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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – September 11 – 2018

This week our Irish whiskey weekly news features articles on an Teeling selling their first bottle of single pot still for over €10,000, Slane Distillery fills its first barrel and Jameson release a new addition to their range with added coffee.

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


Teeling’s first pot still sells for over €10,000

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - September 11 - 2018 - Teeling

With the ending of the Teeling Single Pot Still auction on September, Teeling has had another first in the industry. They have produced the first pot still liquid in Dublin in over 45 years. Their very first bottle sold for over €10,000 on the Whisky Auctioneer site yesterday.

The arrival of Teeling Single Pot Still, the first Dublin distillate from the Teeling Distillery, is a landmark occasion for Ireland’s industry and in particular for Dublin. Dublin and its distilleries were at the forefront of the previous golden era for Irish whiskey in the 19th century and it was a very dark day when during the 1970s these last remaining distilleries closed their doors. The opening of the Teeling Distillery in 2015 marked a new chapter in the history of Dublin distilling, firmly putting Dublin and Teeling at the forefront of a new wave of distilleries, that are driving a new golden era.


Slane Distillery fills first barrel

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - September 11 - 2018 - Slane Whiskey

Filling the first barrel with new make spirit is one of the most important milestones of a new distillery. The Irish Slane Distillery, County Meath, now celebrated this event and proudly prepared the first barrels for their maturation time.

Construction of Slane Distillery started in autumn 2015. The American company Brown-Forman invested $50 million on this project which is their first construction of a new distillery outside the US. Brown-Forman entered into a partnership with the Conyngham Family who owns the Slane Castle estate, situated in the heart of the Boyne Valley, 30 miles north of Dublin, since 1703. The distillery has been placed into the historic steadings of the castle.

The new spirit for the first barrels of Slane Distillery was produced from barley that was grown here on the Slane Castle Estate, cultivated by the Conyngham Family. According to the newest press release the annual production is planned to be 600.000 cases (5.4 mio litres of alcohol). In addition to three pot stills there is also a column still in use: Slane Distillery will produce malt as well as grain and pot still whiskey.

Jameson Cold Brew combines whiskey and coffee

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - September 11 - 2018 - Jameson Cold Brew Whiskey

Jameson Cold Brew combines triple-distilled Jameson Irish whisky with cold brew coffee extract, which is made from 100% Fairtrade Arabica beans from Colombia and Brazil. Created in response to growing demand for coffee-driven cocktails such as the Espresso Martini, the expression is said to have a “bold coffee taste balanced with charred wood on the palate and a warming mouthfeel on the finish”.

Bottled at 35% abv, Jameson Cold Brew will be available to purchase in limited quantities from the Jameson Distillery Bow St, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Dublin Airport from September at an RRP of €28.50 (US$33). Brendan Buckley, strategy, innovation and prestige director at Irish Distillers, said: “Over the past 10 years, we have seen the continued rise in popularity of both Irish whisky and craft coffee culture, and while the two are no strangers in the glass we wanted to modernise this iconic duo.

“Jameson Cold Brew combines the best of both worlds in a new and refreshing way and we are confident that Irish whisky and coffee fans alike will enjoy the taste experience it offers.”


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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – September 4 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on Teelings New Pot Still Whiskey being auctioned, Public Health bill is causing concern and Wild Geese Founder Andre Levy is fighting Pernod Ricard again. 

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



Irish Whiskey Weekly News - September 4 - 2018 - TEELING

Teeling Single Pot Still could make €10,000 in an online auction

The Teeling Celebratory Single Pot Still, the first whisky to run from a Dublin still and into a bottle in nearly five decades, has had a journey worthy of its name. The recipe is a combination of 50% malted, and 50% un-malted barley, a uniquely Irish mash bill made famous by the Dublin distillers who’s footsteps the Teeling Distillery now lovingly follow in. It was distilled in 2015 and aged fully for three years in a high-quality ex-Muscat barrel.

Now, the dream has been realised, and Whisky Auctioneer is delighted to bring to market the first Dublin distillate for close to half a century, the Teeling Celebratory Single Pot Still. Teeling has been far from quiet in the intervening period since their 2012 inception. The company is already leading the next generation of producers and has won over 175 international awards for the quality of the whiskey it has bottled, which is now exported to over 60 different markets. This auction represents a revival for Dublin in more ways than one, with all of the Teeling Distillery’s profits from the sale of these bottles being donated to local charitable causes in its surrounding Liberties area.


