiskey going right back to the 18th century. We have assembled an amazing team of world-leading experts and we will produce a world-class product.”

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Andrew

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The Whiskey Experts - Irish Whiskey News Dec 13 - 2018

Irish Whiskey News – December 13 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Egans whiskey new Pedro Ximenez aged whiskey and what the Japan/EU trade agreement means for the whiskey industry.

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

Irish Whiskey News - December 13 - 2018 - Egans

New Egan’s Irish Whiskey Offering Aged Exclusively In PX Casks

The Egan’s Irish whiskey label, as we’ve touched upon in the recent past, is an emerging brand tied to a leading Irish merchant house that, at one time, spanned a range of commercial endeavours that included malting, brewing, and bottling. It has now debuted what’s said to be the only Irish whiskey that’s been aged exclusively in Pedro Ximenez casks from Spain.

The new Egan’s Fortitude, according to those behind it, is a non-age statement expression that’s been matured exclusively in Pedro Ximenez casks. It is a 92 proof offering that’s said to demonstrate “the ambition of the Egan family to challenge the status quo.” What this has exactly to do with this whiskey is unknown, but now you know.

Irish aWhiskey News - December 13 - 2018 - japan

IWA urges European Parliament to ratify EU-Japan FTA

The EU-Japan free trade agreement, also known as the Economic Partnership Agreement, will come to a vote tomorrow (Wednesday 12 December). The agreement was signed on 17 July 2018 and represents the “largest” bilateral trade deal ever done by the EU. It is set to come into force on 1 February 2019 if ratified by the European Parliament and the EU Council.

Once in effect, Irish whiskey will benefit from the protection of a geographical indication (GI) in Japan for the first time. This will mean that only whiskey produced in Ireland in accordance with EU regulations can be labelled and marketed as Irish whiskey in Japan.

The IWA also stated that the deal will create a trade zone of 600 million people, covering a third of global GDP and about 40% of global trade. William Lavelle, head of the IWA, said: “Historically, sales of Irish whiskey in Asia and the Far East have been low.

“However, Japan represents the largest market for Irish whiskey in Asia and is among one of the Asian markets identified by the Irish Whiskey Association as offering significant future growth potential. Already, last year, sales of Irish whiskey grew by 15.6% in Japan. “Protecting the name of Irish whiskey and the high standards which are the hallmark of Irish whiskey are critical to support future export growth.

“The EU-Japan agreement will extend protection to Irish whiskey in Japan for the first time and we would call on MEPs to ratify this deal on Wednesday.”

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Andrew

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The Whiskey Experts - Irish Whiskey News Dec 6 - 2018

Irish Whiskey News – December 6 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Jameson’s Distillery winning Global Tour Experience Award and what effect is Brexit going to have on the drinks industry in Ireland.

 

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

 

Irish Whiskey News - December 6 - 2018 - Jameson

Jameson distillery takes home global award for tour experience

The €11m refurbishment of Jameson Bow St. has resonated with guests on the global stage as it has just been named the world’s leading distillery tour. Sharing the finalist list with well-known brands including Macallan, Hennessy, Jack Daniels and Jose Cuervo, the Dublin-based experience was given the accolade at the World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony in Lisbon at the weekend.The old Jameson distillery re-opened its doors in March 2017 after several months of significant renovation, in addition to a shake-up of the different tour options on offer.

The distillery first opened in 1780. It reached its peak during the 1870s and 1880s when it employed more than 300 people and produced one million gallons of whiskey each year. Three tours now on offer at the new site tailor to the desires of those who walk through the distillery doors; The Bow St Experience, The Whiskey Makers and The Whiskey Shakers.

 

 

Irish Whiskey News - December 6 - 2018 - brexit

Value of Cross Border Drinks Trade Highlighted

The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) addressed the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine on December 4th, highlighting the value of cross border sector trail. According to the ABFI, the aggregate value of trade in drinks products between the UK and Ireland in 2017 was €364m, with over 23,000 truck movements by the drinks industry taking place across the Irish border annually.

ABFI told the Committee that the Irish drinks industry operates on an integrated all-island basis with seamless cross border supply chains, and three cross border Geographic Indications (GIs): Irish whiskey, Irish cream liqueur and poitín. It noted that €1.6bn worth of drinks products were exported from the island of Ireland in 2017, with €1.2bn coming from the Republic of Ireland. The aggregate value of trade in drinks products between the UK and Ireland in 2017 was €364m, one third of which, or €121m, was the aggregate value of north-south trade. Meanwhile, over 130m glass bottles are imported into this state from the UK every year.

 

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Andrew

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