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Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Mar 12 - 2018

Irish Whiskey Weekly News – Mar 12 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on Teelings new barrel choices, The sad passing of Pearse Lyons and a chat with Louise McGuane of Chapel Gate Whiskey Company.

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


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Mar 12 - 2018 - Teeling Whiskey

Teeling Irish whiskey aims to challenge norms with barrel flavours

How do you craft something that’s recognizable yet wholly unique?

That was the question Alex Chasko, along with Jack and Stephen Teeling, asked themselves when they set about opening the first new distillery in Dublin in more than 125 years. They knew they wanted Teeling Whiskey to “challenge the norms of what it means to make an Irish whiskey,” Chasko said. But what, really, did that mean?

The possibilities were vast. After all, the only limitations they faced were legal; the Irish Whiskey Act of 1980 mapped out the basic requirements for the spirit. The law is straightforward: An Irish whiskey must be made from a mash of malted barley (it may include other unmalted cereal grains); it must be mashed, fermented, distilled to no more than 94.8 percent alcohol by volume; it must be matured in wooden casks for at least three years in Ireland and/or Northern Ireland; it can’t contain additives (other than water and caramel colouring); and it must be bottled at no less than 40 percent alcohol by volume.


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Mar 12 - 2018 - Pearse Lyons

Pearse Lyons, the Irish-born Kentucky billionaire who founded Alltech, dies

Pearse Lyons, the Irish-born Kentucky billionaire who founded the international agribusiness and beverage giant Alltech and was the key figure in bringing the World Equestrian Games to Lexington in 2010, has died at age 73. Lyons died Thursday morning followed months of hospitalisation from complications following heart surgery Nov. 1, Alltech spokeswoman Susanna Elliott said.

 A hard-charging businessman with boundless energy and an outgoing personality, Lyons also was a major philanthropist, focusing on education. Among many other contributions, he and his family have given science labs to schools, scholarships to science graduate students and more than $1 million to help the University of Kentucky’s Opera Theatre program attract and educate top students.

“Pearse was a builder,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “A builder of ideas and projects and people. A man of imagination, vigour, and enthusiasm. He was one of those rare, larger than life figures who had an influence far beyond our borders.”


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Mar 12 - 2018 - Chapel Gate

A drink with… Louise McGuane, Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Company

How did you start out in the industry?

I’ve been working for 20 years with a range of multinational drinks companies; I worked with Moët Hennessy, Pernod Ricard and Diageo in everything from strategic marketing to commercialisation.But I always worked abroad; I was based in New York and Singapore. I was always away, I never worked a day of my life in Ireland.

Where did the idea for the Chapel Gate Whiskey Company come from?

I had just got married and my husband was based in London, while I was living in Singapore. I had figured that if I grounded myself in one place then a lot of opportunities with these multinationals would begin to close off. I looked around and decided it was time to do something on my own, so in 2012 I looked back to Ireland. Irish whiskey was on the way up as a category, and we were starting to see some movement on the craft side, with independent distilleries popping up. Originally my idea was to create a craft grain-­to-­glass distillery on my family farm. But while I was researching I discovered this label that said ‘J.J. Corry special malt whiskey bonder in Kilrush’, which is where I’m from. I looked at the term ‘bonder’ and I discovered that Irish whiskey bonding was a huge part of the industry up until the 1930s, when it all but died out.


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Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Feb 19 - 2018

Irish Whiskey Weekly News – Feb 19 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on NYC Dead Rabbits new release which helps Aware NI, Celtic Cask releases – could they be the best and the argument for Irish whiskey from experts in Ireland.

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


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Feb 19 - 2018 - Dead Rabbit

Dead Rabbit owners’ whiskey to benefit people in Northern Ireland

The North Belfast owners of New York’s Dead Rabbit have created their own whiskey which is set to benefit people in Northern Ireland. Now the pair has launched the Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey, to mark the bar’s fifth anniversary, and people in Northern Ireland are set to benefit as they have donated their brand rights to benefit Aware NI.

They said: “We launched Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey at our party on Monday – a fine blend of single malt and grain whiskeys (44%ABV) that is, as the label says, ‘A Measure of Attitude’. “We really hope it does well, but for one very specific reason. When we were first discussing a whiskey of our own with Dublin Liberties Distillery, we saw an opportunity to do something more. “Aware NI is a Northern Ireland charity providing resources and support for local people with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. We have donated our brand rights to Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey to benefit Aware NI.


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Feb 19 - 2018 - Celtic Cask

Celtic Cask: Is This The Pinnacle of Irish Whiskey?

In 2003, a transplanted Scotsman named Ally Alpine opened a liquor store in Dublin specializing in Irish whiskey. At the time, there wasn’t a single specialist Irish whiskey retailer to be found anywhere in Ireland. The Celtic Cask series was born in 2010 when Alpine decided to branch out into the world of speciality whiskey bottling. At the time, there were no high-end speciality whiskey bottlers operating in Ireland. What speciality bottling did occur was mostly for the mass market, retailer branded, low priced offerings.

Alpine first worked with Cooley Distillery to bottle single cask offerings, which he selected from their Tyrconnell and Connemara brands, as Celtic Whiskey Shop exclusives. The early bottlings were matured entirely in ex-bourbon casks. Alpine soon switched to finishing those whiskeys using barrels that had previously held wines that were exclusively imported into Ireland by the Celtic Whiskey Shop. This was the genesis of the shop’s “cask finish, single cask” releases that would eventually become the Celtic Cask series.


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Feb 19 - 2018 - Teeling

The Argument for Irish Whiskey – According to Experts from Ireland

In late January, a Japanese whiskey called the Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky sold for $300,000 at Sotheby’s auction house in Hong Kong, breaking the record for the most expensive bottle of whiskey ever sold. It was previously held by another Japanese whiskey, the Karuizawa 1960. Right now, Japanese whiskey is one of the most sought-after spirits in the world. But it is in Ireland—the supposed birthplace of the liquor, if you ask any Irish person with even a drop of national pride—where a true revival of whiskey is taking place.

Now, Irish whiskey’s biggest advocates—bartenders, distillers, even tour guides—have made it their mission to educate the public about Irish whiskey’s legacy, and to revive its reputation in the public eye as some of the most complex, best-tasting whiskey you can buy today. Here, three experts in the field explain why Irish whiskey is more relevant in the world of spirits than ever before.



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