This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on a turning a negative into whiskey positive, Walsh Whiskey head to the Caribbean and what happens if you bring Pernod Ricard to court over your whiskey supply

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


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Marty

Turning whiskey into gold.

When Michelin man Marty McAuley’s career was on the rocks he took a shot at a new career that warmed his heart… hosting tours – and more – to celebrate Ulster’s historic links to whiskey. The 43-year-old Ballymena man was one of over 850 employees made redundant after the local tyre factory closed last month.

Marty adopted a glass half full attitude, saying he had never been unemployed in his life and was not about to start. So, in a neat move, he embarked on a career in whiskey to ensure locals and visitors get to appreciate the whiskey of Ulster and beyond. He explained: “I always had an interest in whiskey and obviously the interest developed because I enjoy a wee tipple myself. “The first thing I thought of when the Michelin factory closure was announced was tourism, and I discovered that Irish whiskey is the fastest-growing drinks market in the world and that the Irish Whiskey Association wanted to increase tourism.

He set up his website, which is jam-packed with quirky stories and must-read reviews about popular and obscure brands. Marty also does bespoke whiskey tours, and visitors have travelled from as far away as Japan.


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - The Irishman

Whiskey Distillery Releases ‘The Irishman Founder’s Reserve – Caribbean Cask Finish’ whiskey distilleries will close in next

Walsh Whiskey Distillery has released the second expression in The Irishman Founder’s Reserve Cask Series, a limited edition finished in rum casks from the tiny tropical Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. The Irishman Founder’s Reserve – Caribbean Cask Finish, a super-premium whiskey, is a rare vatting of Single Pot Still and Single Malt whiskeys finished for 6 months in Chairman’s Reserve Rum casks.

In recent years, as part of his research into new cask finishes for his portfolio of whiskeys, Walsh Whiskey founder, Bernard Walsh, has sourced casks from a range of countries including Spain, France, China, Kentucky and Italy. This limited edition, of just 12 casks, began in 2014 when he made the trip to the island of Saint Lucia in the West Indies in search of rare casks to give a special expression to his original whiskey.

The Irishman Founder’s Reserve is distilled entirely in copper pot stills and Bernard’s journey took him to visit the famous St. Lucia Distillers (established 1932) where they also use copper pot stills to distil their rum. While there, Bernard handpicked 12 oak casks and he chose to age them in St. Lucia Distillers’ iconic Chairman’s Reserve Rum for a minimum of 2 years from 2015. The casks were subsequently brought to Ireland in the autumn of 2017 and used to finish a batch of The Irishman Founder’s Reserve for 6 months.


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Wild Geese

Wild Geese are taking Pernod Ricard to the High court

THE COMPANIES BEHIND The Wild Geese Irish whiskey has taken Irish Distillers to court for allegedly causing, and continuing to cause, “serious damage” to its brand. Avalon – who have the exclusive licence for the brand – and Protégé International Group -the exclusive sales agent in the EU – allege that Irish Distillers has “abused its dominant position” in the Irish whiskey market by refusing to supply it while supplying other whiskey brands.

Irish Distillers – whose brands include Jameson, Powers and Midleton – is contesting the claim, however, and said that it previously offered to supply its smaller rival but couldn’t agree on terms. Its large-scale production facility in Midleton in Cork produces a number of Irish whiskeys, and in a statement, the company said it actively supports other Irish whiskeys.  Avalon and Protégé are seeking a High Court order that would require Irish Distillers to supply Irish whiskey to them, as has been requested by Protégé consistently since 2001. The pair is also seeking damages against the whiskey giant.



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