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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – July 17 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on Pearse Lyons new 5 year old single malt, John Teeling and Bernard Walsh give newcomers a few lessons and Slane whiskey release the winners of their cocktail competition.

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

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - July 17 - 2018 - Pearse

Pearse Lyons release 5-year-old Single malt

On Thursday last Pearse Lyons released their Cask Strength launched as a travel exclusive to The Loop at Dublin Airport. Limited to 1,000 bottles, individually numbered and bottled at 59.3%, it hails the first release from Pearse Lyons Distillery that is wholly their own spirit. Further to this release, a 4,000 bottle release of 46% ABV. 5-year-old whiskey is expected shortly, but I haven’t tried that yet.

The Cask Strength box and bottle, much like the distillery, is designed to be a real eye-catcher. The box is embossed, both raised and lowered, laying out the design of St James’s Church steeple where the Pearse Lyons Distillery is located, along with details that can be found inside the church.

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - July 17 - 2018 - Teeling

Irish whiskey needs ‘new and nimble’ distillers

Bernard Walsh, founder and managing director of Walsh Whiskey Distillery, said the category may have lacked innovation in the past, but partly attributed this to the number of distillers on the market. Until 2013, the only distilleries producing and selling Irish whiskey were Cooley, Kilbeggan, New Midleton and Old Bushmills. By 2017, this number had more than quadrupled to 18 – and 16 more are already being planned. Walsh said: “[Innovation] is possibly one area maybe in years gone by we might have under-delivered on.

“Innovation is high on the agenda and we need to broaden out the profile of Irish whiskey. Irish whiskey over the last century has really narrowed its focus but now we’re broadening out and innovation is leading to that.”

Jack Teeling, founder and managing director of the Teeling Whiskey Company, supported Walsh’s stance. He told SB that new Irish whiskey producers are “vital” to creating diversity within the category, which will be key to its success. “We need to be able to connect with a new generation of drinkers, and it can’t all be down to one brand, or two brands, or blended whiskey; we need pot stills, single malts – we need variety.“The new guys are needed to complement the bigger guys who do a lot of heavy lifting in terms of consumer recruitment, but we need discovery brands to keep them excited about Irish whiskey. “If we can do that, we can keep going for the next 30 or 40 years.”

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - July 17 - 2018 - Slane

Slane whiskey announces cocktail winners.

The Slane Cocktail Series gave bartenders a chance to develop and showcase recipes featuring triple-casked Irish whiskey. That has been great news for whiskey fans in BostonChicago and San Francisco who now have a long list of exciting bars and mouthwatering cocktails to discover.

But the biggest winners of the Slane Cocktail Series were the bartenders behind the nine top recipes. These innovative cocktail makers won an immersive trip to the Slane Castle in Ireland, in addition to being featured on their own city’s guide to great Irish whiskey. Get to know the winners of the Slane Cocktail Series. This is how they earned a trip to Ireland and what they experienced while they were there.

 

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey Weekly News.

 

 

Andrew

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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – July 3 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on an eager investor who has €10 million to invest in Irish whiskey, Dublin Distillery Company distiller pours ice cold water on new distillery ventures and Dead Rabbit NYC in fire disaster.

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

 

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Fergal

10 Million to invest in whiskey.

Fearghal Ó Ríordáin is detailing the hardcore market research he did for his latest venture. For years before founding Ilen River Partners, a new fund to support whiskey distillery developments, the Cork-born former venture capitalist toured distilleries in Scotland and Ireland, getting to know the sector in depth.

“I spent a lot of time in Scotland looking at this,” says a smiling Ó Ríordáin, gesturing at a map of more than 100 Scotch distilleries in a way that implies he got to know some of them quite well. “I’ve spoken to everybody in the industry and I’ve got a little [whiskey] collection at home. I have become a bit of a whiskey bore.”

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Dublin Liberties Distillery

Half of Irish whiskey distilleries will close in next decade

Dublin’s newest whiskey distillery head distiller, says the market is in danger of becoming saturated, predicting that half of the new ventures in the growing drinks category won’t survive the next decade. The value of Irish whiskey exports was roughly €600 million last year and there are plans to more than double that figure by 2030. This has led to a spike in the number of distilleries setting up shop here, from just four in 2014 to 18 today. It’s expected that more than 30 will be operational by 2020.

However, Darryl McNally, master distiller and general manager at Dublin Liberties Distillery, says not every distillery will be successful. “I know there are plans to have about 30 distilleries in Ireland in the next few years, but I don’t think they all will survive,” he tells Fora.

“There has to be a very clear route to market to succeed in this industry, so I think there are some entrepreneurs who are not (experienced) in the drinks business and are going to struggle.”

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Dead Rabbit

Dead Rabbit bar in fire disaster

In a statement posted on the bar’s social media pages, The Dead Rabbit said: “This morning a fire was reported on our block. We’re still getting details, but The Dead Rabbit received considerable fire and water damage and as a result, will be closed until further notice. Fortunately, no one has been hurt. “Thank you for your support and understanding at this very difficult time. We’ll let you know more here as soon as we find out.”

The Dead Rabbit was founded in 2012 by Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon, and was crowned World’s Best Bar in the 2015 Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail. In January this year, The Dead Rabbit announced plans to expand the bar to almost twice its current size after signing a 17-year lease with the building next door.

 

Thanks again for reading our Irish Whiskey Weekly News.

 

Andrew

The Whiskey Experts

 

 

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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – Feb 19 – 2018

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.

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Feb 19 - 2018 - Dead Rabbit

Dead Rabbit owners’ whiskey to benefit people in Northern Ireland

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.

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Feb 19 - 2018 - Celtic Cask

Celtic Cask: Is This The Pinnacle of Irish Whiskey?

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.

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Feb 19 - 2018 - Teeling

The Argument for Irish Whiskey – According to Experts from Ireland

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.

 

Andrew

The Whiskey Experts

 

 

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