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.
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.
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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