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The Whiskey Experts - Irish Whiskey News July 11 - 2019

Irish Whiskey News – July 11 – 2019


This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the Irish Whiskey Association’s defence of its technical file and Lambay Whiskey and Whiskey Island launch their private island whiskey experience. 

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

Irish Whiskey News - July 11 - 2019 - IWA

IWA responds to claims Irish whiskey laws favour Pernod

The Irish Whiskey Association has responded to claims that its Geographical Indication and Technical File is in danger of ‘dumbing down’ the category. In 2014 the IWA secured a GI and Technical File to define and control the production of Irish whiskey but now these rules have met opposition from Irish distiller Blackwater, which argues these definitions benefit Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers. A blog post written by Blackwater says that the legislation, particularly the definition of Irish pot still whiskey, is inaccurate and restrictive.

Blackwater points to archaic British laws which forbid distillers from bringing in wash – distiller’s beer – from outside the distillery, and the definition of the grain make up of a pot still whiskey – which limits the use of other grains apart from barley to just 5% of the mash bill. The distiller says this is not in keeping with many traditional and historical mash bill recipes, suggesting that the rules are designed to reflect the recipes that biggest producer Irish Distillers uses for its current pot still whiskeys.

William Lavelle, head of the Irish Whiskey Association, has defended the Association’s role in securing the GI and Technical File. “There have been a number of very important moments that have shaped the future of Irish whiskey, and securing the GI from the European Union in 2014 was one of those key moments,” said Lavelle. “Defining Irish whiskey and its main styles was a difficult process, as a broad catch-all definition for any of the distinctive whiskeys would weaken the claim for the GI.

Irish Whiskey News - July 11 - 2019 - Lambay Whiskey

Lambay Whiskey and Whiskey Island launch Private Island Whiskey Experience

Lambay Whiskey and Whiskey Island have just launched a private island whiskey experience. Lambay Whiskey is offering private groups the chance to experience Lambay Island – a private island owned by the Baring family – and to taste their cognac cask finished Irish whiskey straight from the cask. 

You will get to visit the island and meet with the Baring family and sample what makes this island so unique. Leaving from Malahide and arriving at Lambay 25 minutes later you will take a walking tour of the island where you may see wallabies, puffins and herds of island deer before you make your way to the Bothy to sample a three-part Lambay Whiskey tasting.

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey News.

Andrew

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The Whiskey Experts - Irish Whiskey News July 4 - 2019

Irish Whiskey News – July 4 – 2019


This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on nearly 3 million visitors to Irelands brewery and distillery centres and the TTB in the US moves forward with bottle change plans.

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

Irish Whiskey News July 3 - 2019 - Whiskey Tourism

Number Of Visitors At Irish Breweries And Distilleries reach nearly 3 million.

Recent statistics from the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland show that brewery and distillery visitor centres benefit Ireland’s tourism. The number of visitors to brewery and distillery visitor centres increased by 7.2% from 2017 to 2018, and ABFI said the number of visitors is expected to grow.

According to a statement, 2,590,215 million people visited the centres in 2017 and 2,778,500 people visited the centres in 2018. There are at least 24 visitor centres. Almost 35% of visitors were from North America, and almost 13%, came from the UK. Irish citizens made up just over 7% of the total visitors, and Germany and France each made up about 5%.

Irish Whiskey News July 3 - 2019 - Whiskey labelling

 TTB moves forward with whiskey bottle plans

July 3, 2019 – In a move certain to set off fireworks within the distilled spirits industry, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Tax & Trade Bureau appears to be “fast-tracking” a plan to eliminate most of the requirements for distilled spirits and wine bottle sizes. The agency published its notices of proposed rulemaking on Monday, kicking off a public comment period that will end August 30.

The agency’s rationale for considering the change covers both increased purchasing options for consumers while eliminating regulations that “inhibit competition and the movement of goods in domestic and international commerce.” The current regulations ban the import and sale of distilled spirits in 700-millilitre bottles, which is the European Union standard. As a result, U.S. whisky makers who want to export their products to Europe face the increased cost of producing 750ml bottles for the domestic market and 700ml bottles for export. European whisky and spirits makers, including all Scotch and Irish Whiskey brands, face the same problem when they want to export their products to the United States. 

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Andrew

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The Whiskey Experts - Irish Whiskey News June 27 - 2019

Irish Whiskey News – June 27 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Jameson reaching No.3 in world sales and the first whiskey cask auction gets ready to go live.

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

Irish Whiskey News - June 27 - 2019 - Jameson Whiskey

Worlds top 10 best-selling world whiskey brands

As Irish whiskey maintains its rising popularity, Japanese whisky and American whiskey strain to keep up with demand. Regardless, the world category is in a healthy place. According to this year’s Brand Champions supplement, there was strong growth across the world whisk(e)y category – with nine out of the top 10 brands in our list posting solid growth in 2018.

With new entries in the top 10 looking to disrupt the field, we uncovered the 10 best-selling world brands. After claiming the title of Brand Champion in 2018, Pernod Ricard-owned Jameson continued its growth trajectory to reach sales of 7.5m nine-litre cases in 2018. In the last 12-months, Jameson has unveiled a refreshed bottle design, the second iteration of its Dublin-aged 18-year-old, a new campaign with record producer Anderso.Paak and carried out a St Patrick’s Day expedition – it’s no wonder that the brand was cited with boosting Pernod Ricard’s latest nine-month sales.

2018: 7.5m
2017: 6.9m

% change: +9.3%
Place last year: 4

Irish Whiskey News - June 27 - 2019 - Whiskey Cask Auction

The First-Ever Online Whisky Cask Auction Is About to Take Place

On June 26th rare whisky and cask reseller Cask 88 will launch the first-ever online whisky cask auction, with a score of coveted casks available for purchase. The platform is designed to let your fingers do the walking and bid on barrels from a throng of masterful distillers. The first auction takes the theme of ‘Maritime Malts’—among the barrels on offer are the Laphroaig 23-Year-Old, the Kilchoman 12-Year-Old, as well as a first fill sherry cask from Orkney and a first fill six-year-old bourbon cask from Aultmore.

The online auction marks an important step for the spirits industry. Until now, procuring a cask has been a little cumbersome. Occasionally, distilleries may offer their tipple by the cask, or a barrel might roll onto the auction block—but it’s all been rather old fashioned (unfortunately, not the cocktail variety). “Online cask auctions are a natural next step for Cask 88. We have been in the whisky cask market for many years and have seen demand for cask whisky grow enormously during that time,” the director of Cask 88 Patrick Costello said in a press release.

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey News.

Andrew

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