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - September 4 - 2018 - PUBLIC HEALTH BILL

Whiskey-makers critical of ‘ludicrous’ ad limits

Whiskey manufacturers have claimed new restrictions on alcohol advertising will severely impact the tourism offering of distillery visitor centres. According to the IWA there are 13 whiskey distillery visitor centres across the country, with plans for an additional 13 centres to open in the coming years. Last year, there were 814,000 visitors to the centres, an 11% increase on the previous year.

The association wants “last minute” changes to the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill as the legislation, currently proposed would see free-standing directional or way-marking signage containing the name of a distillery or alcohol brand banned from display at any bus or Luas stop, or within 200m of any boundary of a school or early-years’ facility.


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - September 4 - 2018 - ANDRE LEVY

Wild Geese – André Levy believes that the Irish whiskey category needs to be diversified

Earlier today, 29 August, Pernod announced that Irish Distillers’ Jameson has risen 14% in terms of sales over the past year, and according to Levy this is ‘deteriorating’ the number of independent producers of Irish whiskey.“While the continued growth in the sector and rising global demand is to be welcomed, the fact remains that there continue to be serious questions surrounding the market structure of the sector that urgently needs to be answered,” said Levy.

“Focus should be drawn to the fact that Irish Distillers, whose primary whiskey product is Jameson, has recently repatriated over €2.8bn of its capital to its French parent, Pernod Ricard. This staggering sum clearly demonstrates the dominance of this single market player within the sector and reinforces the call for opening the market to allow for increased competition. It is clear that this market is booming to the advantage of a small number of market players, and one in particular, and to the detriment of independent players. There needs to be much greater transparency surrounding Pernod Ricard and its dominance of the category.”



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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – August 28- 2018

This week we feature articles on Conor McGregor opening his new distillery, worlds most expensive Japanese whiskey is sold at auction and Irelands single pot still sales are rising.

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


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - McGregor

Conor McGregor looking to become top dog in the distilling business

The Notorious revealed that he is now running the “finest” whisky distillery in Ireland while acknowledging that Jameson is the current top dog, he vowed that his own brand will be coming to take over. In yet another hint of his ambitions outside combat sports, McGregor is not only driven to succeed for money but in memory of his late grandfather – who was an “avid” Irish whiskey man according to the 30-year-old.

“It is in my opinion, the finest distillery we have on this great island. We have the purest soil, with the freshest Irish spring water, and our golden Irish grain and malt are so golden, sunglasses are required to look directly at them. 77 acres of un-matched Irish soil. We are producing nothing but liquid gold here. Proper liquid gold.”


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Japanese Whiskey

Worlds most expensive Japanese whisky sold for $343,300

A bottle of rare Japanese whisky sold at a world-record price on Friday, the third record shattered this year for a single malt from the country. The 50-year-old Yamazaki first edition went for 2.695 million Hong Kong dollars ($343,000), including the buyer’s premium, at a Bonhams auction in Hong Kong. The buyer chose to remain anonymous, Bonhams said, but the auction house disclosed that the winner — who placed the bid by phone — was from Asia.

The previous record for a bottle of Japanese whisky was set in May when an expression of Karuizawa 1960 52-year-old The Dragon fetched HK$2.45 million at Bonhams in Hong Kong. In January, a Yamazaki single malt aged 50 years sold for HK$2.337 million at a Sotheby’s auction, also in Hong Kong.


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Single Pot Still

Single Pot Still increases share of Global sales

A unique Irish whiskey style is known as single pot still is now accounting for a growing share of the Irish category. While single malts are made with 100% malted barley and single grains are primarily corn-and barley-based, single pot still whiskies are made with a mixed mash of malted and unmalted barley. This lends a spicier, more peppery finish to the taste.

Last year, Irish Distillers invested $11 million in its Midleton Distillery in County Cork, Ireland, aiming to grow the facility’s single pot still capacity by more than 30%. Three new copper pot stills were installed at the distillery and became operational last June. At Walsh Distillery in Carlow, Ireland, commercial director John Kelly sees great opportunity for the single pot still style. “Single pot still is a fantastic opportunity for the industry to put itself out there as a category, and differentiate it from, say, Scotch whisky,” he says.


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