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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 – November 7 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the industrys fight to keep up with demand and the rise of Tullamore Dew sales worldwide.

So let’s see what’s been happening this week in our Irish Whiskey News – November 7 – 2018

 

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Can Irish whiskey keep up with demand?

Once the most highly sought-after whisky category in the world, today’s Irish renaissance has been a long time coming. Our whiskey’s success peaked in the mid-­1800s, when soaring demand from the US generated a roaring trade for no fewer than 88 distilleries in Ireland. But producers were dealt a double blow with Prohibition in the US and two World Wars, which all but wiped out the sector.

Just two distilleries remained by the 1980s, both owned by IDL and it wasn’t until the turn of the Millennium that number doubled to four. As recently as 2013, the only distilleries producing and selling whiskey were Cooley, Kilbeggan, New Midleton and Old Bushmills. But by August 2017, these four distilleries had more than quadrupled to 18 – and another 16 are in the pipeline. And when you look at the rate at which sales are growing, it’s easy to see why more producers are eager to join the sector.

The most recent IWSR figures from the IWA reported a 10.6% sales spike in 2017 to reach 9.7 million nine-litre cases compared with the previous year, meaning the category is on track to exceed its 2020 growth target (12m cases or 144m bottles) set by the IWA.

 

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Tullamore Dew sees 9% Sales Rise

William Grant & Sons has reported profit growth of 12.6% to £250.2m (€281.5m) after tax for the year ended 31st December 2017, which includes a 9% global sales growth for Tullamore Dew.

Tullamore Dew is the second largest Irish whiskey brand globally. William Grant & Sons invested €25m into its Tullamore distilling operation in 2017, with the opening of a new grain distillery and bottling plant. This brings the total invested in the distillery up to €100m, making it one of the largest employers in the area with a workforce of over 100. This is in addition to the 45 staff at the William Grant & Sons marketing office in Dublin.

In 2017, Tullamore Dew was awarded Brand Innovator of the Year at the Icon of Whiskey Awards for its dedication to new innovations such as Tullamore Dew XO Rum Cask, whilst this year the brand won the Worldwide Whiskey Trophy at the International Wine & Spirits Competition for its 18 Year Old Single Malt – an award not won by an Irish whiskey since 2009.

 

 

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey News.

Andrew

 

 

 

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Irish Whiskey News – November 28 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Dingle releasing its fifth offering from the Co.Kerry distillery and Mitchell & Sons release Red Spot whiskey after a 50 years hiatus.

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

 

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Whiskey maker Dingle grows single pot still offering

The Irish distillery unveiled the expression at Whiskey Live Dublin over the weekend. It is the fifth spirit released by the distillery and follows Dingle’s inaugural single pot still Irish whiskey, launched in 2017. Elliot Hughes, partner at the Dingle Distillery, said: “The release of our first single pot still whiskey proved we are still committed to exercising our pioneering spirit to fuel the Irish whiskey revolution, paving the way for a new wave of pot stills that appear to be following suit.

“Our first single pot still sold out within a matter of days, creating much anticipation for our second. We anticipate this release will be just as popular, if not more so, given our loyal customers and whiskey enthusiasts have been waiting the best part of a year to experience the second single pot still release from the Dingle Distillery.” The new whiskey, which has an abv of 46.5%, has been aged in a combination of Bourbon casks (70%), oloroso Sherry casks (15%) and PX Sherry casks (15%). Only 2,900 bottles have been released with an RRP of €90 (£80/US$100).

 

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Irish Distillery Brings Red Spot Whiskey Back to Life 50 Years After Its Discontinuation

If you ever wanted to go back in time and check out the whiskey offerings of yore, you can now cross one off your list and you don’t even need a flux capacitor. Mitchell & Son, with some help from Irish Distillers, has brought back the Red Spot Whiskey after its discontinuation about 50 years ago.

The distillery breathing new life into the Spot Whiskeys is the Midleton Distillery, the largest distillery in Ireland which also produces *drumroll* Jameson whiskey. Midleton follows an old recipe from Mitchell & Son to create a triple-distilled single pot Irish whiskey. To become Red Spot, this whiskey is matured for at least 15 years in a combination of American Bourbon, Spanish sherry, and Sicilian Marsala wine casks.

“Pouring over old recipe books, ledgers and archive material has provided us with the tools to tell the story of Red Spot in a new, yet authentic way — and at almost 100 years since it was crafted for the first time, by my great-grandfather Robert Mitchell, this is a whiskey homecoming for the ages,” said Jonathan Mitchell, director and current “son” of Mitchell & Son, in a statement.

 

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Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – November 21 – 2018

Irish Whiskey News – November 21 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the industrys fight to keep up with demand and the rise of Tullamore Dew sales.

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

Whiskey connoisseurs call the shots at Dublin Castle

It is hard to keep up with all the new whiskey brands and new releases by established distillers. A walk around specialist suppliers such as the Celtic Whiskey Shop or L Mulligan in Dublin, or the shops at the airport, can leave your head spinning.

It’s not practical to buy a bottle of everything, of course, but you could visit a good whiskey bar with a couple of friends and sip your way through a few. Perhaps the best option, though, is to attend the Whiskey Live tasting event at Dublin Castle next weekend.

Not every distillery will be attending the show, but there will be more than you can possibly visit, so do plan ahead. My own plan is to focus solely on trying new whiskies. Foremost among them will be Red Spot 15-year-old Pot Still, re-released this week by Mitchell & Son and priced at €115.

Irish whiskey distillery Waterford hires terroir agronomist

As part of her role, O’Reilly will help to oversee and manage the distillery’s relationships with its barley growers. In addition, she will continue the company’s research into flavour differences observed in whiskies produced from barley grown in different regions, using data obtained from 71 different farms. O’Reilly began her career at Minch Malt (part of Boortmalt maltsters) before joining agricultural specialists Glanbia.

Waterford Distillery CEO Mark Reynier commented: “Terroir, provenance and traceability may be trendy buzzwords frequently bandied about by marketing men, but to us they actually mean something. “Heretical as it may seem, we can show that a whisky’s flavour can indeed be influenced by where its barley is grown.

“While large distillers understandably are reluctant to accept this inconvenience, we find it both compelling and intriguing. Grace’s appointment is a kind of ‘putting money where our mouth is’ thing.”

O’Reilly added: “From the beginning, I really enjoyed collaborating with the team at Waterford Distillery and I’m thrilled to be joining at this exciting stage.

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey News.

Andrew

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