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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.

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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 – August 14- 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on Bord Boa’s response to Ireland’s whiskey & gin success, Jameson top 5 in USA whiskey market and famous owners of whiskey and spirit manufacturers. 

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

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - August 14- 2018 - Bord Bia

Drinks agency Bord Bia raises a glass to the whiskey and gin boom

Sales of Irish whiskey increased by 11 per cent to 9.3 million nine-litre cases last year, making it the fastest growing spirit globally. Since 2013 sales have grown by 39 per cent, helping Irish whiskey to double its global share to 6 per cent. While Ireland’s share of the global market remains much smaller than that of Scotch whisky, which accounted for 43 per cent of total sales last year, Scotland has recorded slower growth in recent years.

Over the five-year period, Scotch sales have fallen by 4.5 per cent and its market share has fallen from 50 per cent. In 2008, half of all whisky sales came from Scotland. It is expected that worldwide Irish whiskey sales will reach 10.2 million cases by early next year, as opposed to the end of 2021 as was envisaged years ago.

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - August 14- 2018 - Jameson

Jameson at number 5 in best selling whiskeys in USA

Americans sure love their whiskey. In the past year, U.S. whiskey sales have jumped 4 per cent. Yet, a big part of the growth belongs to higher-end brands. This includes whiskies such as Bulleit bourbon, Woodford Reserve bourbon, Wild Turkey bourbon and Jameson Irish Whiskey. These four all posted double-digit sales growth in the past year.

Many of the top whiskey brands are no longer independent distillers, but rather part of larger entities. Take Bulleit, for example. Bulleit is owned by London-based Diageo Plc. Diageo owns other popular brands such as Captain Morgan rum and Johnnie Walker Scotch.

And then there’s Louisville-based Brown-Forman Corp., which owns not only Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey but also Canadian Mist and Woodford Reserve. The larger spirits companies are investing money into marketing efforts that are helping to drive increased sales of their brands.

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - August 14- 2018 - Famous OWners

Celebrities Who Own Their Own Wine And Liquor Brands

Celebrity product endorsements are a longtime tradition and quite lucrative for everyone involved. But in recent years, many stars have wanted to do more than just offer a sip and a smile in an advertisement, especially when alcohol is involved.

As a result, celebrities are shaking things up and getting involved in the booze business. And it’s proving to be a perfect pairing for superstars and fans alike. The brands have a built-in boost, and it gives the rest of us a taste of the A-list lifestyle. Check out the stars who are stomping grapes and handcrafting spirits that are worth a sip.

 

 

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey Weekly News.

 

 

Andrew

The Whiskey Experts

 

 

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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – August 7- 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on the new distillery opening in the liberties, the rise of the Irish distillery industry and 4 summer cocktails to enjoy in the heat.

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

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News August 7 - 2018 - liberties

Quintessential Set To Start Hiring For Its New Dublin Distillery

Quintessential is set to start hiring staff for its new €10 million Dublin 8 distillery and visitor centre, which is due to be launched in late 2018. Upon its opening, the property will promote The Liberties and The Dubliner whiskey brands, which Quintessential marketing director Shane Hoyne told The Irish Independent are currently being sold in 50 countries.

Hoyne proceeded to the tell the paper that Quintessential is also seeking to capitalise upon Ireland’s current gin craze, stating, “The Irish gin sector has exploded with a load of different gin offerings and some really interesting ways to create gin, and has created something different to the UK gins. We absolutely will be looking at developing an Irish gin once the distillery is up and running.”

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News August 7 - 2018 - distillery

Homegrown whiskey distillers survive the three-year hitch

Like hangers-on at a free bar, the number of new Irish distilleries just keeps on growing. The Irish Whiskey Association says the number of operational stills grew from four to 18 between 2013 and 2017 with a further 16 in the pipeline. Last September, it was revealed that the actor Chris O’Dowd, from Boyle in Co Roscommon, was an investor in a new distillery in his hometown. West Cork-based Clonakilty Distillery (clonakiltydistillery.ie) and Boann (boanndistillery.ie) in Meath, meanwhile, both claim to be opening this summer — so any day now.

