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.
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.
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.
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