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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.

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.

 

Thanks again for reading our Whiskey Training News

Andrew

 

 

 

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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.

 

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey News.

 

 

Andrew

The Whiskey Experts

 

 

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