This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Irish whiskey gaining certification trademark in Taiwan and IT Carlow distilling student earns €1000 bursary from Walsh Whiskey.
So let’s see what’s happening this week in our Irish whiskey news.
Irish whiskey has been granted a certification trademark in both English and Chinese with the aim of giving consumers in Taiwan more confidence in the quality and authenticity of Irish whiskey. Irish whiskey has grown by more than 44% in Taiwan over the last three years, according to the trade bodies. The legal protection follows recent certification trademarks for Irish whiskey in Australia, South Africa and India.
Miriam Mooney, legal advisor of Drinks Ireland and the Irish Whiskey Association, said: “The registration of Irish whiskey as a certification trademark in Taiwan is another successful milestone in Drinks Ireland and the Irish Whiskey Association’s global protection strategy. “It is imperative that we ensure the integrity of the Irish whiskey category is upheld in both established and new emerging markets. “The industry takes the legal protection of Irish whiskey very seriously and this year trebled its investment in protection, which enables us to seek legal protection for Irish whiskey on a worldwide basis.
Gary Ring, a student on Ireland’s first honours degree course in brewing and distilling at IT Carlow, has been awarded the Walsh Whiskey €1,000 bursary prize for achieving the highest grades in first year. A mature student from Douglas, Co Cork, Gary worked for many years as a wine buyer for Musgrave’s SuperValu and Centra franchises and most recently the Barry Group that owns the CarryOut and Costcutter brands, which led to a curiosity about the production side of the drinks industry.
In 2017, Walsh Whiskey announced an annual €1,000 bursary prize to the brewing and distilling student who achieved the highest grades at the end of first year. The bursary, according to Bernard Walsh, founder and managing director of Walsh Whiskey, recognises IT Carlow as a centre for teaching, learning, research and innovation in brewing and distilling. “We are delighted to recognise Gary’s exceptional achievement through this bursary. Walsh Whiskey aligns very well to the brewing and distilling degree at Institute of Technology Carlow in that we both aim to make world-class contributions to the re-emerging and growing sector that is Irish whiskey. Our Writers’ Tears and The Irishman whiskeys are on the market over 13 years now and they will need world-class distillers of the future, like Gary, to ensure they remain the super-premium whiskeys that they are,” said Bernard.
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