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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.

3 Unique Dublin Venues for your next event

This week our Dublin Event News looks at 3 unique Dublin Venues we think would be perfect for your upcoming holiday events.  Whether you are hosting a large corporate event or looking for an exclusive local experience, these venues add something unique to any affair.


Smock Alley Theatre

Our first Dublin venue is also the oldest. Smock Alley Theatre was set up in 1662. It has many amazing spaces but the one we are drawn to is The Banquet Hall. It is a stunningly impressive room with an ornate plasterwork ceiling, plastered walls, exposed brickwork and stained glass windows from the theatre’s time as a church. There are wooden floors and oak tables and benches.  The space is versatile and easy to change. It is simple enough to add your own details but with such interesting features, it could easily be left as is with just some added simple touches.


Royal Irish Academy – Members Room

Our second Dublin venue is situated on Dawson Street in the heart of Dubin. The Royal Irish Academy has been here since the 1750’s.T he front reception room is part of the original 1750s structure, with tall sash windows. During the 1798 rebellion, this room was used as a surgery. A popular room for small launches with podium and sound, it can accommodate up to 60 people for a reception or 30 people lecture style or up to 20 people boardroom style. The Members Room can link to The Council Room when the doors between are opened, in this room are the books of the 19th-century poet Thomas Moore. This room can hold up to 20 people boardroom style and is often used for launches/receptions.


Huckletree Dublin

Our third Dublin venue is the newest to Dublin. The Huckletree space is the perfect setting to share your brand’s story with the world. The Snug comes fully equipped with the latest technologies including stage lighting, HDMI & wireless presentation system and surround sound. The Snug can accommodate up to 70 seated guests for presentations, panel discussions, tech demos and more.


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Irish Whiskey News – November 14- 2018

This week we feature articles on dingle Distillery releases Gin Christmas gifts and Cooley Distillery So let’s see what’s been happening this week in our Irish whiskey news.

Irish Whiskey News - November 14- 2018 - Dingle Gin

Dingle Distillery launches Gin bauble for Christmas

Dingle Distillery has worked with Scottish giftware company Angels’ Share Glass to produce the bespoke decorations. Just 3,000 of the hand-blown baubles have been produced, each filled with 50ml of award-winning Dingle Gin. “I think they will go down fantastically well with the Irish market,” said Dingle Distillery Director Elliot Hughes. “Irish people are drinking gin, like in a lot of European countries, more than ever and are drinking premium spirits like never before. “I think people will really enjoy the gin bauble whether it’s received as a gift or bought for themselves!”

Staff from Stirling-based Angels’ Share Glass have spent the past few months creating 3,000 of the clear baubles and hand-filling them with Dingle Gin. The firm’s Managing Director, Karen Somerville, said: “We’re delighted to be part of the first Irish gin-filled Christmas baubles to launch in Ireland – the order is a great boost to the firm and means a lot to us as we have family connections with the country.” The firm has also produced a set of four baubles, each filled with a different Scottish whiskey, and a Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar containing 25 miniature 50ml bottles. Dingle Distillery, based in Dingle, Co. Kerry is Ireland’s first purpose-built distillery in more than 100 years. It was established in 2012 in a converted sawmill and initially produced whiskey before going on to create vodka and Dingle Original Gin.

Irish Whiskey News - November 14- 2018 - Cooley Distillery

Whiskey maker Cooley Distillery rolls out the barrel for profits galore

Cooley Distillery, an Irish whiskey maker owned by spirits giant Beam Suntory, made a €13.4m pre-tax profit last year as turnover rose by almost 50%. The distillery had a turnover of €38.9m last year, of which more than a third was from Ireland. Profits were up sharply from €7.6m in 2016.

The business includes the Cooley Distillery in Dundalk and the Kilbeggan Distillery in Westmeath, visited by pop group the Script. Its brands include Kilbeggan, Tyrconnell and Connemara Single Malt. The group was bought from John Teeling in 2012 for €73m. Teeling has since set up the Great Northern Distillery in Co Louth, while his sons Jack and Stephen founded the Teeling Distillery in Dublin. Cooley valued its stocks at €31m last year.


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Whiskey Training News – Researching your subject

Research is the key to understanding the exhilarating experiences each Irish whiskey brings to your tastebuds.

At The Whiskey Experts we thrive on new whiskey information. It is our job during our whiskey training to educate our tasters on what makes the whiskey in their glass, a world-class experience. We believe the key to understanding Irish whiskey is to taste whiskeys ranging from a wide variety of unique Irish distilleries. As of 2018 there are 18 Irish whiskey distilleries in operation, each different in their distilling approach. From large scale to modest production, the myriad of distilling techniques must be examined to acquire the knowledge and understanding of what makes each whiskey truly unique. The Experts are here to provide an inside look to what we’ve recently learned visiting a local distillery and transfer that knowledge at our whiskey training sessions.

The Great Northern Distillery, founded by John Teeling in 2015, sits in the heart of Dundalk, Co. Louth. Brian Watts, Operation Manager, invited The Whiskey Experts to see how a mega distillery maintains premium quality while producing millions of litres of whiskey a year. The size and grandeur of the refurbished old Harp Lager Brewery is obvious upon arrival. Everything is on a huge scale, from milling to maturation, areas of the striking distillery dedicated to each step of the whiskey process. Whilst passing through the warehouse, barley from every corner of the country was arriving every few minutes. Our tour was engaging and stimulating to all the senses.


The highlight of our tour was the heart and mind of any distillery, the lab. This is where the barley, water, yeast and new make are all checked to the highest available standards. To visit a lab of this standard, with staff so open and knowledgeable is beyond value. This is were new creations and old solid blends are conceived and maintained. To taste exciting new cask finishes, to see the spirits as they age over time. We even got to nose and admire a 73 year old Irish whiskey, but were sworn to secrecy on its future direction.


After the lab we saw the whiskeys in their new home. Thousands, upon thousands, of filled casks ready to start their long journey of wood breathing. Who knows where this whiskey will end up, but we know that we will be looking forward to sampling some of their products for years to come.


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