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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 – March 7 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the Irish Whiskey Association heading to the USA to promote Irish whiskey and Billy Leighton of Irish Distillers waxes lyrical about his whiskey blending past.

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

Irish Whiskey News - March 7 - 2019 - Irish Whiskey

Whiskey Producers Visit New York Ahead Of St. Patricks Day

Members of the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) have announced its plans to travel to the US and Canada this week as part of an industry mission to promote Irish whiskey in the lead up to St.Patrick’s Day.

The mission seeks to enhance the protection of Irish whiskey, develop business opportunities for Irish distillers, and promote Irish whiskey among key North American drinks industry groups and international media, the group that represents the industry outlined in a statement. “Irish whiskey’s global renaissance shows no sign of abating,” said William Lavelle, head of the IWA.

“This is very much down to the exceptional craftsmanship and product innovation of Ireland’s whiskey producers, both large and small, as well as the hard work being put in on the ground, particularly by our network of brand ambassadors in the North American market.”

Irish Whiskey News - March 7 - 2018 - Billy Leighton

In conversation with Billy Leighton

Master blender Billy Leighton’s long list of responsibilities is testament to the current boom in Irish whiskey: Jameson, Redbreast, Green Spot, Midleton, Method & Madness… While welcoming Ireland’s whiskey-making renaissance, he also remains mindful of its chequered past. Just for a moment, Billy Leighton has been transported back more than four decades to his early years in the industry, working as a junior accountant at Bushmills. Whiskey had never been a big thing in the family home – ‘maybe a special occasion, or a hot whiskey if you’d a cold’ – but something about his new workplace was puzzling him.

‘There were a lot of smells coming from the plant – the brewing, the fermentation – that I was familiar with, and I couldn’t figure out why,’ he recalls. ‘I thought: “Is it a bakery? Where do I know that smell from?”

‘All of a sudden it hit me that Bushmills had a sister distillery, the Coleraine distillery, that was operational until 1978, and I was living in Coleraine at that time. So the smells I was getting at Bushmills were smells I would have smelled in Coleraine without even realising it.’

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey News.

Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – February 22 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the new Dublin Liberties Distillery opening and Copeland Gin gets permission to build a new distillery in Co. Down.

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

Irish Whiskey News - February 21 - 2018 - Dublin Liberties Distillery

Tanaiste opens €10m whiskey distillery in Dublin Liberties

Tanaiste Simon Coveney was on hand to open the Dublin Liberties Distillery’s new €10m whiskey distillery and visitor experience centre in Dublin this morning. Coveney closed the still door at the state-of-the-art Old Mill Street site, allowing spirit production to commence after two years of construction.

More than 20 jobs have been created at the new facility, which will produce whiskies from the Dublin Liberties Distillery, which sold in excess of 37,000 cases in 30 countries in 2018. The new distillery hopes to capitalise on Dublin’s growing whiskey tourism scene, which attracted 1m visitors to Ireland last year. The visitor experience will open to the public on February 25 and will be able to accommodate 80,000 tourists in its first year.

Irish Whiskey News - February 21 - 2018 - Copeland Gin

Gin maker Copeland Spirits looks to whiskey as it gets the green light

Irish gin maker Copeland Spirits have just signed a 125-year lease on a site for its new distillery and visitor centre. The £600,000 (€750,000) investment from the Co Down firm is also expected to fulfil its ambition to move into new categories, including whiskey. Following recent planning application approval, Copeland will move its operations from its current Saintfield premises to the harbour town of Donaghadee. Established in 2016 by Gareth Irvine following successful crowdfunding, Copeland is the only Northern Irish gin that is currently being stocked in Aldi Ireland.

The now 26-year-old Irvine said that, since the brand’s launch just over two years ago, establishing a distillery and bringing production closer to the Copeland Islands has been the main ambition. “We’ve worked incredibly hard over the last two years to make this a reality and now that planning has been approved and construction is well underway, it’s both rewarding and motivating to see the site being restored to its former glory as the hub of Donaghadee,” he said.

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Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – February 14 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the Women in Whiskey event at Cafe En Seine and how women in the United States are getting a taste for single malt.

 

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

Irish Whiskey News - February 14 - 2018 - Women in Whiskey Cafe En Seine

Café en Seine Presents: Women in Whiskey

If you think whiskey is a man’s drink, well that’s just old fashioned! Welcome to the new wave of female distillers, bonders and blenders putting a spotlight on worldwide whiskey brands from right here in Ireland. They invite you to join them in their brand new and stunning renovated premises on Dawson Street on Wednesday, March 6th for a very special evening that is guaranteed to thrill that whiskey fan in your life.

Not just for women (although they’re putting them in the spotlight), they’re lifting the lid on what it’s like to work in a niche industry and have invited three leading women in the whiskey business along for a chat. Louise McGuane, founder of J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey in Co.Clare, Katherine Condon, micro distiller and brand ambassador at Midleton Whiskey and Lora Hemy, head distiller of Roe & Co Whiskey. Joining them is one or finest bartenders and flavour scientists Ivanna Maresic, who makes a mean cocktail and who’s mixology will be showcased on the night. Guests will then be invited to sample a whiskey brought by each panellist, alongside food paired by Café en Seine’s head chef Stephen Gibson. To top it off, they invite you to enjoy a second delicious, bespoke cocktail created by Ivanna – the perfect end to a fun-filled evening.

Irish Whiskey News - February 14 - 2018 - Women in Whiskey

Whiskey giant Pernod Ricard winning over women as sales soar

The world’s second largest drinks company has distilled a new market for its whiskeys: women. Chivas and Glenlivet maker Pernod Ricard said half the drinkers of its new single-malt Scotch are American women after it made the taste “more approachable,” dropped the price and simplified the packaging.

It released new data Tuesday showing 50% of U.S. sales of the brand came from women — demographic progress that could give it the edge in a fast-growing market. Figures from the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. trade association show sales in Bourbon, Tennessee whiskey and rye jumped 8% to $3.1 billion in 2016, while Irish whiskey sales rose nearly 19%. Consumption of alcohol by women has been steadily rising since the 1950s, but whiskey sales historically have been dominated by men.

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey News.

Andrew

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