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Irish Whiskey News – July 26 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on a rare bottle of Irish whiskey going to auction for nearly €10,000 and proposed Monasterevin Distillery is hit with more planning delays.

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

Irish Whiskey News - July 25 - 2019 - Rare Irish whiskey

‘Extremely rare’ Irish whiskey to sell for up to €10,000 at auction

An extremely rare bottle of old Irish whiskey is expected to go under the hammer for up to €10,000 at auction next week. The 1880s bottle of Cassidy & Co Monasterevin was matured by the Cassidy family, who made whiskey at their Co Kildare mill from 1784 until 1921. In recent years, the Ballykelly Mill has been restored by businessman Paddy McKillen, who plans to open a distillery and visitor centre on the site and revive Monasterevin’s heritage of producing fine whiskey.

The item is set to go for auction at Victor Mee Auctions in Cavan on July 31, with an estimate of between €5,000 and €10,000. The hand-blown, unopened bottle, is one of only two known such bottles – the other is housed in the Irish Whiskey Museum. The whiskey has been described by the auction house as the star lot in the Clermont Collection Rare Advertising, Pub Memorabilia and Architectural Fittings sale, which will take place over two days from July 30-31.

Irish Whiskey News - July 25 - 2019 - Monsterevin Distillery

Council seeks more information on Monasterevin distillery

Kildare Co Council has sought further information on a proposed €50m whiskey distillery and visitor centre near Monasterevin in which U2 frontman Bono is involved as a part-investor. Plans were originally submitted on September 10th last year for the large-scale development at Ballykelly outside the town.

The imposing seven-storey Malthouse was originally built around 1800 and was refurbished in the 1940s. The distillery would also feature a roof garden and viewing area on the protected mill building. The total floor area of the planned distillery and visitor centre is 5,051.4 square metres. The development will involve the demolition of several buildings such as sheds on the existing site. The venture is being promoted by a Dublin-based company called Jewelfield Ltd which has links to multi-millionaire businessman and property developer Paddy McKillen.

One of the investors is Bono but it’s not known if he has personally visited the site of the proposed development, which is located on the L 1002 road out of Monasterevin. Irish whiskey is in big demand internationally as Irish operators currently sell millions of cases every year. Experts believe the sector is in a strong position to surpass its 2020 target of 12m cases.



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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – October 4 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on the worlds most expensive bottle of whiskey ever sold at auction and Irelands  first whiskey auction site is to launch on October 13th.

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


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Irish Whiskey Auction

Bottle of world’s most valuable whisky sells for €950,000

A bottle of Scotch whisky, thought to be the world’s most valuable, has been sold for just over €950,000. The bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami fetched a record £848,750 (€954,500) at auction at Bonhams in Edinburgh on Wednesday.Described by experts as “the Holy Grail of whisky”, it attracted attention from some of the world’s most serious collectors.

The buyer was a private collector from Asia who bid by phone, auctioneer Bonhams said. The whisky is officially described as a 60-year-old, having been created in 1926 and bottled in 1986. The firm sold one of 12 other bottles with a label by the Italian artist Adami in May this year for £814,091.


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Whiskey Auction

Ireland’s first ever whiskey auction is looking for your old bottles

Ireland’s first ever whiskey auction is looking for your old bottles of the hard stuff – to turn them into liquid cash. A new venture by Dundalk businessman Anthony Sheehy will see the country’s first ever online whiskey auction take place later this month. The site will be selling off a treasure trove of the national tipple on October 12 in the first sale of its kind to be staged here.

Among the lots is a €40,000 collection of Middleton Rare dating from 1984 to 2017 belonging to a collector. There is the first collection of Dingle whiskey and a 1969 Middleton which is one of just 300 bottles of its vintage in the world and worth in the region of €4,000. But Anthony is keen to alert regular potential sellers that they may have some hidden treasure at the back of their drinks cabinets and kitchen presses.


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