Whiskey has to mature for a minimum of three years before it can be called whiskey and although spirits can be interesting at that age, most drinkers would agree that five years or more would be better.

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News August 7 - 2018 - cocktails

4 Irish whiskey cocktails to enjoy in the summer

It’s not just mixologists who like to shake things up. Distilleries are pushing the boundaries too, and now Irish whiskey is the fastest growing spirit in the world.

For Jameson, this means finishing Jameson Caskmates IPA, a triple distilled Irish whiskey in craft IPA-seasoned barrels. It’s ideal for anyone who’s torn between the soft smoothness of an Irish whiskey and the refreshing characteristics of an ice-cold beer.

The boom in whiskey distilling also marks the introduction of Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition which retains all the smoothness of triple distilled Jameson, with added chocolate, coffee and butterscotch notes from the stout barrels, and can be paired with a craft stout beer.

 

 

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey Weekly News.

 

 

Andrew

The Whiskey Experts

 

 

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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – July 31 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on a Pearse Lyons new 5-year-old Single Malt release, Lidl wins gold at the International Spirits Competition and what was really like during prohibition. 

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

 

Pearse Lyons Distillery Release Exclusive 5-Year-Old Single Malt

The Pearse Lyons Distillery last night celebrated the general release of the exclusive Pearse 5-Year-Old Single Malt. The single malt carries the first new five-year age statement to appear on a bottle in more than 25 years. The limited release whiskey was produced on two small-batch copper pot stills and aged in bourbon casks. Presented in 4,000 individually numbered bottles. This whisky will exclusively be on sale in SuperValu’s Premium Whisky section and select on-trade establishments nationwide.

Gearoid Cahill, Head Distiller at the Pearse Lyons Distillery said, “The release of the Pearse Single Malt 5-Year Old marks a historic milestone in the re-evolution of the distilling industry. We are really proud to introduce the first new five- year age statement in Ireland in more than 25 years.”

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - July 31 - 2018 - Lidl

Lidl whiskey wins Gold Medal at International Wine & Spirits Competition

It was a good night for Irish whiskey-makers at International Wine & Spirits Competition.

The biggest winners on the night were Tullamore D.E.W., who won the Worldwide Whisky Trophy for its 118-Year-Old Single Malt. It’s the first time that the award has been won by an Irish whiskey-maker since 2009. Entries for the award were received from nearly 90 countries worldwide. Brian Kinsman, Tullamore D.E.W. Master Blender, commented: Working on the Tullamore D.E.W. 18 Year Old Single Malt was a two-year mission to craft an extraordinary whiskey that embodies the complex character, subtle sweetness and triple distilled smoothness that define the best of Irish Single Malt.

Another impressive success story is Dundalgan 10 year-old Single Malt Irish Whisky, produced by Lidl, which also won a Gold Medal Outstanding in the category of single malt, 8-12 years old.

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - July 31 - 2018 - Prohibition

Prohibition America trumped Ireland for drunkenness ‘three times over’

“I can say honestly that in twelve days in America I saw more cases of alcoholic intoxication than I have ever seen in Ireland for three times that period, while the scenes attending many vessels’ departure from New York must be seen to be believed.” It was early in 1928 when one Irish Times reporter quickly learned what most people would come to realise: prohibition wasn’t really working.

A widespread temperance movement in the US in the early 20th century led to the ratification of the 18th amendment and the passage of the National Prohibition Act, also known as the Volstead Act. Between about 1920 and 1933, the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors became illegal. Adherence to the law, as our reporter found out, wasn’t exactly across-the-board. Far from it.

 

 

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey Weekly News.

 

 

Andrew

The Whiskey Experts

 

 

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