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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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Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – Sept 12 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Drinks Ireland and the Irish Whiskey Association launching Whiskey 360 initiative and the worlds most valuable whiskey collection goes to auction.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Sept 12 - 2019 - Whiskey 360

Drinks Ireland & the Irish Whiskey Association unveil New Brand For Whiskey Tourism

Drinks Ireland and Irish Whiskey Association have today unveiled IrishWhiskey360° as the new brand and home for Irish whiskey tourism. The IrishWhiskey360° brand, website and social media platforms were today launched by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed at an event in The Jameson Experience, Bow Street, Dublin.

“Irish whiskey is one of the real success stories of the Irish food and drink industry, competing on the world stage with sales in over 135 markets,” said Minister Creed. “The industry has grown from just four distilleries in 2013 to 26 operational distilleries in 2019.”

“We aim to make Ireland the No. 1 destination in the world for whiskey tourism,” said William Lavelle, Head of IWA in Drink Ireland. “Visitors to Irish distilleries and visitor centres are set to break the one million mark this year for the first time ever. The launch of IrishWhiskey360° has been scheduled to coincide with and support the Taste the Island campaign by Fáilte Ireland.

Irish Whiskey News - Sept 12 - 2019 - Whiskey Auction

World’s Most Valuable Whisky Collection Set To Fetch $7.1 Million At Auction

Sotheby’s announced it will be auctioning off ‘The Ultimate Whisky Collection’ in London later this month, with the rare collection worth approximately AU$7.1 million. The owner of this incredible selection of spirits remains a mystery, but it has been revealed they are selling a total of 394 lots, comprising of 467 bottles and nine casks. The collection has 178 bottles of The Macallan Fine And Rare series worth an estimated $3.9 million alone and includes an ultra-rare bottle of The Macallan 1926, one of only 14 remaining bottles from the famous cask number 263. This tasty tipple is expected to fetch close to $800,000 by itself.

There are also two Lalique Six Pillars Collections (each a series of six bottles with an estimated value of $800,000), as well as a wall-mounted cabinet created by craftsman James Laycock that houses an assortment of 46 Macallan Fine and Rare miniature varieties from 1937 to 1991 (with a value of $156,000). Bidding kicks off online from September 27th and will end with a live auction on October 24th at the Olympia event space in West Kensington, London. For a full list of every whisky up for grabs, visit sothebys.com.

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Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – Sept 5 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Method and Madness releasing two new expressions and experiments in beer yeast for whiskey production.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Sept 5 - 2019 - Method and Madness

Method and Madness release two new expressions

Two experimental single pot still Irish whiskeys have been added to Irish Distillers’ Method & Madness range, both of which have been finished in non-oak casks. The Cherry Wood Finish is said to be the first Irish whisky to be matured in casks made from the cherry tree. The tree’s porous structure increases the interaction between the wood and whisky, resulting in flavours of ‘ginger, coconut and black tea’.

Kevin O’Gorman, Master of Maturation at Midleton distillery, said cherry wood had been the most challenging cask type the team had worked with since it began researching maturation in 2014. He said: ‘The rare, porous wood is different to anything that we have handled before, so it has been a real achievement to create the perfect balance of flavour – the result is a world-first in Irish whiskey, with a nose of coconut fibre and ginger, a palate of fresh green herbs, black tea and unmistakable pot still spices and a long, fresh finish with prickly spice and hazelnut.’

Method & Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Finished in Wild Cherry Wood (46% abv) is available in the UK and Ireland as well as global travel retail for around €92 per 70cl. Method & Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Finished in Acacia Wood (46% abv) is available exclusively through the Celtic Whiskey Shop in Ireland for around €92 per 70cl.

Irish Whiskey News - Sept 5 - 2019 - Brewers Yeast

Brewing yeast achieves ‘promising’ results in whisky production

A study being carried out by Heriot-Watt University and the Port of Leith Distillery has found that certain strains of beer brewing yeast “possess promising characteristics for whisky production”. The project, which is called the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) and is funded by Innovate UK, will test over 20 strains of yeast over two years. The aim is to determine how each strain contributes to the flavour complexity of the whisky. The study notes that until the mid-20th century, many whisky distilleries shared their yeast with the local brewery or used a combination of both brewer’s and distiller’s yeasts to improve the flavour and mouthfeel.

Since the 1950s, however, M strains of saccharomyces cerevisiae have been mostly used for whisky production in Scotland. MX, a new so-called super-strain developed in the 1990s, was recently introduced after it was found to initiate a faster and more efficient fermentation. Another yeast strain called Mauri, originally sourced from a baker’s yeast, is also used. Brewer’s yeast, however, has been virtually phased out of the production process.

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Andrew

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