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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 Weekly News – July 24 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on Great Northern Distilleries bid to build a maturation facility for Ireland, an Irish whiskey mirror worth thousands and a Scotch whisky worth tens of thousands.

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

 

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Great Northern Distillery launches an appeal in warehouse bid

John Teeling is not giving up hope of developing a whiskey warehouse facility in Kilcurry, with an appeal relating to his previous bid currently lodged with An Bord Pleanala. In a specially convened meeting of Louth County Council held in early June, councillors voted to deny a material contravention of the County Development Plan, denying Great Northern Distillery in their application to build a 111-acre whiskey maturation facility in Kilcurry.

18 councillors were present at the meeting and all voted against the proposal. Great Northern Distillery’s Teeling, the man behind the proposed development, required 22 of 29 sitting Louth County councillors to back the plan for it to proceed. Now, despite an understanding that the plans were dead in the water, it has emerged that the company had lodged an appeal to An Bord Pleanala, arguing against the local authority’s decision. ‘The applicant is disappointed with the decison of Louth County Council to refuse permission for this development,’ the appeal stated.

 

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A pure drop of Irish history in this pub memorabilia

Year on year, as vintage whiskeys continue to break auction records around the world, the “pure drop” of the past gets pricier – and more elusive. On the face of it, the quiet roads around the village of Cloverhill in Co Cavan are a long way from this kind of international razzmatazz. But there’s a distinct buzz at Victor Mee’s auction rooms this week, and it’s not the bees in the hedgerows. The catalogue for Tuesday’s sale of Irish pub memorabilia contains items to whet the appetite of the most astute global collector.

The star of the show is expected to be an advertising mirror featuring Mitchell’s Cruiskeen Lawn Old Irish Whiskey. Lot 465 in the sale, it has a hand-painted central panel showing a number of gentlemen who are imbibing the product with obvious relish and carries a pre-sale estimate of €4,000 to €6,000 – making it something of a Holy Grail of pub mirrors.  Why is it so special? “Well,” says Victor Mee’s son Bryan Mee, “Mitchell’s had loads of different brands, but Cruiskeen Lawn hardly did any advertising. They had stoneware jars – you see a lot of those – and a showcard, which turns up occasionally. But the mirrors are extremely rare. And this one is in great condition.”

 

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Rare whiskey expected to sell for over £25,000+

In a statement posted on the bar’s social media pages, The Dead Rabbit said: “This morning a fire was reported on our block. We’re still getting details, but The Dead Rabbit received considerable fire and water damage and as a result, will be closed until further notice. Fortunately, no one has been hurt. “Thank you for your support and understanding at this very difficult time. We’ll let you know more here as soon as we find out.”

The Dead Rabbit was founded in 2012 by Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon, and was crowned World’s Best Bar in the 2015 Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail. In January this year, The Dead Rabbit announced plans to expand the bar to almost twice its current size after signing a 17-year lease with the building next door.

 

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey Weekly News.

 

 

Andrew

The Whiskey Experts

 

 

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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – Mar 19 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on 10 Reasons to Visit Dublin (That Have Nothing to Do With St. Patrick’s Day), 8 world class bartenders give their view on Irish whiskey and Mark Reynier of Waterford Distillery talks to James Robertson about Biodynamics in whiskey.

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

 

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10 Reasons to Visit Dublin (That Have Nothing to Do With St. Patrick’s Day)

In Ireland, you can’t get more than a few blocks down a street without passing in front of a bar or pub. If this were the 19th century and you were walking through the Liberties section of Dublin, you’d be hard-pressed to find a building that wasn’t a bar, pub, or distillery, since this was the epicentre of Irish whiskey-making for decades prior to its collapse in the early 20th century.

But, with distilling making a return to Dublin in the form of Teeling Distillery (which offer extremely informative tours that are topped off with an excellent tasting) — the first new distillery in the city in 150 years — Irish whiskey is once again heading to the fore of the brown liquor world. When in Dublin, check out Dublin Whiskey Tours for a short, powerhouse pub crawl from one ideal whiskey purveyor to another with a little bit of fun history thrown in.

 

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8 Decorated Barkeeps on their favourite Irish Whiskey

Tomorrow, let’s be adults. Put down the green beer. Irish Car Bombs … really think about the name there, fella.

