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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