This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on Pearse Lyons new 5 year old single malt, John Teeling and Bernard Walsh give newcomers a few lessons and Slane whiskey release the winners of their cocktail competition.
So let’s see what’s been happening this week in our Irish whiskey weekly news.
On Thursday last Pearse Lyons released their Cask Strength launched as a travel exclusive to The Loop at Dublin Airport. Limited to 1,000 bottles, individually numbered and bottled at 59.3%, it hails the first release from Pearse Lyons Distillery that is wholly their own spirit. Further to this release, a 4,000 bottle release of 46% ABV. 5-year-old whiskey is expected shortly, but I haven’t tried that yet.
The Cask Strength box and bottle, much like the distillery, is designed to be a real eye-catcher. The box is embossed, both raised and lowered, laying out the design of St James’s Church steeple where the Pearse Lyons Distillery is located, along with details that can be found inside the church.
Bernard Walsh, founder and managing director of Walsh Whiskey Distillery, said the category may have lacked innovation in the past, but partly attributed this to the number of distillers on the market. Until 2013, the only distilleries producing and selling Irish whiskey were Cooley, Kilbeggan, New Midleton and Old Bushmills. By 2017, this number had more than quadrupled to 18 – and 16 more are already being planned. Walsh said: “[Innovation] is possibly one area maybe in years gone by we might have under-delivered on.
“Innovation is high on the agenda and we need to broaden out the profile of Irish whiskey. Irish whiskey over the last century has really narrowed its focus but now we’re broadening out and innovation is leading to that.”
Jack Teeling, founder and managing director of the Teeling Whiskey Company, supported Walsh’s stance. He told SB that new Irish whiskey producers are “vital” to creating diversity within the category, which will be key to its success. “We need to be able to connect with a new generation of drinkers, and it can’t all be down to one brand, or two brands, or blended whiskey; we need pot stills, single malts – we need variety.“The new guys are needed to complement the bigger guys who do a lot of heavy lifting in terms of consumer recruitment, but we need discovery brands to keep them excited about Irish whiskey. “If we can do that, we can keep going for the next 30 or 40 years.”
The Slane Cocktail Series gave bartenders a chance to develop and showcase recipes featuring triple-casked Irish whiskey. That has been great news for whiskey fans in Boston, Chicago and San Francisco who now have a long list of exciting bars and mouthwatering cocktails to discover.
But the biggest winners of the Slane Cocktail Series were the bartenders behind the nine top recipes. These innovative cocktail makers won an immersive trip to the Slane Castle in Ireland, in addition to being featured on their own city’s guide to great Irish whiskey. Get to know the winners of the Slane Cocktail Series. This is how they earned a trip to Ireland and what they experienced while they were there.
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