And don’t call it “St. Patty’s Day” (Patty is short for Patricia; Paddy is Patrick). Instead, get to know Irish whiskey — properly.

Once the most popular spirit in the world, Irish whiskey is making a serious comeback … and deserves more love than the occasional shot of Jameson.Herein, bartenders from the best whiskey bars in the world give us their picks for the best Irish whiskey labels, along with a few simple cocktail recipes you can make at home.

 

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Swapping Islay Distillery for Irish Whiskey

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Mark Reynier, currently the CEO of the Waterford Distillery in Ireland. Most of us recall him as the previous owner of Bruichladdich on Islay and how he and his team made that Distillery a household name within whisky circles.

Mark bought the old Waterford Brewery from Diageo back in 2014, it was where Guinness was made and so the buildings were easily converted into a single malt distillery. Distillation started in January 2016 and already over a million litres of spirit are now maturing in French and American oak casks.

 

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey Weekly News.

 

 

Andrew

The Whiskey Experts

 

 

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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – Mar 12 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on Teelings new barrel choices, The sad passing of Pearse Lyons and a chat with Louise McGuane of Chapel Gate Whiskey Company.

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

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Mar 12 - 2018 - Teeling Whiskey

Teeling Irish whiskey aims to challenge norms with barrel flavours

How do you craft something that’s recognizable yet wholly unique?

That was the question Alex Chasko, along with Jack and Stephen Teeling, asked themselves when they set about opening the first new distillery in Dublin in more than 125 years. They knew they wanted Teeling Whiskey to “challenge the norms of what it means to make an Irish whiskey,” Chasko said. But what, really, did that mean?

The possibilities were vast. After all, the only limitations they faced were legal; the Irish Whiskey Act of 1980 mapped out the basic requirements for the spirit. The law is straightforward: An Irish whiskey must be made from a mash of malted barley (it may include other unmalted cereal grains); it must be mashed, fermented, distilled to no more than 94.8 percent alcohol by volume; it must be matured in wooden casks for at least three years in Ireland and/or Northern Ireland; it can’t contain additives (other than water and caramel colouring); and it must be bottled at no less than 40 percent alcohol by volume.

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Mar 12 - 2018 - Pearse Lyons

Pearse Lyons, the Irish-born Kentucky billionaire who founded Alltech, dies

Pearse Lyons, the Irish-born Kentucky billionaire who founded the international agribusiness and beverage giant Alltech and was the key figure in bringing the World Equestrian Games to Lexington in 2010, has died at age 73. Lyons died Thursday morning followed months of hospitalisation from complications following heart surgery Nov. 1, Alltech spokeswoman Susanna Elliott said.

 A hard-charging businessman with boundless energy and an outgoing personality, Lyons also was a major philanthropist, focusing on education. Among many other contributions, he and his family have given science labs to schools, scholarships to science graduate students and more than $1 million to help the University of Kentucky’s Opera Theatre program attract and educate top students.

“Pearse was a builder,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “A builder of ideas and projects and people. A man of imagination, vigour, and enthusiasm. He was one of those rare, larger than life figures who had an influence far beyond our borders.”

 

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A drink with… Louise McGuane, Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Company

How did you start out in the industry?

I’ve been working for 20 years with a range of multinational drinks companies; I worked with Moët Hennessy, Pernod Ricard and Diageo in everything from strategic marketing to commercialisation.But I always worked abroad; I was based in New York and Singapore. I was always away, I never worked a day of my life in Ireland.

Where did the idea for the Chapel Gate Whiskey Company come from?

I had just got married and my husband was based in London, while I was living in Singapore. I had figured that if I grounded myself in one place then a lot of opportunities with these multinationals would begin to close off. I looked around and decided it was time to do something on my own, so in 2012 I looked back to Ireland. Irish whiskey was on the way up as a category, and we were starting to see some movement on the craft side, with independent distilleries popping up. Originally my idea was to create a craft grain-­to-­glass distillery on my family farm. But while I was researching I discovered this label that said ‘J.J. Corry special malt whiskey bonder in Kilrush’, which is where I’m from. I looked at the term ‘bonder’ and I discovered that Irish whiskey bonding was a huge part of the industry up until the 1930s, when it all but died out.

 

Thanks for reading this weeks Irish Whiskey Weekly News

 

Andrew

The Whiskey Experts

 

 

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