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Irish Whiskey News – May 23 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey news features articles on Belfast Distillery plans resubmitted and Powers whiskeys new pre-made cocktail option is released.

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

Irish Whiskey News - May 23 - 2019 - Crumlin Gaol

Fresh plans submitted for long-awaited Crumlin Road Gaol whiskey distillery

PLANS for a multi-million-pound whiskey distillery and tourist attraction at the iconic Crumlin Road Gaol site are back on the table. The north Belfast development, first mooted almost a decade ago and spearheaded by lottery winner, Peter Laverty, is a step closer to reality after a fresh planning application was lodged last month.

The application from Belfast Distillery Company is for demolitions and alterations, both internal and external, to the vacant A-Wing at the prison to facilitate plant equipment and associated works relating to a whiskey distillery and visitor attraction. Belfast-based Like Architects is behind the latest design. It can be revealed, however, that Mr. Laverty, who first announced the plans back in 2012, will not be part of the new development.

Four American businessmen; James Ammeen, Joseph Babeic, William Bocra, and Mark Fuller are now listed as directors of Belfast Distillery Company, with Mr. Laverty stepping away from the company in July last year.

Irish Whiskey News - May 23 - 2019 - powers whiskey

Powers move into bottled cocktail market

Irish whiskey brand Powers is aiming to tap into the growth of the RTD category with the launch of its first pre-mixed cocktail – a take on the Old Fashioned. Powers Old Fashioned is made using Powers Gold Label, sugar syrup, and bitters herb flavouring. It is also said to be low in sugar, with 6g per serving.

Bottled at 38% abv, the new product will initially launch in Ireland at the end of May. It will be available in 500ml bottles through key retailers in the on-trade and off-trade, including SuperValu, Tesco Ireland and Dunnes Stores at an RRP of €29.99 (US$33.50). The release will aim to tap into the “growing appetite” for whisk(e)y-based cocktails and recruit cocktail drinkers to the Irish whiskey category.  Powers Old Fashioned also features a new bottle design that “balances modern cues with the rich heritage of Powers”, dating back to 1791. It features a new label styled on the historic ‘P’ signifier, which became one of the first trademarks in Ireland after it was registered by Powers in 1877.

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Irish Whiskey News – May 18 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on an AI designed whiskey by Microsoft and Grace O’Malley Irish whiskey launched at Howth Castle.

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Irish Whiskey News - May 18 - 2019 - Microsoft AI

Microsoft AI creates its own single malt whisky

Microsoft has partnered with AI company FourKind and Mackmyra Whisky to craft the world’s first AI-created single malt whisky. The golden-yellow whisky is described as “fruity and oaky, slightly salty, and with a dryish end”. Based in Sweden, Mackmyra’s distillery is powered by Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, which generates its own blends and flavour profiles based on Mackmyra data.

According to Microsoft, this includes “existing recipes… sales data, and customer preferences,” which can be used to create over 70 million high-quality whisky recipes that might be “popular”. In the words of Mackmyra’s Master Blender, Angela D’Orazio, “it is a great achievement to be able to say that I’m now also a mentor for the first ever created AI whisky in the world”.

 

Irish Whiskey News - May 18 - 2019 - Grace o'Malley

Grace O’Malley launch pays tribute to the pirate queen’s legacy

The spirit of Irish pirate queen Granuaile was alive and well at the launch of Grace O’Malley whiskey at Howth Castle. The famed pirate is believed to have kidnapped the Earl of Howth’s grandson from the castle making it the perfect spot to launch the brand’s initial ‘captain’s range.’

Guests were welcomed on arrival by Stefan Hansen, Hendrick Melle and Stephen Cope from the brand and invited to trial a selection of cocktails. They were also invited to sample the rare Grace O’ Malley 18-year-old single malt from the brand’s connoisseur collection. Renowned master blender Paul Caris flew into Dublin to preside over the tasting. The menu for the night paid tribute to the Wild Atlantic Way serving up Connemara lamb and Dingle crab cakes

 

 

 

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Irish Whiskey News – May 9 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Walsh Whiskey releasing a Writers Tears Double oak edition and Powerscourt Distillery unveiling a limited edition cask programme.

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

 

Irish Whiskey News - May 9 - 2019 - Walsh Whiskey

Walsh Whiskey adds Double Oak to its core range

Writers’ Tears Double Oak is the result of a collaboration between Bernard Walsh and the Legaret family in Cognac, France. The collaboration initially saw Walsh introduce French oak to its Writers’ Tears portfolio with the release of Writers’ Tears Cognac Cask. The French oak-influenced liquid will now become a permanent feature in the product line-up through the introduction of Double Oak. Bernard Walsh, founder and managing director of Walsh Whiskey, said: “At Walsh, we are driven by an endless quest for the perfect ‘drop’ of Irish whisky as part of our family’s dream to create a legacy of whiskey excellence. “Our fascination with what has gone before us provides an endless well of inspiration and that led us to work our way back to exploring what French oak first brought to our taste profile in the 1800s. I look forward to hearing what followers of Writers’ Tears think of our addition to the family.”

Double Oak has been matured in both American and French oak casks, with the American barrels imparting “bolder flavours” such as vanilla, while the French oak influence offers “silky tannins, a light sweetness and fruity flavours”. The third expression in the Writers’ Tears core range is triple-distilled, non-chill filtered and bottled at 46% abv. Writers’ Tears Double Oak will be first available in the USA, Russia, UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Ireland, with a recommended retail price of US$64.99.

Since then, and particularly in the last decade, the industry has had a comeback. Driven in part by a worldwide boom and the success of legacy brand Jameson, the energy behind what once made the category exciting has returned. And, as of January, the IWA counted 21 operational facilities, with another 26 in various stages of planning to open in the near future. These producers are eager to make their mark on the country’s signature spirit. Since good whiskey takes time to make and age, many upstarts work with at least some distillate made elsewhere to blend whiskeys or add unique finishes. Yet, each pushes Irish whiskey forward in their own way. Discover five of the innovative distilleries shaping the way it looks today, and what it may become in the future.

 

Irish Whiskey News - May 9 - 2019 - Powerscourt Distillery

Powerscourt Distillery Launches Cask Programme

The Powerscourt Distillery and Visitor Centre have announced details of a limited-availability cask membership programme. The distillery and visitor centre, located on the Powerscourt Estate in Enniskerry, began producing Irish whiskey in 2018. The cask membership programme will be restricted to a membership of 397 200L casks, each one representing a foot of water from the nearby 397ft Powerscourt Waterfall. Together with cask ownership, other benefits of the programme will include distillery shopping discounts, early access to future limited and special releases, annual samplings and special tasting events. It also includes an exclusive bottling of the otherwise unavailable Powerscourt Distillery Fercullen 16-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey.

Alex Peirce, chief executive of The Powerscourt Distillery, said that the cask programme provides a once-off opportunity to become part of the unfolding story of whiskey distilling on Powerscourt Estate. “The past few years have seen a lot of careful preparatory work, and we now have a whiskey distillery located in an extraordinary setting, complemented by a world-class visitor centre and facilities, and an onsite maturation warehouse all in the one place,” Peirce stated. “We also have one of Ireland’s most decorated and recognisable distillers, Noel Sweeney, at the helm of our distilling operations.”

 

 

 

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