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Irish Whiskey News – Nov 14 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on a new spirit resurrected from a medieval text after 700 years and The Quietman Distillery in Co. Derry is not going ahead as planned.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Nov 14 - 2019 - Aqua Vitae

Original Uisce Beatha recipe to be released after 695 years

Aqua Vitae, a new spirit based on the first written record of a grain distillate in Ireland, will be launching later this month. After painstaking research, Chris Hennessy and Jarrod Cuffe have recreated Aqua Vitae using the original recipe created by Richard Du Ledrede, the Bishop of Ossory, in Kilkenny circa 1324.

First intended as an internal and topical cure all, Aqua Vitae is the original uisce beatha and the precursor to whiskey as we know it today. Its rich use of botanicals also makes it an ancestor of bitters. Aqua Vitae, launched under the name from the original Latin recipe, will be available in 500ml.

Instead of using standard botanicals the creators have opted for only organic ones, staying true to the original 14th Century recipe. Using a pot still spirit of 50% barley and 50% malted barley, they have recreated history in a glass.

Irish Whiskey News - Nov 14 - 2019 - Quietman Distillery

Quiet Man distillery plans ‘on hold for now’

One of many distilleries to be built in Ireland has been put on hold by the brand’s maker, Niche Drinks. They received approval to build the £12 million (US$15.4m) distillery in 2017. The move was praised at the time by the Irish Whiskey Association as “further evidence that the renaissance of Irish whiskeys is occurring throughout the island of Ireland”.

In November last year, it was reported that plans to build The Quiet Man Distillery had been scrapped. Speaking to The Spirits Business, Luxco CEO Donn Lux said “The Quiet Man brand just wasn’t big enough” to justify building the distillery. He added: “We would still like to do it at some point, but not right now. The brand is doing well, but it’s small. It was more of a tourism project the more we looked at it.”

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Irish Whiskey News – Nov 7 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on a new EU- China trade deal that will benefit Irish whiskey and Bushmills brings the art of whiskey and cheese together.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Nov 7 - 2019 - Irish Whiskey China Deal

Irish whiskey to benefit from EU-China trade deal

The agreement, which will also see Irish cream liqueurs protected, was finalised in Beijing on November 5th and has been signed by EU commissioner Phil Hogan. Whiskey distilled and matured in Ireland can now be labelled and sold in China as Irish whiskey. Trade group the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has welcomed the new agreement, which will allow the category to “crackdown on fake competitors”.

“Irish whiskey sales in China have historically been low, but the category recorded 50% growth in 2018,” said William Lavelle, head of the IWA. “Chinese consumers are increasingly looking for authenticity. This agreement protects and promotes authenticity and will grow sales. “The protection provided in this agreement will further give Irish whiskey producers the confidence to invest in increased sales and marketing in China, knowing that there is legal remedy to crack down on fake competitors.”

Irish Whiskey News - Nov 7 - 2019 - Bushmills7

Bushmills to bring the art of whiskey and cheese together

Bushmills® Irish Whiskey is collaborating with renowned cheese affineur and founder of The Cheese Tasting Company, Ned Palmer, to host a series of whiskey and cheese pairing masterclasses across Ireland in November and December. The exclusive events will bring the 2019 #BlackBushStories campaign to a close, following a busy calendar of immersive consumer experiences throughout the country.

‘Black Bush & Cheese’ will take place in Belfast at The Pug Lounge in Pug Uglys on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th November. The events are a first in Northern Ireland for the London-based cheese expert and will see Ned showcasing his favourite Irish cheeses as he joins Bushmills Brand Ambassador, Lauren McMullan, to introduce guests to the arts of both whiskey and cheese tasting.

The masterclass will explore the similarities between the crafts of Irish whiskey distillation and cheese making, uncovering the significance of the maturation process in each and how this reflects in their respective flavour profiles. Alongside this, guests will explore a selection of complementary pairings of Bushmills’ best loved whiskeys with artisan Irish cheeses and will have a go at creating their own pairings.

 

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Irish Whiskey News – Oct 31 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Irish whiskey gaining certification trademark in Taiwan and IT Carlow distilling student earns €1000 bursary from Walsh Whiskey.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Oct 31 - 2019 - Irish Whiskey Taiwan

Irish whiskey gains certification trademark in Taiwan

Irish whiskey has been granted a certification trademark in both English and Chinese with the aim of giving consumers in Taiwan more confidence in the quality and authenticity of Irish whiskey. Irish whiskey has grown by more than 44% in Taiwan over the last three years, according to the trade bodies. The legal protection follows recent certification trademarks for Irish whiskey in Australia, South Africa and India.

Miriam Mooney, legal advisor of Drinks Ireland and the Irish Whiskey Association, said: “The registration of Irish whiskey as a certification trademark in Taiwan is another successful milestone in Drinks Ireland and the Irish Whiskey Association’s global protection strategy. “It is imperative that we ensure the integrity of the Irish whiskey category is upheld in both established and new emerging markets. “The industry takes the legal protection of Irish whiskey very seriously and this year trebled its investment in protection, which enables us to seek legal protection for Irish whiskey on a worldwide basis.

Irish Whiskey News - Oct 31 - 2019 - whiskey student

Distilling student Gary wins €1k whiskey bursary

Gary Ring, a student on Ireland’s first honours degree course in brewing and distilling at IT Carlow, has been awarded the Walsh Whiskey €1,000 bursary prize for achieving the highest grades in first year. A mature student from Douglas, Co Cork, Gary worked for many years as a wine buyer for Musgrave’s SuperValu and Centra franchises and most recently the Barry Group that owns the CarryOut and Costcutter brands, which led to a curiosity about the production side of the drinks industry.

In 2017, Walsh Whiskey announced an annual €1,000 bursary prize to the brewing and distilling student who achieved the highest grades at the end of first year. The bursary, according to Bernard Walsh, founder and managing director of Walsh Whiskey, recognises IT Carlow as a centre for teaching, learning, research and innovation in brewing and distilling. “We are delighted to recognise Gary’s exceptional achievement through this bursary. Walsh Whiskey aligns very well to the brewing and distilling degree at Institute of Technology Carlow in that we both aim to make world-class contributions to the re-emerging and growing sector that is Irish whiskey. Our Writers’ Tears and The Irishman whiskeys are on the market over 13 years now and they will need world-class distillers of the future, like Gary, to ensure they remain the super-premium whiskeys that they are,” said Bernard.

 

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