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The Whiskey Experts - Irish Whiskey News April 25 - 2019

Irish Whiskey News – April 25 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the new producers redefining the industry and sales of Irish whiskey pass the €1 billion mark in the US.

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

Irish Whiskey News - April 25 - 2019 - Dingle Whiskey

Meet the New Producers Redefining Irish Whiskey

During 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. First, Ireland’s independence cut off the British Empire’s market. Then, Prohibition in America further cooled demand for an Irish whiskey, and unlike some nations, Ireland refused to play ball with bootleggers. By the mid-1900s, Ireland’s weak economy and an isolationist policy, which led to an export ban as well as high domestic taxes, had only made things worse. The country’s distilleries shuttered in vast numbers, and those that survived did so by consolidation. In 1975, only three Irish distilling entities remained.

Since then, and particularly in the last decade, the industry has had a comeback. Driven in part by a worldwide boom and the success of legacy brand Jameson, the energy behind what once made the category exciting has returned. And, as of January, the IWA counted 21 operational facilities, with another 26 in various stages of planning to open in the near future. These producers are eager to make their mark on the country’s signature spirit. Since good whiskey takes time to make and age, many upstarts work with at least some distillate made elsewhere to blend whiskeys or add unique finishes. Yet, each pushes Irish whiskey forward in their own way. Discover five of the innovative distilleries shaping the way it looks today, and what it may become in the future.

 

Irish Whiskey News - April 25 - 2019 - Jameson Whiskey

Irish whiskey sales top $1bn in the US

Sales of Irish whiskey in the US rose 12 per cent last year passing the $1 billion milestone for the first time. However, Jameson, which has led the renaissance, is seeing a slowdown in growth in the US with analysts attributing it in part to the launch of Conor McGregor’s Proper No Twelve brand last year.

Recent figures from the Distilled Spirits Council show that nearly 4.7 million nine-litre case were sold in the US in 2018 generating $1.01 billion in revenues for distillers. This marks a 9.4 per cent increase versus the prior year and compares with combined sales of just $74 million in 2003. According to the council’s data, the category has benefited from drinkers’ desire to “trade up” from entry-level brands to so-called “high-end premium” and “super premium” products. Indeed, since 2002, high-end premium and super-premium brands grew 1,106 per cent and 3,385 per cent, respectively.

 

 

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The Whiskey Experts - Irish Whiskey News April 4 - 2019

Irish Whiskey News – April 4 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Irish whiskey gaining GI status from the European Commission and Sliabh Liag Distillery submits a plan for a €6 million distillery in Co. Donegal.

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

Irish Whiskey News - April 4 - 2019 - Irish Whiskey GI Status

Irish whiskey gains GI status from the European Commission

The industry worked with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to submit the Irish whiskey technical file in 2014. The file detailed the different types of Irish whiskey, including malt, pot still, grain and blended, as well as their individual production techniques.

Carleen Madigan, a legal advisor to the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA), said: “This is a momentous achievement for the industry and ensures that the traditions and high standards of the category will be protected in the EU and globally in markets with which the EU has a trade agreement. “As sales continue to boom globally, we have seen a trebling in the complaints to the association regarding fake products. “The geographic indication provides the strongest possible protection against these infringements and gives us the basis for enforcement action against misleading products.”

Irish Whiskey News - April 4 - 2019 - Sliabh LiagSliabh Liag submits plans for a €6m distillery in Co. Donegal

Sliabh Liag, submitted the application to Donegal County Council today. Subject to approval, the construction of the distillery in Ardara is expected to start later this year, with distilling operations beginning in 2020. Led by company directors James and Moria Doherty and James Keith, the site will employ at least 40 people. It will have the production capacity of 400,000 litres annually – the equivalent of around 1,700 filled casks and more than 1.2 million bottles.

Plans for the new visitor centre include a poitín museum, exhibition space, tasting bar and shop. The site will be designed by Corner Stone Architecture to “complement the village and its natural surroundings”. James Doherty, managing director of Sliabh Liag Distillers, said: “The design of the development is a mix of contemporary and traditional finishes which complement the village of Ardara.

 

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Irish Whiskey News – March 28 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the release of an ultrarare Midleton Very Rare and the Irish Whiskey Museum and Teeling Distillery receive €200,000 in Failte Ireland funding. 

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

 

Irish Whiskey News - March 27 - 2019 - Searsons Bar

New Midleton Very Rare Whiskey Announced with Eye Watering Price Tag

One of Ireland’s most prominent publicans and owner of nine of Dublin’s finest pubs, Charlie Chawke, has recently purchased a Single Cask of Midleton Very Rare. Hand selected especially for Charlie Chawke by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, this exclusive Single Cask is only available in Searsons on Baggot Street, Dublin 4 and online in the coming weeks.

A historic Dublin pub forever known as a meeting point for business networking and match days, Searsons has a dedicated whiskey bar boasting an extensive range, including an impressive collection of Midleton Very Rare. Charlie Chawke has been an avid collector of Midleton Very Rare and his collection, which takes pride of place in Searsons on Baggot Street, includes every vintage since 1984. The most significant addition to his collection is this specially selected Single Cask; a 28-year-old whiskey matured in a first fill bourbon barrel, which was distilled in 1990 in the Midleton Distillery in Co. Cork.

 

Irish Whiskey News - March 27 - 2019 - Teeling Whiskey

Fáilte Ireland Announces Over €1.75m In Funding For 11 Dublin Visitor Attraction

Fáilte Ireland has announced that just over €1.75 million will be invested in 11 Dublin visitor attractions through its ‘Dublin’s Surprising Stories Grants Scheme’. The announcement was made on Tuesday March 26 at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum by the minister for finance and public expenditure and reform Paschal Donohoe. Successful applicants include the Irish Whiskey Museum and the Teeling Distillery

The funding is part of Fáilte Ireland’s strategy to ensure continued growth and sustainability in the tourism industry and to support the development of world-class visitor attractions in the Dublin region. The investment will be used for the improvement of physical interpretation such as foreign language provision, video, interpretive panels and interactive technology, and is also designed to encourage attractions to extend the opening hours.


 

 

 

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