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Irish Whiskey News – Dec 5 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Irish whiskey being in danger of US tariffs and Irish Distillers to lead premium whiskey growth in 2020.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Dec 5 - 2019 - Irish Whiskey Tariffs

Fears that Irish whiskey could be hit by new US tariffs

There are fresh fears that Irish whiskey could be hit by new US tariffs. In October, it was announced that a range of goods from the EU were to be subjected to US duties including Irish butter, cheese, liqueurs and pork products. Irish whiskey made in Northern Ireland was on the list of goods but whiskey made in the Republic of Ireland was spared.

Now however, there are growing concerns that Irish whiskey could be affected. The tariffs were announced in retaliation for EU aircraft subsidies but last night the World Trade Organization said Europe had not complied with obligations to remove subsidies to Airbus. In response, the office of the US Trade Representative said it is considering increasing the tariff rates and subjecting additional EU products to the tariffs.

In a letter to members, the Irish Whiskey Association said it was a worrying development and that the threat of tariffs has now escalated. The head of the Irish Whiskey Association, William Lavelle, wrote: “We will continue to monitor the situation and to lobby accordingly.” The EU is pushing for tariffs of around $10 billion on US goods in a parallel process to be decided by the WTO early next year.

Irish Whiskey News - Dec 5 - 2019 - Irish Whiskey futures

Irish Distillers vows to lead premium Irish whiskey growth in 2020

Speaking to The Spirits Business this week Conor McQuaid said Irish Distillers has seen growth across its prestige ranges this year, including Redbreast and the Spot range, and expects a greater demand for premium and super-premium products next year – particularly from the millennial generation.

“What we can say at this stage, though, is that we very much expect to see premiumisation continue to drive the category in 2020, building on the growth we have seen across our prestige ranges this year (+25%), led by Redbreast (+25%) and the Spot range (+40%). “This reflects the increase in consumer appetite, particularly among millennials, for premium and super-premium Irish whiskeys.”

One of the biggest challenges facing Irish Distillers is ensuring production capacity can match the growth of the firm’s whiskey brands. The company has invested more than €400 million (US$440m) in its Midleton Distillery, Dungourney maturation site and bottling plant in Dublin since 2012 in an effort to keep pace with growing demand. “This approach continues; we are laying down stock that will be used decades from now, as we anticipate even greater growth in the Irish whiskey market in the future,”

 

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Irish Whiskey News – Nov 28 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Roe & Co Distillery launching a series of Christmas experiences and Jameson Caskmates release a new label design.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Nov 28 - 2019 - Roe and Co Distillery

Get crafty and enjoy cocktails at the Roe & Co Distillery this Christmas

If you’re looking for a fun and different way to meet up with your mates this festive season, then this series of crafty festive workshops will be of interest to you. And they take place in a whiskey distillery, no less. The Roe & Co whiskey distillery in Dublin 8 is set to open its doors for a series of seriously festive workshops. If this is your first time hearing about the brand, Roe & Co is made from the finest hand-selected stocks of Irish malt and grain whiskeys and aged in bourbon casks. It has a signature smoothness of Irish Whiskey and remarkable depth of flavour including Vanilla, Toffee and spiced orchard fruits from its bourbon cask blend.

For €25 you’ll get to take part in one of these seriously fun workshops, enjoy two cocktails and get a free tour of the distillery. The workshops will bring some of Ireland’s most impressive creatives together to get super crafty and inventive. The series of events kicks off on Sunday, December 8 with a wreath-making workshop hosted by The Garden at Powerscourt Townhouse.

Irish Whiskey News - Nov 28 - 2019 - Jameson Caskmates Stout

Jameson makes caskmates labels easier for drinkers to understand

Jameson launched the caskmates series in 2015, but has now given the range’s branding a makeover. The company said it was responding to consumer research in key markets, including US, UK, South Africa and Ireland, which “highlighted a desire for a simplified product proposition. David Quinn, head of whiskey science at Jameson’s Midleton Distillery, said the series is: “a creative experiment that tapped into the growing appetite for Irish whiskey and love of craft beer.”

The main label will now feature a “stronger focus on the varietal edition” and a clearer descriptor of ‘Whiskey Finished in Craft Beer Barrels’ to “celebrate the liquid within” and differentiate the editions from Jameson’s other ranges. Almost 1 million 9L cases have been sold since the range was launched in 2015. The new look Jameson Stout Edition and Jameson IPA Edition, both bottled at 40% ABV, will be shipped to the US from January 2020 and the rest of the world from March 2020.

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Andrew

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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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Andrew

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