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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 News – March 21 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Cape Clear Distillery looking for shareholders to invest and Dingle Distillery release 30,000 bottles of their fourth single malt.

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

 

Irish Whiskey News - March 21 - 2019 - Cape Clear Whiskey

New Cape Clear whiskey distillery seeking shareholders

The first distillery to be built on an Irish island in modern times is nearing completion and those behind it have already trademarked the gin and whiskey it will produce. The distillery is being financed and built by islanders on Cape Clear in an effort to boost the local economy — but they are also inviting shareholders to come on board.

They dug into their own pockets after an investor pulled out due to a very lengthy, costly, difficult, but ultimately successful planning process. Efforts to get another investor failed and a decision were made to develop the project themselves. Cape Clear Co-op stepped into the gap along with a number of the 130-strong island population. Séamus Ó Drisceoil, who is a spokesman for the project, said they have been developing it on a step-by-step basis. “In doing so, we expect to keep development costs to a minimum by using local skills and investment, re-purposing buildings and materials where possible and finding every possible way to reduce cost and create value,”.

 

 Irish Whiskey News - March 21 - 2019 - Dingle Whiskey

Dingle Distillery unveils fourth single malt

Ireland’s The Dingle Whiskey Distillery has unveiled its fourth single malt whiskey, which is limited to just 2,000 bottles in the UK. A marriage of bourbon, sherry and port casks, Batch No 4 Single Malt (46.5% ABV), is described as a “full-flavoured yet harmoniously balanced mix of creamy vanilla sweetness from the American oak casks, combined beautifully with dried fruit flavours of apricot and sultanas from the fortified wine casks”.

The latest single malt expression marks an “impressive increase in production”, following the third release, of which just 2,000 bottles were produced. Of the 30,000 bottles of Batch No 4 Single Malt produced, 2,000 bottles will be distributed to the UK. A further 500 bottles of a cask strength variant will be available exclusively in the UK and Ireland. Elliot Hughes, a partner at The Dingle Whiskey Distillery, said: “The unveiling of Batch No 4 is particularly exciting as it’s a whiskey married in our three main cask types; bourbon, sherry (Both Pedro Jimenez and Oloroso) as well as port.

 

 

 

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Irish Whiskey News – March 14 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Pot Still Whiskeys ‘restrictive’ regulations and we get to find out what it’s like to be an Irish whiskey brand ambassador.

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

Irish Whiskey News - March 14 - 2019 - Redbreast 21

Irish Pot Still Laws ‘Too Restrictive’

The rules on how to make pot still Irish whiskey should be changed because they are too tightly drawn and have no historical precedent, according to Blackwater distillery CEO Peter Mulryan. The technical file, which legally outlines the production process and was accepted by the EU in 2014, dictates that pot still Irish whiskey should contain at least 30% each of malted and unmalted barley, plus up to 5% of other cereals, such as oats and rye.

But Mulryan said he had been unable to find any historical mash bill in Ireland that complied with the rules, with distillers in the early 20th century incorporating up to 20% of other grains alongside malted and unmalted barley. He claimed the definition was pushed through by the industry’s dominant player, Jameson owner Irish Distillers, to protect its single pot still whiskeys, including Redbreast and Green Spot, and to prevent future pot still Irish whiskeys from deviating too far from their recipes.

 

Irish Whiskey News - March 14 - 2019 - Michael Carr

Meet the Brand Ambassador for Powers Whiskey – Micheal Carr

Ever wondered what it’s like to share your love and knowledge of Irish whiskey for a living? Michael Carr, Brand Ambassador for Powers Irish Whiskey, tells us everything we want to know. The owner of the first bar where I worked had a strong interest in the story of whiskey and he passed it on to me. Over the years I started reading and visiting all the Irish distilleries I could find.

When Dublin Airport was opening the Irish Whiskey Collection in Terminal 2 in 2010 I was approached to join their team. There I got to see first-hand the renaissance of our national spirit. From there I joined the Irish Distillers brand development team focusing on promoting all our brands. At this stage, the history and quality of Powers had captured my attention.

 

 

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Andrew

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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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