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.
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.
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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