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Here you can find out whats been going on in the Irish whiskey industry and see what we have been getting up to as The Whiskey Experts. If you want to know any more – please get in touch.

NEWS

Here you can find all the whiskey news that is coming out of Ireland. We will tell you whats been going on in the Irish whiskey industry and see what we have been getting up to as The Whiskey Experts. If you want to know any more information about our weekly whiskey news – please get in touch.

Irish Whiskey News – February 14 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the Women in Whiskey event at Cafe En Seine and how women in the United States are getting a taste for single malt.

 

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

Irish Whiskey News - February 14 - 2018 - Women in Whiskey Cafe En Seine

Café en Seine Presents: Women in Whiskey

If you think whiskey is a man’s drink, well that’s just old fashioned! Welcome to the new wave of female distillers, bonders and blenders putting a spotlight on worldwide whiskey brands from right here in Ireland. They invite you to join them in their brand new and stunning renovated premises on Dawson Street on Wednesday, March 6th for a very special evening that is guaranteed to thrill that whiskey fan in your life.

Not just for women (although they’re putting them in the spotlight), they’re lifting the lid on what it’s like to work in a niche industry and have invited three leading women in the whiskey business along for a chat. Louise McGuane, founder of J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey in Co.Clare, Katherine Condon, micro distiller and brand ambassador at Midleton Whiskey and Lora Hemy, head distiller of Roe & Co Whiskey. Joining them is one or finest bartenders and flavour scientists Ivanna Maresic, who makes a mean cocktail and who’s mixology will be showcased on the night. Guests will then be invited to sample a whiskey brought by each panellist, alongside food paired by Café en Seine’s head chef Stephen Gibson. To top it off, they invite you to enjoy a second delicious, bespoke cocktail created by Ivanna – the perfect end to a fun-filled evening.

Irish Whiskey News - February 14 - 2018 - Women in Whiskey

Whiskey giant Pernod Ricard winning over women as sales soar

The world’s second largest drinks company has distilled a new market for its whiskeys: women. Chivas and Glenlivet maker Pernod Ricard said half the drinkers of its new single-malt Scotch are American women after it made the taste “more approachable,” dropped the price and simplified the packaging.

It released new data Tuesday showing 50% of U.S. sales of the brand came from women — demographic progress that could give it the edge in a fast-growing market. Figures from the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. trade association show sales in Bourbon, Tennessee whiskey and rye jumped 8% to $3.1 billion in 2016, while Irish whiskey sales rose nearly 19%. Consumption of alcohol by women has been steadily rising since the 1950s, but whiskey sales historically have been dominated by men.

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Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – February 7 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on how the golden age of whiskey blends is upon us and Jameson’s meteoric rise in sales in 2018. 

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

Irish Whiskey News - February 7 - 2018 - blends

This Is A Golden Age for Irish Whiskey Blends

Irish whiskey lovers are luckier than ever. More blended Irish whiskeys have appeared in the last five years than in the previous 50. The transformation of blended Irish whiskey from a lifeline thrown by the few surviving distillers of Ireland to the life force driving forward one of the most thrilling whiskey-making nations is a truly remarkable feat. Irish pot still whiskey and Irish single malts deserve the love of aficionados, but for Ireland, the blend is saviour, champion, protector, hero, and guardian angel.

Unlike their Scottish counterparts, Irish blenders often work with whiskeys made under their own roof, which originated out of necessity given the dearth of Irish distillers throughout the 20th century. Furthermore, Irish blends can be made from any combination of the three distinct styles of whiskey produced in Ireland. This differs profoundly from blending in Scotland, where blenders combine just two styles, but many often use 30 or 40 single malts from different distilleries and over half a dozen grain whiskies to create their blends.

Irish Whiskey News - February 7 - 2018 - Jameson

Jameson toasts barrels of growth with 2018 sales figures

Sales of Jameson whiskey passed the four million cases mark in the six months to 31 December. The drink reported value growth of 8pc, and volume growth of 6pc during the period, according to interim results from Irish Distillers. Standout regions for the company included Sub-Saharan Africa, which saw 40pc growth (excluding South Africa), and Asia, where Jameson enjoyed 50pc growth in India.

Conor McQuaid, chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers, said: “Jameson continues to thrive and is now in double- or triple-digit growth in more than 70 markets across the world.” “Consumers are appreciating the full Jameson family, particularly our super-premium range, as seen by the growth of Jameson Black Barrel, up 26pc.”

The group also benefitted from the performance of single pot whiskey, with Redbreast experiencing value growth of 20pc.
Since 2011 Irish Distillers has released over 10 new single pot still Irish whiskeys, adding that the feedback from whiskey drinkers has been “phenomenal.”

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Andrew

The Whiskey Experts

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Irish Whiskey News -January 31 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Walsh Whiskey and Illva Saronno parting ways and Irish alcohol exports worth €1.25 billion in 2018.

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

Irish Whiskey News -January 31 - 2018 - Writers Tears

Walsh Whiskey and Illva Saronno dissolve joint venture

Walsh Whiskey said the separation is the result of the firm’s Italian and Irish directors disagreeing “on how to develop the combined business into the future”, despite current sales, marketing and distilling targets “being fully met”. The dissolution of the joint venture will result in the separation of the existing drinks brands business, which includes the Writers’ Tears and The Irishman Irish whiskey brands, from the distilling operations at the Royal Oak Estate in County Carlow.

The Irish directors will now take full control of the brand’s arm and will retain the Walsh Whiskey name for the business. The firm also stressed that Writers’ Tears and The Irishman will have “uninterrupted availability”. The Italian firm will assume full ownership of the distillery based at the historic Royal Oak Estate, which will be renamed Royal Oak Distillery. Illva Saronno will aim to “further enhance” the site as a “centre of excellence in Irish whiskey” through the improvement of its technology and processes.

Irish Whiskey News -January 31 - 2018 - whiskey industry

Irish Alcohol Exports Worth €1.25bn in 2018

According to Bord Bia’s Export Performance & Prospects 2018-2019 report. The report found that Irish alcohol drinks exports were worth €1.25bn in 2018. The US remains the largest market for Irish beverage exports, followed by the UK, Canada, Germany and France.

Irish Whiskey – Consumption of Irish whiskey levels globally are expected to exceed 10m cases by the end of 2018 for the first time. Notably, in 2018 the US market for Irish whiskey grew by more than 10%.

Irish Cream Liqueur – Irish cream liqueur has also enjoyed a strong performance with growth of 9% in value, achieving sales of over 7.9m cases in 2018, up from 7.2m in 2017.

Beer – The value of beer exports fell marginally in 2018, but the volume increased by 9%. This was as a result of positive performance on the European continent and reflects a continuing trend from 2017.

Gin – Irish gin is emerging as a category for the international consumer, set to be worth more than €5m in exports in 2018.

Patricia Callan, Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), said: “Today’s report proves that Ireland’s drinks industry is an export powerhouse, going from strength to strength. “Looking forward, the outlook for 2019 remains positive, driven by the popularity of premium brands and the growth of Irish whiskey in key international markets like the US.”

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey News.

Andrew

The Whiskey Experts

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