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Irish Whiskey News – February 7 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on how the golden age of whiskey blends is upon us and Jameson’s meteoric rise in sales in 2018. 

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

Irish Whiskey News - February 7 - 2018 - blends

This Is A Golden Age for Irish Whiskey Blends

Irish whiskey lovers are luckier than ever. More blended Irish whiskeys have appeared in the last five years than in the previous 50. The transformation of blended Irish whiskey from a lifeline thrown by the few surviving distillers of Ireland to the life force driving forward one of the most thrilling whiskey-making nations is a truly remarkable feat. Irish pot still whiskey and Irish single malts deserve the love of aficionados, but for Ireland, the blend is saviour, champion, protector, hero, and guardian angel.

Unlike their Scottish counterparts, Irish blenders often work with whiskeys made under their own roof, which originated out of necessity given the dearth of Irish distillers throughout the 20th century. Furthermore, Irish blends can be made from any combination of the three distinct styles of whiskey produced in Ireland. This differs profoundly from blending in Scotland, where blenders combine just two styles, but many often use 30 or 40 single malts from different distilleries and over half a dozen grain whiskies to create their blends.

Irish Whiskey News - February 7 - 2018 - Jameson

Jameson toasts barrels of growth with 2018 sales figures

Sales of Jameson whiskey passed the four million cases mark in the six months to 31 December. The drink reported value growth of 8pc, and volume growth of 6pc during the period, according to interim results from Irish Distillers. Standout regions for the company included Sub-Saharan Africa, which saw 40pc growth (excluding South Africa), and Asia, where Jameson enjoyed 50pc growth in India.

Conor McQuaid, chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers, said: “Jameson continues to thrive and is now in double- or triple-digit growth in more than 70 markets across the world.” “Consumers are appreciating the full Jameson family, particularly our super-premium range, as seen by the growth of Jameson Black Barrel, up 26pc.”

The group also benefitted from the performance of single pot whiskey, with Redbreast experiencing value growth of 20pc.
Since 2011 Irish Distillers has released over 10 new single pot still Irish whiskeys, adding that the feedback from whiskey drinkers has been “phenomenal.”

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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – September 4 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on Teelings New Pot Still Whiskey being auctioned, Public Health bill is causing concern and Wild Geese Founder Andre Levy is fighting Pernod Ricard again. 

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

 

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - September 4 - 2018 - TEELING

Teeling Single Pot Still could make €10,000 in an online auction

The Teeling Celebratory Single Pot Still, the first whisky to run from a Dublin still and into a bottle in nearly five decades, has had a journey worthy of its name. The recipe is a combination of 50% malted, and 50% un-malted barley, a uniquely Irish mash bill made famous by the Dublin distillers who’s footsteps the Teeling Distillery now lovingly follow in. It was distilled in 2015 and aged fully for three years in a high-quality ex-Muscat barrel.

Now, the dream has been realised, and Whisky Auctioneer is delighted to bring to market the first Dublin distillate for close to half a century, the Teeling Celebratory Single Pot Still. Teeling has been far from quiet in the intervening period since their 2012 inception. The company is already leading the next generation of producers and has won over 175 international awards for the quality of the whiskey it has bottled, which is now exported to over 60 different markets. This auction represents a revival for Dublin in more ways than one, with all of the Teeling Distillery’s profits from the sale of these bottles being donated to local charitable causes in its surrounding Liberties area.

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - September 4 - 2018 - PUBLIC HEALTH BILL

Whiskey-makers critical of ‘ludicrous’ ad limits

Whiskey manufacturers have claimed new restrictions on alcohol advertising will severely impact the tourism offering of distillery visitor centres. According to the IWA there are 13 whiskey distillery visitor centres across the country, with plans for an additional 13 centres to open in the coming years. Last year, there were 814,000 visitors to the centres, an 11% increase on the previous year.

The association wants “last minute” changes to the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill as the legislation, currently proposed would see free-standing directional or way-marking signage containing the name of a distillery or alcohol brand banned from display at any bus or Luas stop, or within 200m of any boundary of a school or early-years’ facility.

 

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - September 4 - 2018 - ANDRE LEVY

Wild Geese – André Levy believes that the Irish whiskey category needs to be diversified

Earlier today, 29 August, Pernod announced that Irish Distillers’ Jameson has risen 14% in terms of sales over the past year, and according to Levy this is ‘deteriorating’ the number of independent producers of Irish whiskey.“While the continued growth in the sector and rising global demand is to be welcomed, the fact remains that there continue to be serious questions surrounding the market structure of the sector that urgently needs to be answered,” said Levy.

“Focus should be drawn to the fact that Irish Distillers, whose primary whiskey product is Jameson, has recently repatriated over €2.8bn of its capital to its French parent, Pernod Ricard. This staggering sum clearly demonstrates the dominance of this single market player within the sector and reinforces the call for opening the market to allow for increased competition. It is clear that this market is booming to the advantage of a small number of market players, and one in particular, and to the detriment of independent players. There needs to be much greater transparency surrounding Pernod Ricard and its dominance of the category.”

 

 

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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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