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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 6 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the Irish whiskey sectors grain supply and Kilbeggan release a special edition Tyrconnell Oloroso & Moscatel cask finish edition

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

Irish Whiskey News - June 6 - 2019 - Tyrconnell

Distillers deny the vast majority of grain used to make Irish whiskey is imported

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has disputed claims that the bulk of grain used in the industry is imported. The whiskey sector is a multi-billion-dollar industry that produces more than 370m litres of the spirit a year; this equates to a need for around 350,000 tons of grain. Grain industry sources claim that Irish farmers are contracted to supply less than a quarter of this grain. Much of the imported grain is maize from France.

The IWA stated: “The majority of malt and grain used by Irish distilleries is Irish.” When presented with grain import figures, another statement read: “The IWA do not accept these figures as being accurate. “We have no further comment to make right now and our previous statement still stands.” Meanwhile, the Irish Grain-growers Group (IGG) is calling for a new logo for food, drink, and animal feed producers that use only Irish cereals.

Irish Whiskey News - June 6 - 2019 - Irish Grain

Kilbeggan release a 16 Year Old Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish Single Malt

The Tyrconnell emerges victorious once again with the debut of its oldest and most unique cask-finished expression to date, The Tyrconnell 16-Year-Old Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish.  Available globally in six countries, it will be released to select U.S. markets in June with a suggested retail price of $100.00 (750ml). Only a limited quantity has been produced due to its age and unique finish. “We are thrilled to release The Tyrconnell 16 Year Old Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish, as the elegant expression demonstrates our commitment to innovation and quality,” said John Cashman, Global Ambassador for the Kilbeggan Distilling Company. “Building on the success of our award-winning 2017 and 2018 Tyrconnell limited releases, we continued to experiment with different aging techniques and we’re intrigued by these distinctively seasoned Spanish casks. The result is a completely unique – and delicious – unlike any other.”

The only Irish whiskey of its kind on the market, this expression was aged for 16 years in American White Oak ex-bourbon barrels before an additional maturation in wine casks from the Andalucia region of Southern Spain, which were initially seasoned with Oloroso sherry before a second seasoning with Moscatel wine. The result has a distinctive sweetness and roundness – honeysuckle, champagne, and jasmine notes, with a nutty and caramelized taste that precedes a warm and dry finish with hints of grapefruit.

 

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Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – May 30 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the first new cooper hired by Irish Distillers in 40 years and Redbreast Dream Cask sells out in 14 minutes

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

Irish Whiskey News - May 30 - 2019 - Irish Distilleres New Cooper

Irish Distillers Appoints First New Cooper In 40 Years

Irish Distillers has announced the appointment of Killian O’Mahony as Cooper of its Midleton distillery, following the successful completion of his apprenticeship under Master Cooper, Ger Buckley. O’Mahony is the first newly qualified Cooper at Midleton distillery in 40 years. “I come from a long line of craftsmen going back generations, so working with my hands is in my blood,” O’Mahony said, “It has been a privilege to learn the craft of coopering around the world.”

As part of his new role, Killian will be responsible for the repair and maintenance of over 1.5 million casks on site in Midleton, as well as managing various coopering and cask related projects in the distillery. Kevin O’Gorman, Head of Maturation at Irish Distillers, agreed that: “Wood is one of the most important factors to affect the taste of Irish whiskey, so the techniques involved in cooperage … are essential to the production process.”

 

Irish Whiskey News - May 30 - 2019 - Redbreast Dream Cask

Redbreast Dream Cask snapped up in 14 minutes

The limited edition 20-year-old Irish whiskey was released at 3pm BST on 27 May, priced at €380 (US$424). It was launched to mark this year’s World Whisky Day on 18 May. Available exclusively to members of Redbreast’s online Birdhouse club, fans snapped up the entire collection at a rate of 65 bottles per minute. Billy Leighton, master blender at Irish Distillers, said: “In addition to selling out in record time, Redbreast Dream Cask Pedro Ximénez Edition has been bought by people from many parts of the globe. “From Ireland to Taiwan and many places in between, we’re delighted that so many Birdhouse members will soon be able to share and enjoy this exceptional creation.”

Leighton created the whiskey in partnership with blender Dave McCabe. It comprises four whiskeys aged for between 20 and 33 years. The whiskey – bottled at 52.2% abv – includes one component that was distilled in 1988 and matured in an ex-Bourbon barrel, before being transferred into a Pedro Ximénez Sherry butt in 2012; a whiskey distilled in 1995 that was first aged in an ex-Bourbon cask and then matured further in an Oloroso Sherry butt in 2012; a whiskey from 1985 that was matured in a second-fill ex-Bourbon barrel; and a 1997 vintage that was aged in a second-fill ex-Bourbon barrel.

 

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Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – May 23 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey news features articles on Belfast Distillery plans resubmitted and Powers whiskeys new pre-made cocktail option is released.

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

Irish Whiskey News - May 23 - 2019 - Crumlin Gaol

Fresh plans submitted for long-awaited Crumlin Road Gaol whiskey distillery

PLANS for a multi-million-pound whiskey distillery and tourist attraction at the iconic Crumlin Road Gaol site are back on the table. The north Belfast development, first mooted almost a decade ago and spearheaded by lottery winner, Peter Laverty, is a step closer to reality after a fresh planning application was lodged last month.

The application from Belfast Distillery Company is for demolitions and alterations, both internal and external, to the vacant A-Wing at the prison to facilitate plant equipment and associated works relating to a whiskey distillery and visitor attraction. Belfast-based Like Architects is behind the latest design. It can be revealed, however, that Mr. Laverty, who first announced the plans back in 2012, will not be part of the new development.

Four American businessmen; James Ammeen, Joseph Babeic, William Bocra, and Mark Fuller are now listed as directors of Belfast Distillery Company, with Mr. Laverty stepping away from the company in July last year.

Irish Whiskey News - May 23 - 2019 - powers whiskey

Powers move into bottled cocktail market

Irish whiskey brand Powers is aiming to tap into the growth of the RTD category with the launch of its first pre-mixed cocktail – a take on the Old Fashioned. Powers Old Fashioned is made using Powers Gold Label, sugar syrup, and bitters herb flavouring. It is also said to be low in sugar, with 6g per serving.

Bottled at 38% abv, the new product will initially launch in Ireland at the end of May. It will be available in 500ml bottles through key retailers in the on-trade and off-trade, including SuperValu, Tesco Ireland and Dunnes Stores at an RRP of €29.99 (US$33.50). The release will aim to tap into the “growing appetite” for whisk(e)y-based cocktails and recruit cocktail drinkers to the Irish whiskey category.  Powers Old Fashioned also features a new bottle design that “balances modern cues with the rich heritage of Powers”, dating back to 1791. It features a new label styled on the historic ‘P’ signifier, which became one of the first trademarks in Ireland after it was registered by Powers in 1877.

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Andrew

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