This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Teeling Whiskey picking up 6 World Whiskey Awards and Jameson passed the 8 million case mark in 2019.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Feb 13 - 2020 - Teeling Whiskey

Teeling Whiskey nabs six early honors from World Whiskeys Awards

Teeling Whiskey has picked up six honors, including best Irish Single Malt and Best Irish Single Cask Single Malt, after the first round of judging for the 2020 World Whiskeys Awards. Teeling Whiskey said its 30-Year-Old Single Malt and 13-Year-Old Calvados Cask Single Malt will now be in the running for the title of 2020 World’s Best Single Malt, which Teeling was awarded in 2019. The winner will be announced on March 26 at the Whiskey Magazine Awards dinner in London.

The distillery said: “The Teeling 30-Year-Old release, which is limited to just 500 bottles, is amongst the oldest bottlings of Irish Single Malt released in recent years, making it one of the most exclusive Irish whiskeys in the world. Distilled in 1988 this whiskey was initially matured in ex-Bourbon casks for 25 years, before being given an additional 5 years maturation in ex-White Burgundy French oak casks. “The 30-Year-Old success is accompanied by World’s Best Honour for a Teeling Whiskey Single Cask Calvados Finished Single Malt bottling as well as honors for 4 other Teeling Whiskeys in various different categories highlighting the range and diversity of the world-class Irish whiskeys within the Teeling Whiskey portfolio.”

Irish Whiskey News - Feb 13 - 2020 - Jameson Whiskey 

Jameson whiskey sales passed record 8 million cases in 2019

Irish Distillers, which makes Jameson Whiskey, said it sold 4.6 million cases of the whiskey in the six months to the end of December, an increase of 9% on the same time the previous year. Irish Distillers also recorded the single largest sales month in history, selling a total of 940,000 cases in December 2019. During the six month period, Germany saw growth of 34%, while Russia reported 14% growth, with impressive growth also seen in Canada (up 13%), South Africa (up 12%) and the UK (up 10%).

The company said that key emerging markets for Jameson experienced 37% growth, buoyed by markets like Nigeria, which saw a jump in sales of 185%. Sales in China also soared by 76% and in India by 47%. Irish Distillers noted that global travel retail also continued to grow, partly due to the successful launch of Jameson Triple Triple in July 2019.

The company also saw strong growth across the rest of its whiskey portfolios in the first half of the year, with Redbreast sales up 24%, on the back of growth in the US, the UK and France. Conor McQuaid, chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers, said that the company sold one million cases of Jameson for the first time in 1996. “In 2010, we cracked three million and today we are celebrating the eight million case mark (for 2019),” he added.


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