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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 – June 27 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Jameson reaching No.3 in world sales and the first whiskey cask auction gets ready to go live.

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

Irish Whiskey News - June 27 - 2019 - Jameson Whiskey

Worlds top 10 best-selling world whiskey brands

As Irish whiskey maintains its rising popularity, Japanese whisky and American whiskey strain to keep up with demand. Regardless, the world category is in a healthy place. According to this year’s Brand Champions supplement, there was strong growth across the world whisk(e)y category – with nine out of the top 10 brands in our list posting solid growth in 2018.

With new entries in the top 10 looking to disrupt the field, we uncovered the 10 best-selling world brands. After claiming the title of Brand Champion in 2018, Pernod Ricard-owned Jameson continued its growth trajectory to reach sales of 7.5m nine-litre cases in 2018. In the last 12-months, Jameson has unveiled a refreshed bottle design, the second iteration of its Dublin-aged 18-year-old, a new campaign with record producer Anderso.Paak and carried out a St Patrick’s Day expedition – it’s no wonder that the brand was cited with boosting Pernod Ricard’s latest nine-month sales.

2018: 7.5m
2017: 6.9m

% change: +9.3%
Place last year: 4

Irish Whiskey News - June 27 - 2019 - Whiskey Cask Auction

The First-Ever Online Whisky Cask Auction Is About to Take Place

On June 26th rare whisky and cask reseller Cask 88 will launch the first-ever online whisky cask auction, with a score of coveted casks available for purchase. The platform is designed to let your fingers do the walking and bid on barrels from a throng of masterful distillers. The first auction takes the theme of ‘Maritime Malts’—among the barrels on offer are the Laphroaig 23-Year-Old, the Kilchoman 12-Year-Old, as well as a first fill sherry cask from Orkney and a first fill six-year-old bourbon cask from Aultmore.

The online auction marks an important step for the spirits industry. Until now, procuring a cask has been a little cumbersome. Occasionally, distilleries may offer their tipple by the cask, or a barrel might roll onto the auction block—but it’s all been rather old fashioned (unfortunately, not the cocktail variety). “Online cask auctions are a natural next step for Cask 88. We have been in the whisky cask market for many years and have seen demand for cask whisky grow enormously during that time,” the director of Cask 88 Patrick Costello said in a press release.

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey News.

Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – June 20 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the opening of Achill Island Distillery and whether oats will make a comeback in Irish whiskey mash bills.

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

Irish Whiskey News - June 20 - 2019 - Achill Distillery

Ireland’s only island-based distillery opens in Achill

The first island-based distillery in Ireland has been developed by Irish American Trading Company, who invested over €4 million in the project with the support of Údarás na Gaeltachta. The company estimates it will provide up to 25 jobs, across the distillery and visitor centre, when it is fully operational and at capacity in the coming years.uring the heyday in the mid-1800s, nearly 90 licensed distilleries dotted Ireland’s countryside, according to the trade group Irish Whiskey Association (IWA). Most were independent operations. But those numbers whittled steadily over time, thanks to a range of political, social and economic factors.

Irish American currently produces two brands of whiskey: it’s Irish American Classic Blend and it’s Irish American Ten-Year-Old Single Malt. At present, Irish American sources its whiskeys from existing distilleries in Ireland and blended into their own brand, but the whiskey will be distilled from scratch in their Achill distillery, with production due to start at the end of July.
CEO of Irish American John McKay told The Mayo News that he was delighted to locate their first distillery in Achill and wanted it to be a landmark on the island for many years.


“The long-term plan is that the distillery will be a landmark for future generations of people living and visiting Achill. We hope to produce more whiskeys and Achill will be included in the brand. When the distillery is at full capacity further down the road we hope to increase the number of staff to 25 people,” he said.

Irish Whiskey News - June 20 - 2019 - Oats and Irish Whiskey

How oats are making a world whisky comeback

The humble oat was once a common component in the production of Irish whiskey, but a series of legislative and economic events caused it to gradually fade from use. As interest in the grain returns, whisky makers – including those from Scotland – are exploring the unique flavours oats can bring to whisky. Dave Broom investigates.

In other words, whisky made from oats have been around for a long time. There are occasional references to the grain being used in mash bills in Scotland from the end of the 18th century, right up to the 1908 Royal Commission. It played a far more significant role in the evolution of Irish whiskey, however.

In his history, Irish Whiskey, EB McGuire writes: ‘Before a duty was imposed on malt in 1785, distillers malted both barley and oats, but when the duty was levied it was assessed on volume and as oats swell much more than barley when steeped, malting oats became prohibitive.’ Not that they stopped being used. Illicit distillers used them because McGuire attests, the grain ‘produced a better-flavoured whiskey’.

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Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – June 13 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Jameson Experiences reaching over half a million visitors this year and Dublin’s latest distillery – Roe & Co opens in ten days time.

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

Irish Whiskey News - June 13 - 2019 - Jameson

Jameson Distilleries Welcome Over Half A Million Visitors In Past Year

Jameson Distillery Bow St. and Jameson Distillery Midleton has attracted over 500,000 visitors from all over the world, in the last year. Jameson Distillery Midleton hosts five tours to ‘help visitors understand Jameson’s history and production’. Jameson Distillery Bow St. also hosts five tours, including tours in which the visitors can blend their own whiskey. The Jameson Distillery Bow St. won Europe’s Leading Distillery Tour for the second time at the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony on 8 June 2019.

“For over three decades our Jameson visitor experiences – Bow St. in Dublin and Midleton, Co. Cork – has been at the forefront of the domestic tour and travel industry,” said Greg Hughes, managing director, Jameson Brand Homes. “In fact, the combined visitor experiences welcomed 500,000 guests in the past 12 months, showing the continued strength of one-of-a-kind whiskey experiences in Ireland.”

The majority of Jameson Brand Homes’ visitors are from the United States and over half of the visitors are from North America. The tours also attract people from elsewhere in Europe, such as Germany and France. According to a statement, the Irish Whiskey Tourism Strategy predicts 1.9 million people will visit Irish distilleries in 2025 — an increase from the 923,000 people who visited 13 distilleries across Ireland in 2018.

 

Irish Whiskey News - June 13 - 2019 - Roe&Co

Dublin’s latest whiskey distillery – Roe & Co

The newest addition to Ireland’s renaissance in Irish whiskey is set to open its doors to the public on June 21. IrishCentral was lucky enough to get the first look at the exquisitely designed distillery ready to welcome guests to a 75-minute tour – including tastings, blending, cocktail mixology and of course history of Usice Beatha (water of life). Located in the heart of Dublin’s whiskey district, visitors will be treated to one of the most immersive experiences in whiskey distilling. The 75-minute tour will allow guests to observe the operational distillery, hear the hum of production, and witness the copper pot stills from an impressive elevated glass walkway.

The distillery building has been regenerated with modern urban décor and an industrial feel. This is reflected throughout all design elements, from staff uniforms to a specially commissioned tiki print featured on barware. The contemporary tiki illustration reflects key elements of the Roe & Co story, from St. Patrick’s Tower and the pear tree which has stood in the grounds of the former George Roe Distillery since the 17th century, to the iconic chimneys of Dublin’s skyline. At the start of this decade, there were four working Irish whiskey distilleries, now with the opening of the Roe & Co Distillery, there will be 27. The distillery will distil 4,000 litres of whiskey in every run, with an annual maximum capacity of approximately 500,000 litres of alcohol.

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey News.

Andrew Rooney

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