This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on how science is catching fake single malts and The Dingle Celt rare Irish whiskey goes to auction.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Aug 8 - 2019 - Fake Whiskey

Scientists develop ‘artificial tongue’ to detect fake whiskeys

Being palmed off with a young whisky when expecting an 18-year-old single malt can be a glass-half-empty moment. But now scientists have developed an “artificial tongue” that might make such skulduggery a thing of the past. The team, based in Scotland, say their device can be used to tell apart a host of single malts – a move they say might help in the fight against counterfeit products.

“You could train your particular ‘tongue’ to know what one of these whiskies ‘tasted’ like, so that when the fake stuff came along it could identify it and when the real stuff came along it could confirm that it was the real stuff,” said Dr Alasdair Clark, the lead author of the research from the University of Glasgow.

Irish Whiskey News - Aug 8 - 2019 - Dingle Celt

Celtic Whiskey Releases Extremely Rare ‘The Dingle Celt’

August 5th will mark the launch of Celtic Whiskey’s latest brand ‘The Dingle Celt’. This follows the success of their award-winning Celtic Cask Independent bottlings, one of Ireland’s most awarded whiskey brands. The Dingle Celt is an extremely rare bottling from a single cask at Dingle Distillery, which has been triple distilled and fully aged in a 50-litre Caratelli Chestnut Cask that previously matured Vin Santo dessert wine from Altesino, one of the finest wineries in Tuscany.

The single malt was distilled at the Dingle Distillery on May 23, 2015, and bottled at cask strength on December 6, 2018, this whiskey is limited to 18 bottles. Chestnut wood is more porous than oak and experiences much more evaporation, hence the small size of the bottling. Commenting on the high degree of evaporation, what the industry refers to as the “angel’s share,” Ally Alpine, the Managing Director of Celtic Whiskey, observed that, “there must have been some very happy angels around that particular cask.”

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