This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on NYC Dead Rabbits new release which helps Aware NI, Celtic Cask releases – could they be the best and the argument for Irish whiskey from experts in Ireland.
So let’s see what’s been happening this week in our Irish whiskey weekly news.
The North Belfast owners of New York’s Dead Rabbit have created their own whiskey which is set to benefit people in Northern Ireland. Now the pair has launched the Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey, to mark the bar’s fifth anniversary, and people in Northern Ireland are set to benefit as they have donated their brand rights to benefit Aware NI.
They said: “We launched Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey at our party on Monday – a fine blend of single malt and grain whiskeys (44%ABV) that is, as the label says, ‘A Measure of Attitude’. “We really hope it does well, but for one very specific reason. When we were first discussing a whiskey of our own with Dublin Liberties Distillery, we saw an opportunity to do something more. “Aware NI is a Northern Ireland charity providing resources and support for local people with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. We have donated our brand rights to Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey to benefit Aware NI.
In 2003, a transplanted Scotsman named Ally Alpine opened a liquor store in Dublin specializing in Irish whiskey. At the time, there wasn’t a single specialist Irish whiskey retailer to be found anywhere in Ireland. The Celtic Cask series was born in 2010 when Alpine decided to branch out into the world of speciality whiskey bottling. At the time, there were no high-end speciality whiskey bottlers operating in Ireland. What speciality bottling did occur was mostly for the mass market, retailer branded, low priced offerings.
Alpine first worked with Cooley Distillery to bottle single cask offerings, which he selected from their Tyrconnell and Connemara brands, as Celtic Whiskey Shop exclusives. The early bottlings were matured entirely in ex-bourbon casks. Alpine soon switched to finishing those whiskeys using barrels that had previously held wines that were exclusively imported into Ireland by the Celtic Whiskey Shop. This was the genesis of the shop’s “cask finish, single cask” releases that would eventually become the Celtic Cask series.
In late January, a Japanese whiskey called the Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky sold for $300,000 at Sotheby’s auction house in Hong Kong, breaking the record for the most expensive bottle of whiskey ever sold. It was previously held by another Japanese whiskey, the Karuizawa 1960. Right now, Japanese whiskey is one of the most sought-after spirits in the world. But it is in Ireland—the supposed birthplace of the liquor, if you ask any Irish person with even a drop of national pride—where a true revival of whiskey is taking place.
Now, Irish whiskey’s biggest advocates—bartenders, distillers, even tour guides—have made it their mission to educate the public about Irish whiskey’s legacy, and to revive its reputation in the public eye as some of the most complex, best-tasting whiskey you can buy today. Here, three experts in the field explain why Irish whiskey is more relevant in the world of spirits than ever before.
The Whiskey Experts
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