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Whiskey Training News – Researching your subject

Research is the key to understanding the exhilarating experiences each Irish whiskey brings to your tastebuds.

At The Whiskey Experts we thrive on new whiskey information. It is our job during our whiskey training to educate our tasters on what makes the whiskey in their glass, a world-class experience. We believe the key to understanding Irish whiskey is to taste whiskeys ranging from a wide variety of unique Irish distilleries. As of 2018 there are 18 Irish whiskey distilleries in operation, each different in their distilling approach. From large scale to modest production, the myriad of distilling techniques must be examined to acquire the knowledge and understanding of what makes each whiskey truly unique. The Experts are here to provide an inside look to what we’ve recently learned visiting a local distillery and transfer that knowledge at our whiskey training sessions.

The Great Northern Distillery, founded by John Teeling in 2015, sits in the heart of Dundalk, Co. Louth. Brian Watts, Operation Manager, invited The Whiskey Experts to see how a mega distillery maintains premium quality while producing millions of litres of whiskey a year. The size and grandeur of the refurbished old Harp Lager Brewery is obvious upon arrival. Everything is on a huge scale, from milling to maturation, areas of the striking distillery dedicated to each step of the whiskey process. Whilst passing through the warehouse, barley from every corner of the country was arriving every few minutes. Our tour was engaging and stimulating to all the senses.


The highlight of our tour was the heart and mind of any distillery, the lab. This is where the barley, water, yeast and new make are all checked to the highest available standards. To visit a lab of this standard, with staff so open and knowledgeable is beyond value. This is were new creations and old solid blends are conceived and maintained. To taste exciting new cask finishes, to see the spirits as they age over time. We even got to nose and admire a 73 year old Irish whiskey, but were sworn to secrecy on its future direction.


After the lab we saw the whiskeys in their new home. Thousands, upon thousands, of filled casks ready to start their long journey of wood breathing. Who knows where this whiskey will end up, but we know that we will be looking forward to sampling some of their products for years to come.


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Irish Whiskey Weekly News July 24 - 2018

Irish Whiskey Weekly News – July 24 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on Great Northern Distilleries bid to build a maturation facility for Ireland, an Irish whiskey mirror worth thousands and a Scotch whisky worth tens of thousands.

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


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Great Northern Distillery launches an appeal in warehouse bid

John Teeling is not giving up hope of developing a whiskey warehouse facility in Kilcurry, with an appeal relating to his previous bid currently lodged with An Bord Pleanala. In a specially convened meeting of Louth County Council held in early June, councillors voted to deny a material contravention of the County Development Plan, denying Great Northern Distillery in their application to build a 111-acre whiskey maturation facility in Kilcurry.

18 councillors were present at the meeting and all voted against the proposal. Great Northern Distillery’s Teeling, the man behind the proposed development, required 22 of 29 sitting Louth County councillors to back the plan for it to proceed. Now, despite an understanding that the plans were dead in the water, it has emerged that the company had lodged an appeal to An Bord Pleanala, arguing against the local authority’s decision. ‘The applicant is disappointed with the decison of Louth County Council to refuse permission for this development,’ the appeal stated.


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A pure drop of Irish history in this pub memorabilia

Year on year, as vintage whiskeys continue to break auction records around the world, the “pure drop” of the past gets pricier – and more elusive. On the face of it, the quiet roads around the village of Cloverhill in Co Cavan are a long way from this kind of international razzmatazz. But there’s a distinct buzz at Victor Mee’s auction rooms this week, and it’s not the bees in the hedgerows. The catalogue for Tuesday’s sale of Irish pub memorabilia contains items to whet the appetite of the most astute global collector.

The star of the show is expected to be an advertising mirror featuring Mitchell’s Cruiskeen Lawn Old Irish Whiskey. Lot 465 in the sale, it has a hand-painted central panel showing a number of gentlemen who are imbibing the product with obvious relish and carries a pre-sale estimate of €4,000 to €6,000 – making it something of a Holy Grail of pub mirrors.  Why is it so special? “Well,” says Victor Mee’s son Bryan Mee, “Mitchell’s had loads of different brands, but Cruiskeen Lawn hardly did any advertising. They had stoneware jars – you see a lot of those – and a showcard, which turns up occasionally. But the mirrors are extremely rare. And this one is in great condition.”


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Rare whiskey expected to sell for over £25,000+

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.


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