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Irish Whiskey News – July 11 – 2019


This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the Irish Whiskey Association’s defence of its technical file and Lambay Whiskey and Whiskey Island launch their private island whiskey experience. 

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

Irish Whiskey News - July 11 - 2019 - IWA

IWA responds to claims Irish whiskey laws favour Pernod

The Irish Whiskey Association has responded to claims that its Geographical Indication and Technical File is in danger of ‘dumbing down’ the category. In 2014 the IWA secured a GI and Technical File to define and control the production of Irish whiskey but now these rules have met opposition from Irish distiller Blackwater, which argues these definitions benefit Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers. A blog post written by Blackwater says that the legislation, particularly the definition of Irish pot still whiskey, is inaccurate and restrictive.

Blackwater points to archaic British laws which forbid distillers from bringing in wash – distiller’s beer – from outside the distillery, and the definition of the grain make up of a pot still whiskey – which limits the use of other grains apart from barley to just 5% of the mash bill. The distiller says this is not in keeping with many traditional and historical mash bill recipes, suggesting that the rules are designed to reflect the recipes that biggest producer Irish Distillers uses for its current pot still whiskeys.

William Lavelle, head of the Irish Whiskey Association, has defended the Association’s role in securing the GI and Technical File. “There have been a number of very important moments that have shaped the future of Irish whiskey, and securing the GI from the European Union in 2014 was one of those key moments,” said Lavelle. “Defining Irish whiskey and its main styles was a difficult process, as a broad catch-all definition for any of the distinctive whiskeys would weaken the claim for the GI.

Irish Whiskey News - July 11 - 2019 - Lambay Whiskey

Lambay Whiskey and Whiskey Island launch Private Island Whiskey Experience

Lambay Whiskey and Whiskey Island have just launched a private island whiskey experience. Lambay Whiskey is offering private groups the chance to experience Lambay Island – a private island owned by the Baring family – and to taste their cognac cask finished Irish whiskey straight from the cask. 

You will get to visit the island and meet with the Baring family and sample what makes this island so unique. Leaving from Malahide and arriving at Lambay 25 minutes later you will take a walking tour of the island where you may see wallabies, puffins and herds of island deer before you make your way to the Bothy to sample a three-part Lambay Whiskey tasting.

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Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – July 18 – 2019


This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Killowen distillery releasing its first gin and poitín and Jameson release a triple cask variant.

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

Irish Whiskey News - July 18 - 2019 - Killowen

Killowen Distillery releases their first Gin and Poitin

Killowen Distillery will be releasing its first small batch Gin and Poitin today. The bottles will be available to order directly online across 31 countries, including the USA through Irishmalts.com. Focusing on centuries of gin making in Ireland, Killowen Distillery place seasonal botanicals to the fore, many of which are handpicked from the immediate locality. The result is an unusual gin celebrating its maritime and highland environment within the Mourne Mountains.

Killowen’s unique distillation methods include flame fed stills, worm tub condensation and unique pot stills moulded on Irish whiskey stills of old. The Mash Bills (whiskey recipes) are reflective of Irish whiskey from a time when Irish whiskey was the drink of choice throughout the world.

Killowen’s poitín encapsulates these historical disciplines of our native spirit to create a truly superior spirit fitting of the word poitín. It hits the nose with the scent of grass and pine cones. The tongue can taste the oatmeal and vanilla. The spices can be felt in the swallow.

 

Irish Whiskey News - July 18 - 2019 - Jameson Triple

 New Jameson adds Third Cask Type To Mix

Fans of Jameson Irish Whiskey generally know that this well-loved brand is triple distilled and blended from a combination of whiskies drawn from ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. Those that make this whiskey are now looking to shake things up a bit with the introduction of a third cask type into the maturation process.

The new Jameson Triple Triple, according to those behind it, has been triple distilled and blended from a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks with the addition of hand-selected casks that have been seasoned with fortified wine from Malaga. The Malaga cask contribution is said to add “notes of citrus, orchard fruits and spice resulting in a whiskey that has a subtle sweetness and an extra drop of smoothness.”

“At Jameson, we’ve known that good things come in threes ever since John Jameson set up his distillery on Bow Street in Dublin and introduced the world to triple-distilled Jameson Irish Whiskey,” said Billy Leighton, Master Blender at Midleton Distillery, in a prepared statement. “Jameson Triple Triple is no exception to this rule. Our single pot still and single grain Irish whiskeys have been further enhanced through triple cask maturation to create an exciting new taste experience.”

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Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – July 4 – 2019


This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on nearly 3 million visitors to Irelands brewery and distillery centres and the TTB in the US moves forward with bottle change plans.

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

Irish Whiskey News July 3 - 2019 - Whiskey Tourism

Number Of Visitors At Irish Breweries And Distilleries reach nearly 3 million.

Recent statistics from the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland show that brewery and distillery visitor centres benefit Ireland’s tourism. The number of visitors to brewery and distillery visitor centres increased by 7.2% from 2017 to 2018, and ABFI said the number of visitors is expected to grow.

According to a statement, 2,590,215 million people visited the centres in 2017 and 2,778,500 people visited the centres in 2018. There are at least 24 visitor centres. Almost 35% of visitors were from North America, and almost 13%, came from the UK. Irish citizens made up just over 7% of the total visitors, and Germany and France each made up about 5%.

Irish Whiskey News July 3 - 2019 - Whiskey labelling

 TTB moves forward with whiskey bottle plans

July 3, 2019 – In a move certain to set off fireworks within the distilled spirits industry, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Tax & Trade Bureau appears to be “fast-tracking” a plan to eliminate most of the requirements for distilled spirits and wine bottle sizes. The agency published its notices of proposed rulemaking on Monday, kicking off a public comment period that will end August 30.

The agency’s rationale for considering the change covers both increased purchasing options for consumers while eliminating regulations that “inhibit competition and the movement of goods in domestic and international commerce.” The current regulations ban the import and sale of distilled spirits in 700-millilitre bottles, which is the European Union standard. As a result, U.S. whisky makers who want to export their products to Europe face the increased cost of producing 750ml bottles for the domestic market and 700ml bottles for export. European whisky and spirits makers, including all Scotch and Irish Whiskey brands, face the same problem when they want to export their products to the United States. 

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Andrew

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