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.
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.
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.
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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