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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.

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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 – April 18 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Jameson’s rise in sales throughout 2019 and Bushmills blends Black Bush with specialist Irish tea from Suki Tea.

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

 

Irish Whiskey News - April 18 - 2019 - Jameson Whiskey

Pernod Ricard sales boosted by Jameson

Pernod Ricard’s 2018/19 nine-month sales climbed 6.3% to €7.18 billion (US$8.07bn) driven by Martell Cognac and Jameson. Year-to-date sales were also boosted by double-digit growth in emerging markets, which grew 15%. Asia and the rest of the world region grew sales by 12% bolstered by “dynamic growth” in China and India. The Americas saw sales increase by 3% with a “good performance” in the US as the company started optimising wholesaler inventory in the market. Europe witnessed a 1% sales growth with “very good” sales in Eastern Europe but “contrasted performance” in Western Europe.

During the first nine months of its 2018 fiscal year, Pernod Ricard’s strategic international brands posted an 8% increase collectively, driven by Martell, Jameson, Scotch, Beefeater gin, Perrier-Jouët Champagne, and “strong price/mix”. The French firm’s speciality brands witnessed “continued strong development”, reporting a 14% increase. The growth was attributed to Lillet apéritif, Monkey 47 gin, “higher-style” Irish whiskey and Altos Tequila. The nine-month results were released just a day after Pernod Ricard announced it had signed a deal to acquire Italian super-premium gin Malfy – the sixth gin to join the firm’s stable.

 

Irish Whiskey News - April 18 - 2019 - Black Bush Whiskey

Whiskey and Tea blending masterclass to hit Dublin

One of Ireland’s most loved whiskey brands has announced that one of their most popular campaigns for 2018 will return this year. Bushmills #BlackBushStories campaign will make a return this year, announcing a collaboration with specialist tea makers, Suki Tea. The collaboration will see co-founder of the Irish tea company, Oscar Woolley, join Bushmills to host a series of whiskey and tea blending masterclass events. ‘Black Bush Blended’ will take place at Drury Buildings in Dublin on 30th April and 1st May, offering an opportunity to learn about the synergy between the arts of blending Black Bush and tea.

Guests will take part in an educational tasting session on some of Bushmills’ premium brands, before hearing Oscar’s story on how he turned a love of tea into a career. Attendees will then enjoy a tea tasting session and finish the night creating their own personalised tea blends. Specially created Black Bush drinks, including a tea-based cocktail, will also be served throughout the event.

 

 

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Irish Whiskey News – April 11 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on a new home bar that can make Irish whiskey and Bushmills Distillery are planning new distillery facilities.

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

Irish Whiskey News - April 11 - 2019 - smart spirits

This new home bar lets you make ‘Irish whiskey’ in your kitchen

The dispenser, which is being rolled out in the UK, USA and EU throughout 2019, makes over 30 different drinks across all major spirits categories with its unique ‘Taste Of’ capsules. The capsules come in a range of flavours that mimic the taste of alcoholic drinks, including “Tennessee Bourbon”, “Black Sambuca” and “Irish Whiskey”. These capsules are meant to be inserted into the device, much like a coffee machine, before being mixed with a neutral grain spirit also sold by the tech company, or water, or a mix of the two, allowing consumers to control the ABV of their end product.

According to Smart Spirits’ website, almost all spirits have the same basic recipe: “alcohol, water and flavour. There is any number of new brands vying to achieve ‘premium’ status, even when they lack the necessary gravitas and kudos, so the confused consumer often selects the most advertised brands by default.” A great deal of time, labour and, more importantly, resources go into developing aged spirits such as whisky and rum, leading many spirits companies to launch sustainability initiatives to counteract the effects of their beverage products on the environment.

Irish Whiskey News - April 11 - 2019 - bushmills

Further development at Bushmills Distillery due for planning sign off

Expansion at the award-winning Bushmills Distillery is expected to receive planning approval next week. The proposals for a new distillery facility, which includes a boiler house, cooling equipment and barrel store, is recommended to receive planning permission at the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s planning committee meeting on April 17.

The application site consists of an area of flat vacant land behind the existing main distillery and is not open to the public. The new building, which is to be split up into multiple elements, is set to be 16m at its highest point. In the council planning report, published ahead of next week’s meeting, the proposed development is considered “appropriate use of the land and is acceptable in terms of its layout and appearance”. Both applications are recommended for planning approval. The latest plans come less than a year after Bushmills was granted planning permission for 29 new maturation warehouses at the Distillery Road site.

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Irish Whiskey News – April 4 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Irish whiskey gaining GI status from the European Commission and Sliabh Liag Distillery submits a plan for a €6 million distillery in Co. Donegal.

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

Irish Whiskey News - April 4 - 2019 - Irish Whiskey GI Status

Irish whiskey gains GI status from the European Commission

The industry worked with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to submit the Irish whiskey technical file in 2014. The file detailed the different types of Irish whiskey, including malt, pot still, grain and blended, as well as their individual production techniques.

Carleen Madigan, a legal advisor to the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA), said: “This is a momentous achievement for the industry and ensures that the traditions and high standards of the category will be protected in the EU and globally in markets with which the EU has a trade agreement. “As sales continue to boom globally, we have seen a trebling in the complaints to the association regarding fake products. “The geographic indication provides the strongest possible protection against these infringements and gives us the basis for enforcement action against misleading products.”

Irish Whiskey News - April 4 - 2019 - Sliabh LiagSliabh Liag submits plans for a €6m distillery in Co. Donegal

Sliabh Liag, submitted the application to Donegal County Council today. Subject to approval, the construction of the distillery in Ardara is expected to start later this year, with distilling operations beginning in 2020. Led by company directors James and Moria Doherty and James Keith, the site will employ at least 40 people. It will have the production capacity of 400,000 litres annually – the equivalent of around 1,700 filled casks and more than 1.2 million bottles.

Plans for the new visitor centre include a poitín museum, exhibition space, tasting bar and shop. The site will be designed by Corner Stone Architecture to “complement the village and its natural surroundings”. James Doherty, managing director of Sliabh Liag Distillers, said: “The design of the development is a mix of contemporary and traditional finishes which complement the village of Ardara.

 

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Andrew

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