This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the 2019 Irish Whiskey Awards and how whiskey has led to a breakthrough in graphene research.
So let’s see what’s happening this week in our Irish whiskey news.
Ireland’s whiskey awards were held last week at The Dingle Distillery in Co. Kerry and are a celebration of Ireland’s burgeoning whiskey industry. The Irish whiskey industry came out in force to see if their whiskey had what it takes to garner an award. The awards are voted on by the Irish whiskey community and are free to enter, with all profits raised going to charity.
Here are the results in the main categories.
- Best Irish Whiskey of the Year – The Irishman 17-Year-Old
- Best Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year – Bowe’s, Dublin
- Best Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey – Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy
- Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey (12 Years & Younger) – Dunville’s PX Cask 12-Year-Old
- Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey (13 Years & Older) – Teeling Brabazon Volume 1
- Best Irish Blended Whiskey (RRP of less than €60/$66) – Jameson Black Barrel
- Best Irish Blended Whiskey (RRP of €60/$66 or more) – Jameson 18-Year-Old Bow Street
- Best Irish Single Cask Whiskey – The Irishman 17-Year-Old
- Best Irish Cask Strength Whiskey – Redbreast 12-Year-Old Cask Strength
- Best Irish Single Grain Whiskey – Method & Madness Single Grain Virgin Spanish Oak Finish
- Best New Irish Whiskey – Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye
The discovery was made by researchers at the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research (Amber), hosted by Trinity College Dublin, when they were investigating new ways to make the material.
Graphene is one of the thinnest and strongest materials in the world, and is known to have unique mechanical and electrical properties. It is the world’s first 2D material, almost completely transparent. And at an atom thick, it is the thinnest material known to science. Its conduction properties open up potential uses in computers, smartphones and sensors. One of the most efficient ways of making it is through a process called liquid-phase exfoliation (LPE), which was pioneered by Amber researchers and produces nanosheets from layered crystals.
The new research found Irish whiskey could be used to produce defect-free sheets of graphene. The project also found that printable inks produced using the whiskey LPE process could be printed into nanosheet networks for future use in electronics such as RFID tags, data storage or pixels in OLED televisions. The team looked at a number of alcoholic liquids for the process, and found Irish whiskey – in this case, Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey – produced the best results.
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