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Irish Whiskey News – Nov 21 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on The Palace Bar in Dublin releasing a rare 11 year old Green Spot whiskey and the new Hinch Distillery is under construction in Co.Down.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Nov 21 - 2019 - Palace Bar Green Spot

The Palace Bar release rare 11 Year Old Green Spot released

Today sees the release of the new Green Spot 11 year old Palace Bar edition. A single cask, single pot still aged in Bourbon barrels before being re-casked in Bordeaux wine hogsheads. It is triple distilled, matured for 11 years and was hand selected exclusively by The Palace Bar.

Willie Aherne of The Palace Bar, “The Palace Bar has been in the Aherne family for three generations. It’s an incredible honour for us now to be associated with the Mitchells who have been custodians of Green Spot pot still whiskey for seven generations. We are also very privileged to be the first bar in recent years to have a Green Spot exclusive, a beautiful addition to our extensive Irish whiskey collection.”

Green Spot, The Palace Bar Exclusive Edition is available from The Palace Bar on 21, Fleet Street, Dublin 2 for €350 from Thursday November 21st.

Irish Whiskey News - Nov 21 - 2019 - Hinch Distillery

New £15m Co Down whiskey and gin distillery to create 42 jobs

The Hinch Distillery, backed by one of the north’s best known business figures, Terry Cross, is set to create up to 42 jobs at the 30,000 sq ft facility under construction between Belfast and Ballynahinch. The two-story building will include a large whiskey and gin distillery, bottling line, storage facilities and offices. A visitor centre with a café, restaurant and pub is also being constructed on site.

Belfast native Aaron Flaherty, has been appointed head distiller. His 15 years experience includes roles at Bushmills and Scotch distillery sites. “Irish whiskey has continually been the fastest growing spirit category in the world over the last 10 years, nearly trebling in size,” he said. “This trend is forecast to continue in the future with Irish whiskey beginning to approach and indeed overtake sales of Scotch in many international markets. The world gin market has also witnessed phenomenal growth in the last few years yet still has huge potential to grow in markets where gin is still a relatively small category.

The company says the distillery’s tourist potential could see it attract 100,000 visitors each year. Belfast company Drinksology, which was involved in developing Diageo’s new whiskey distillery in Dublin, Roe & Co, has been recruited by the new drinks firm. The finished project is expected to be officially launched next summer.

 

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Irish Whiskey News – Nov 14 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on a new spirit resurrected from a medieval text after 700 years and The Quietman Distillery in Co. Derry is not going ahead as planned.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Nov 14 - 2019 - Aqua Vitae

Original Uisce Beatha recipe to be released after 695 years

Aqua Vitae, a new spirit based on the first written record of a grain distillate in Ireland, will be launching later this month. After painstaking research, Chris Hennessy and Jarrod Cuffe have recreated Aqua Vitae using the original recipe created by Richard Du Ledrede, the Bishop of Ossory, in Kilkenny circa 1324.

First intended as an internal and topical cure all, Aqua Vitae is the original uisce beatha and the precursor to whiskey as we know it today. Its rich use of botanicals also makes it an ancestor of bitters. Aqua Vitae, launched under the name from the original Latin recipe, will be available in 500ml.

Instead of using standard botanicals the creators have opted for only organic ones, staying true to the original 14th Century recipe. Using a pot still spirit of 50% barley and 50% malted barley, they have recreated history in a glass.

Irish Whiskey News - Nov 14 - 2019 - Quietman Distillery

Quiet Man distillery plans ‘on hold for now’

One of many distilleries to be built in Ireland has been put on hold by the brand’s maker, Niche Drinks. They received approval to build the £12 million (US$15.4m) distillery in 2017. The move was praised at the time by the Irish Whiskey Association as “further evidence that the renaissance of Irish whiskeys is occurring throughout the island of Ireland”.

In November last year, it was reported that plans to build The Quiet Man Distillery had been scrapped. Speaking to The Spirits Business, Luxco CEO Donn Lux said “The Quiet Man brand just wasn’t big enough” to justify building the distillery. He added: “We would still like to do it at some point, but not right now. The brand is doing well, but it’s small. It was more of a tourism project the more we looked at it.”

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Irish Whiskey News – Nov 7 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on a new EU- China trade deal that will benefit Irish whiskey and Bushmills brings the art of whiskey and cheese together.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Nov 7 - 2019 - Irish Whiskey China Deal

Irish whiskey to benefit from EU-China trade deal

The agreement, which will also see Irish cream liqueurs protected, was finalised in Beijing on November 5th and has been signed by EU commissioner Phil Hogan. Whiskey distilled and matured in Ireland can now be labelled and sold in China as Irish whiskey. Trade group the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has welcomed the new agreement, which will allow the category to “crackdown on fake competitors”.

“Irish whiskey sales in China have historically been low, but the category recorded 50% growth in 2018,” said William Lavelle, head of the IWA. “Chinese consumers are increasingly looking for authenticity. This agreement protects and promotes authenticity and will grow sales. “The protection provided in this agreement will further give Irish whiskey producers the confidence to invest in increased sales and marketing in China, knowing that there is legal remedy to crack down on fake competitors.”

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Bushmills to bring the art of whiskey and cheese together

Bushmills® Irish Whiskey is collaborating with renowned cheese affineur and founder of The Cheese Tasting Company, Ned Palmer, to host a series of whiskey and cheese pairing masterclasses across Ireland in November and December. The exclusive events will bring the 2019 #BlackBushStories campaign to a close, following a busy calendar of immersive consumer experiences throughout the country.

‘Black Bush & Cheese’ will take place in Belfast at The Pug Lounge in Pug Uglys on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th November. The events are a first in Northern Ireland for the London-based cheese expert and will see Ned showcasing his favourite Irish cheeses as he joins Bushmills Brand Ambassador, Lauren McMullan, to introduce guests to the arts of both whiskey and cheese tasting.

The masterclass will explore the similarities between the crafts of Irish whiskey distillation and cheese making, uncovering the significance of the maturation process in each and how this reflects in their respective flavour profiles. Alongside this, guests will explore a selection of complementary pairings of Bushmills’ best loved whiskeys with artisan Irish cheeses and will have a go at creating their own pairings.

 

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