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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 – Feb 13 – 2020

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Teeling Whiskey picking up 6 World Whiskey Awards and Jameson passed the 8 million case mark in 2019.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Feb 13 - 2020 - Teeling Whiskey

Teeling Whiskey nabs six early honors from World Whiskeys Awards

Teeling Whiskey has picked up six honors, including best Irish Single Malt and Best Irish Single Cask Single Malt, after the first round of judging for the 2020 World Whiskeys Awards. Teeling Whiskey said its 30-Year-Old Single Malt and 13-Year-Old Calvados Cask Single Malt will now be in the running for the title of 2020 World’s Best Single Malt, which Teeling was awarded in 2019. The winner will be announced on March 26 at the Whiskey Magazine Awards dinner in London.

The distillery said: “The Teeling 30-Year-Old release, which is limited to just 500 bottles, is amongst the oldest bottlings of Irish Single Malt released in recent years, making it one of the most exclusive Irish whiskeys in the world. Distilled in 1988 this whiskey was initially matured in ex-Bourbon casks for 25 years, before being given an additional 5 years maturation in ex-White Burgundy French oak casks. “The 30-Year-Old success is accompanied by World’s Best Honour for a Teeling Whiskey Single Cask Calvados Finished Single Malt bottling as well as honors for 4 other Teeling Whiskeys in various different categories highlighting the range and diversity of the world-class Irish whiskeys within the Teeling Whiskey portfolio.”

Irish Whiskey News - Feb 13 - 2020 - Jameson Whiskey 

Jameson whiskey sales passed record 8 million cases in 2019

Irish Distillers, which makes Jameson Whiskey, said it sold 4.6 million cases of the whiskey in the six months to the end of December, an increase of 9% on the same time the previous year. Irish Distillers also recorded the single largest sales month in history, selling a total of 940,000 cases in December 2019. During the six month period, Germany saw growth of 34%, while Russia reported 14% growth, with impressive growth also seen in Canada (up 13%), South Africa (up 12%) and the UK (up 10%).

The company said that key emerging markets for Jameson experienced 37% growth, buoyed by markets like Nigeria, which saw a jump in sales of 185%. Sales in China also soared by 76% and in India by 47%. Irish Distillers noted that global travel retail also continued to grow, partly due to the successful launch of Jameson Triple Triple in July 2019.

The company also saw strong growth across the rest of its whiskey portfolios in the first half of the year, with Redbreast sales up 24%, on the back of growth in the US, the UK and France. Conor McQuaid, chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers, said that the company sold one million cases of Jameson for the first time in 1996. “In 2010, we cracked three million and today we are celebrating the eight million case mark (for 2019),” he added.

 

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Andrew

The Whiskey Experts

 


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Irish Whiskey News – Feb 6 – 2020

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on St Patricks Distillery having to drop distillery wording from label and McConnells whiskey brand comes back to life after 244 years.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Feb 6 - 2020 - ST PATRICKS WHISKEY

Cork whiskey brand drops ‘distillery’ from label following complaints

A prominent Cork whiskey brand has dropped the word “distillery” from its label on foot of complaints that its use was deliberately misleading and damaging to the industry’s reputation abroad. St Patrick’s Distillery in Douglas, Co Cork, had been selling a number of whiskey and gin products internationally under the “St Patrick’s Distillery” label even though it buys in whiskey from other distilleries and has no operational distillery. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) is known to have received a number of complaints about the mislabelling of whiskey products here, including at least one against St Patrick’s Distillery Limited.

The company has now seemingly bowed to pressure and changed its label to simply “St Patrick’s”. General manager Cyril Walsh acknowledged the company had recently dropped the word “distillery” from its label but insisted it had never made a secret of the fact that it buys in “new-make” whiskey from elsewhere. “We don’t believe we were misleading anybody,” he said. “We’ve been open and honest about the fact that we buy in whiskey from a number of other Irish distillers and we’ve made that public knowledge in all our brochures and on the website,” Mr Walsh said. He said the name of the company was still St Patrick’s Distillery Limited and its website was still stpatricksdistillery.ie.

Last year the Food Safety Authority of Ireland published revamped guidelines on the labelling and marketing of Irish whiskey, which the IWA helped draft. They stipulate that all distilleries involved in the production of Irish whiskey must be verified by Revenue. They also state that any statements on labels that would appear to give the impression of distilling where distilling is not yet taking place is not permitted.

