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The Whiskey Experts - Irish Whiskey News Jan 3 - 2019

Irish Whiskey News -January 3 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on why Brexit could be bad for the Irish Drinks industry and how Irish whiskey producers have their sights set on the eastern whiskey market.

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

Irish Whiskey News -January 3 - 2018 - brexit

Why the all-island drinks industry dreads a no-deal Brexit

Ireland’s drinks industry continues to prosper. It is one of the country’s most dynamic sectors, driven by innovation and growing demand in export markets.

It’s an industry that continues to make a vital contribution to the country’s economy, employing 90,000 people and exporting more than €1.25bn worth of produce. Since 2001, the average per adult alcohol consumption in Ireland has declined by over 23%.

Despite a continued fall in consumption here, consumers are becoming more sophisticated in their tastes and are eager to try the plethora of new, quality products on the market. After a strong 2018, we head into 2019 with many uncertainties for the industry.

Irish Whiskey News -January 3 - 2018 - Irish whiskey

Irish whiskey producers look east for growth opportunities

Rival Irish whiskey producers are teaming up in a bid to seek European Union funding to carve out new multimillion-euro opportunities for growth in China and Japan. The move comes as suppliers look to ease their dependence on the US for exports. The whiskey producers have sought assistance from Bord Bia to help tap markets in Asia, where Irish brown spirits are currently small players.

Bord Bia recently issued a tender notice to carry out a study on awareness and attitudes to Irish whiskey in China and has plans to do a similar piece of research on the Japanese market in the New Year. Denise Murphy, alcohol beverage sector manager at Bord Bia, said the China study was a precursor to seeking EU funds for a full market development exercise for the sector in China and Japan.

Exports to China are currently valued at less than €1 million but while knowledge of Irish whiskey is low, the country is seen as a market that has significant potential for producers. Japan, which is the largest market in Asia for Irish whiskey, grew by 15.6 per cent last year, albeit from a low base.

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The Whiskey Experts - Irish Whiskey News Nov 28 - 2018

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.


Irish Whiskey News - November 28 - 2018 - Dingle Distillery

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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).


Irish Whiskey News - November 28 - 2018 - Red Spot

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.


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Irish Whiskey Weekly News August 28 - 2018

Irish Whiskey Weekly News – August 28- 2018

This week we feature articles on Conor McGregor opening his new distillery, worlds most expensive Japanese whiskey is sold at auction and Irelands single pot still sales are rising.

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


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - McGregor

Conor McGregor looking to become top dog in the distilling business

The Notorious revealed that he is now running the “finest” whisky distillery in Ireland while acknowledging that Jameson is the current top dog, he vowed that his own brand will be coming to take over. In yet another hint of his ambitions outside combat sports, McGregor is not only driven to succeed for money but in memory of his late grandfather – who was an “avid” Irish whiskey man according to the 30-year-old.

“It is in my opinion, the finest distillery we have on this great island. We have the purest soil, with the freshest Irish spring water, and our golden Irish grain and malt are so golden, sunglasses are required to look directly at them. 77 acres of un-matched Irish soil. We are producing nothing but liquid gold here. Proper liquid gold.”


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Japanese Whiskey

Worlds most expensive Japanese whisky sold for $343,300

A bottle of rare Japanese whisky sold at a world-record price on Friday, the third record shattered this year for a single malt from the country. The 50-year-old Yamazaki first edition went for 2.695 million Hong Kong dollars ($343,000), including the buyer’s premium, at a Bonhams auction in Hong Kong. The buyer chose to remain anonymous, Bonhams said, but the auction house disclosed that the winner — who placed the bid by phone — was from Asia.

The previous record for a bottle of Japanese whisky was set in May when an expression of Karuizawa 1960 52-year-old The Dragon fetched HK$2.45 million at Bonhams in Hong Kong. In January, a Yamazaki single malt aged 50 years sold for HK$2.337 million at a Sotheby’s auction, also in Hong Kong.


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Single Pot Still

Single Pot Still increases share of Global sales

A unique Irish whiskey style is known as single pot still is now accounting for a growing share of the Irish category. While single malts are made with 100% malted barley and single grains are primarily corn-and barley-based, single pot still whiskies are made with a mixed mash of malted and unmalted barley. This lends a spicier, more peppery finish to the taste.

Last year, Irish Distillers invested $11 million in its Midleton Distillery in County Cork, Ireland, aiming to grow the facility’s single pot still capacity by more than 30%. Three new copper pot stills were installed at the distillery and became operational last June. At Walsh Distillery in Carlow, Ireland, commercial director John Kelly sees great opportunity for the single pot still style. “Single pot still is a fantastic opportunity for the industry to put itself out there as a category, and differentiate it from, say, Scotch whisky,” he says.


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