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Irish Whiskey News – Oct 24 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the 2019 Irish Whiskey Awards and how whiskey has led to a breakthrough in graphene research.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Oct 24 - 2019 - Irish Whiskey Awards

Discover who won at the 2019 Irish Whiskey Awards

Ireland’s whiskey awards were held last week at The Dingle Distillery in Co. Kerry and are a celebration of Ireland’s burgeoning whiskey industry. The Irish whiskey industry came out in force to see if their whiskey had what it takes to garner an award. The awards are voted on by the Irish whiskey community and are free to enter, with all profits raised going to charity.

Here are the results in the main categories.

Overall Winners

  • Best Irish Whiskey of the Year – The Irishman 17-Year-Old
  • Best Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year – Bowe’s, Dublin

Individual Categories

  • Best Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey – Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy
  • Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey (12 Years & Younger) – Dunville’s PX Cask 12-Year-Old
  • Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey (13 Years & Older) – Teeling Brabazon Volume 1
  • Best Irish Blended Whiskey (RRP of less than €60/$66) – Jameson Black Barrel
  • Best Irish Blended Whiskey (RRP of €60/$66 or more) – Jameson 18-Year-Old Bow Street
  • Best Irish Single Cask Whiskey – The Irishman 17-Year-Old
  • Best Irish Cask Strength Whiskey – Redbreast 12-Year-Old Cask Strength
  • Best Irish Single Grain Whiskey – Method & Madness Single Grain Virgin Spanish Oak Finish
  • Best New Irish Whiskey – Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye

 

Irish Whiskey News - Oct 24 - 2019 - whiskey graphene

Researchers use Irish whiskey to create world’s strongest material

The discovery was made by researchers at the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research (Amber), hosted by Trinity College Dublin, when they were investigating new ways to make the material.

Graphene is one of the thinnest and strongest materials in the world, and is known to have unique mechanical and electrical properties. It is the world’s first 2D material, almost completely transparent. And at an atom thick, it is the thinnest material known to science. Its conduction properties open up potential uses in computers, smartphones and sensors. One of the most efficient ways of making it is through a process called liquid-phase exfoliation (LPE), which was pioneered by Amber researchers and produces nanosheets from layered crystals.

The new research found Irish whiskey could be used to produce defect-free sheets of graphene. The project also found that printable inks produced using the whiskey LPE process could be printed into nanosheet networks for future use in electronics such as RFID tags, data storage or pixels in OLED televisions. The team looked at a number of alcoholic liquids for the process, and found Irish whiskey – in this case, Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey – produced the best results.

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Irish Whiskey News – Oct 17 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the new Irish Single Pot Week Festival launch and Irish Distillers want a fair system for rare bottle releases.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Oct 17 - 2019 - Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey Week just announced

There’s a new festival coming this November, with the goal of raising awareness of one of Ireland’s greatest products – Irish single pot still whiskey. To celebrate the legacy and return to grace of one of the country’s crowning achievements, Great Irish Beverages has teamed up with some of Ireland’s top whiskey producers to roll out a very special festival – Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey Week, taking place from November 9th to 16th.

Great Irish Beverages director, Oisin Davis says, “Irish single pot still whiskeys are now geographically protected and finally back to being revered around the world. “Our unique style of whiskey could be what wines are for Burgundy or what malt whiskies are for Scotland, but there is a lack of awareness around these remarkable spirits in Ireland. We want to address that, and what better way than with a festival!

 

Irish Whiskey News - Oct 17 - 2019 - Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers: limited-edition releases must be ‘fair’

Irish Distillers insists its whiskeys are “made to be enjoyed”, but a growing demand for rare bottlings at auction is forcing the group to address how it launches limited edition expressions in a “fair” way. From our perspective, we produce our whiskeys to be enjoyed, not to be bought, hoarded and sold for profit,” Buckley said. “But it is inevitable for a product in a supply and demand market.

“For example, we launched Midleton Very Rare 30th Anniversary Pearl Edition in 2014, and we retailed it at €6,000. Now, it sells for double that price on the secondary market. “You just have to look at auction activity. Ten years ago, we wouldn’t have seen Irish whiskeys appear at auction. Now, there’s a lot more activity. Midleton Very Rare is now one of those brands appearing consistently in auction houses.”

In order to cater for growing demand and to ensure “loyal consumers” are able to be in with the best chance of getting their hands on limited-edition whiskeys, Buckley said the company has had to become increasingly imaginative in how its whiskeys are released.

 

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Irish Whiskey News – Oct 10 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Pernod Ricard finalising Castle Brands acquisition and Budget 2020 helps out smaller Irish distilleries.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Oct 10 - 2019 - Castle Brands

Pernod Ricard finalises Castle Brands acquisition

The purchase, which was announced in August, saw Pernod Ricard buy a total of 150,335,952 shares of common stock from Castle Brands, each valued at US$1.27. Carried out through a subsidiary of Pernod Ricard, the acquisition will see Pernod Ricard take control of Jefferson’s Bourbon brand, Goslings Rum, Knappogue Castle Irish whiskey and others.

Alexandre Ricard, chairman and chief executive officer of Pernod Ricard, said: “We’re thrilled about the closing of the Castle Brands acquisition and the opportunity it offers us in the world’s largest spirits market, the US, a priority market for the group.” As a result of the tender offer and the merger, Castle Brands has become an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Pernod Ricard, and Castle Brands’ common stock will cease trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

Irish Whiskey News - Oct 10 - 2019 - Irish Distillers Budget 2020

Distillers and small brewers toast the 2020 Budget

Distilleries in Ireland welcomed plans to spur increased venture capital investment in startups, which includes dozens of distilleries that have launched in recent years. Vincent McGovern, head of the spirits division of Drinks Ireland, welcomed changes to the Employment and Investment Incentive (EII) scheme for stimulating venture capital investment in Irish firms.

Budget 2020 will allow EII investors to claim full income tax relief in the first year of their investment. It also allows investors to double their investment to a maximum of €500,000 if they stay invested for 10 years. Mr McGovern said these changes would “help smaller distilleries as they recognise the fact that they are not the same as other small companies and that the practicalities of setting up a whiskey distillery are different”.

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