Irish Whiskey News - Feb 6 - 2020 - MC CONNELLS IRISH WHISKEY

McConnell’s Irish Whisky Returns To North America

McConnell’s Irish Whisky, it is said, once enjoyed great popularity in the U.S. from the late 1800’s right through the early part of the 20th century until Prohibition sent it into hard times. Noted as well for reportedly being the oldest whiskey brand ever to come from Ireland, having been founded in 1776 by two brothers, John & James McConnell, it is now making a comeback to the United States after over 90 years of dormancy. The McConnell’s brand, according to those behind it, went quiet after its Belfast-based distillery closed in 1958. It has been brought back by Conecuh Brands, who is working with Great Northern Distillery to recreate the whiskey while a new distillery is being built “in the historic, Crumlin Road Jail, in Belfast, Ireland. The Crumlin Rd. Jail is not far from the original distillery site on Cromac St. The ‘Crum’ is well known for housing political prisoners from the 1840’s to 1996, before being converted into an iconic tourist attraction. Once the building is complete, the new distillery will house production, aging, a visitors’ center and a retail area.”

“We’re resurrecting one of the greatest global brands of all time, McConnell’s Irish Whisky,” said Roy Danis, President & C.E.O. of Conecuh Brands, in a prepared statement. “The opportunity to recreate a brand with such rich and deep history has been incredibly rewarding. My entire team is so excited and humbled at the same time.” What will appear in bottle for the time being is a five year old blended Irish whiskey that was aged in American oak barrels. It packaging consists of “a bottle shape inspired by a simple pill capsule, which harkens back to the original label, featuring three references from Doctors, who recommended the whisky and used to prescribe it for medicinal purposes. The label is signature green with a handsome metal plaque that reads J.&J. McConnell’s, Est. Belfast 1776, Ireland.” As it stands now plans call for McConnell’s to be bottled at 42% ABV and to price around $33.

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Andrew

The Whiskey Experts

 


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Irish Whiskey News – Jan 30 – 2020

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Great Northern Distillery toasts large profits and Ireland might have a Peaky Blinders Distillery soon.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Jan 30 - 2020 - Teeling Profits

Great Northern Distillery toasts 36% rise in profits

Newly filed accounts for the company show that revenue hit €19.2m in the 12 months to the end of last April, compared with €13.6m the previous year. The distillery, which is located on the site of the former Harp brewery in Dundalk, Co Louth, operates stills that produce a range of whiskey spirits. It also operates a small-scale gin still. The Harp brewery site was closed and sold by Diageo in 2013. Speaking to the Irish Independent, Mr Teeling said that the growth in revenue was due to the coming on stream of three-year-old whiskey that had been matured by the firm.

“Revenue probably won’t increase by that much this year, maybe by about 10%,” he added. Great Northern Distillery sells its whiskey in bulk to other firms that own private-label brands. It is making the equivalent of about 700,000 bottles of whiskey a week, with 50% to 60% of it being sold immediately, said Mr Teeling. It employs more than 30 people at the Co Louth site. The accounts for Great Northern Distillery, which is owned by Mr Teeling, his sons and managers who were the founders and former management team at Cooley Distillery, show that the business had accumulated profits of €15.1m at the end of last April. Mr Teeling sold the Cooley Distillery in Co Louth in 2011 to US firm Beam for €71m.

Irish Whiskey News - Jan 30 - 2020 - Peaky Blinders Distillery

Halewood International plans to open an Irish whiskey distillery

A United Kingdom-based spirits company, Halewood International, plan to develop an Irish whiskey distillery to distill Peaky Blinder Irish whiskey. In 2017 when Halewood bought Sadler’s that they also registered the company name “Peaky Blinder”, as an official trademark in the beer and spirits category. The Brewery has now produced a range of Peaky Blinders spirits, which includes Irish whiskey, gin, rum. Previously its Irish whiskey was made by West Cork Distillers, based in Skibbereen, County Cork. Halewood did have a stake in West Cork Distillers but the Irish company bought out their stake for €18m.

Sadler’s Brewery has now closed and the company plans to transfer some of its equipment to a site it plans to acquire in Ireland. This equipment would then be used to produce Peaky Blinders Irish whiskey. Halewood said in a statement: “Due to the very successful growth of Sadler’s Peaky Blinder Irish whiskey, we plan to accelerate a project to distil our own Irish whiskey. As a result, we are considering a proposal to move production equipment currently sited at the Sadler’s brewery at Lye in the West Midlands, to a facility in the Republic of Ireland, where we would distill whiskey.

 

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Andrew

The Whiskey Experts

 


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