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Irish Whiskey News – Mar 12 – 2020

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on €40,000 bottle of Irish whiskey goes to auction and Wayward Spirits release The Liberator Irish whiskey.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Mar 12 - 2020 - Irish Whiskey Auctions

€40k bottle of whiskey to be the star attraction at latest Irish Whiskey Auctions

Described as ‘Ireland’s oldest-ever whiskey collection’, the Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter One is a 45-Year-Old peated Irish single malt whiskey, which was distilled in 1974 and matured in a third-fill sherry cask. The Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection is a collection of six releases. The first is that 45-year-old Irish single malt. There will be one release annually until the year 2025, ranging in age from 45 to 50 years old, all from the fabled Old Midleton Distillery (operating 1825-1975). The last release will coincide with Old Midleton Distillery’s 200th birthday.

Limited to just 48 bottles costing £32,000 (€35,000) each, Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter One bottles are now a collector’s dream. Irish whiskey site, Irish Whiskey Actions, has just secured one of the elusive bottles for its forthcoming online whiskey auction. Opening online on Friday 13th March at 5pm, the Midleton Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter One bottle is set to be the star of the show with enquiries already being fielded from collectors from across Ireland, the UK and the US. “Irish whiskey has been enjoying a huge renaissance and there’s international demand for our finest and rarest whiskeys. In the past 18 months, we have auctioned over 5,000 bottles of whiskey, but this is the most exclusive and valuable bottle that we’ve auctioned to date,” comments Anthony Sheehy, Founder of Irish Whiskey Auctions.

 

Irish Whiskey News - Mar 12 - 2020 - Liberator WhiskeyWayward Irish Spirits Launches The Liberator Irish Whiskey

The Liberator Irish Whiskey been matured initially in first fill American ex-Bourbon casks and then finished for nine months in fresh ex Tawny port casks. The Tawny port finish contributes intensity, richness and complexity to the whiskey: figs, apple and pear on the nose, a rich taste of cocoa, clove and blackcurrant, and a warming long finish. Wayward Irish Spirits is a new family-owned company based in Lakeview Estate, Killarney. It reconnects the founder, Maurice O’Connell, with his family’s roots of supplying spirits to the gentry of Kerry. As early as 1450 the O’Connells were based at Ballycarbery Castle near Caherciveen, importing wines and brandies from Spain.

As well as blending and bottling spirits initially produced by other distillers, the company also grows barley on the family estate which is small batch malted and distilled for them into Pot Still spirit to their mash bill and specification. The 2018 crop was distilled last year and has returned to the estate for maturation. From 2024 Wayward will start distilling this part of production onsite with the ambition to become a single estate grain to glass distillery. Maurice continued: “Our Liberator range is sourced from some of Ireland’s finest distilleries and finished in our traditional 300-year-old stone bonded storehouse on the Estate. The inaugural release batch is a vatting of single malts sourced from different distilleries: 25% is a minimum of 13 years, the balance a minimum of 4 years. We practice a procedure called the ‘gentle cut’ whereby the Whiskey is cut from cask strength (about 61% abv) to bottling strength (46%) by adding spring water in stages over a period of about 5 weeks.”

 

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Irish Whiskey News – Sept 19 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Jameson releasing two new caskmate expressions and Irish Whiskey Auctions picks up prestigious business accreditation.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Sept 19 - 2019 - Jameson Caskmates

Jameson Rolls Out Two New Caskmates Collaborations

Jameson is teaming up with two American craft breweries—Bale Breaker Brewery in Yakima, Washington, and Revolution Brewing in Chicago—on their latest Caskmates releases, which they’re calling the Jameson Caskmates Hyperlocal Limited Editions. Brewers from both breweries travelled to Ireland to brew their beers, which were then used to season Jameson barrels. The barrels were then filled with Jameson’s triple-distilled blend resulting in a liquid that has been “patiently finished in local craft beer-seasoned barrels.”

“Jameson’s commitment to local neighbourhoods is the cornerstone of our connection with whiskey drinkers and local tastemakers, across the country,” said Paul Di Vito, vice president of Jameson Irish Whiskey, Pernod Ricard USA, in a prepared statement. “Jameson Caskmates Hyperlocal Editions allow us to put the spotlight on these local breweries, devising a spirit that embodies the taste of our neighbourhoods.”

 

Irish Whiskey News - Sept 19 - 2019 - Irish Whiskey Auctions

Irish Whiskey Auctions awarded All-Ireland Business All-Star accreditation

Irish Whiskey Auctions (IWA) – a Dundalk based business has achieved a quality mark signifying it meets the highest standards of service and trust and becomes one of the first whiskey-based businesses to achieve this accreditation. IWA was awarded the coveted All-Ireland Business All-Star accreditation on Thursday 12th September at an awards ceremony held in Croke Park. What makes this achievement even greater is that the business is only celebrating its first year in business in October next.

Dr Hynes said the accreditation, which is now held by over 350 firms, is needed by the thousands of small and medium businesses which operate to their own standards but have nothing to measure them by. “We evaluate a company’s background, trustworthiness and performance, and we speak to customers, employees and vendors,” she said. “We also anonymously approach the company as a customer and report back on the experience.

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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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