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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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Irish Whiskey News – Aug 29 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Sliabh Liag Distillery in Donegal getting planning permission and Skellig six18 distillery to open before the end of the year.

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

Irish Whiskey News - Aug 29 - 2019 - Sliabh Liag

Sliabh Liag’s Donegal distillery approved

Sliabh Liag Distillers, producers of An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin and The Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey will commence building work on the new €6 million Ardara distillery later this year. Situated at the Show Field in Ardara, the distillery will be able to produce up to 400,000 litres of alcohol each year.

The distillery will primarily produce ‘authentic 19th-century styles’ of heavily-peated, triple-distilled single malt and pot still whiskeys. It will also produce gin, with the company’s An Dúlamán gin still moved from its existing location in Carrick to the new building.

James Doherty, managing director of Sliabh Liag Distillers told Scotchwhisky.com in an earlier interview that he hoped for a first distillation date of Christmas Day 2020. The building itself has been designed by Cornerstone Architecture with a ‘mix of contemporary and traditional finishes’ to ‘complement the village of Ardara’.

Irish Whiskey News - Aug 29 - 2019 - Skellig six18

New €10M Micro-Distillery Due To Open Along Ring Of Kerry

Skellig six18 is reportedly set to open a new €10 million mico-distillery along the Ring of Kerry. The micro-distillery, which intends to produce both craft gin and pot-still whiskey, will be operated by June O’Connell, who comes from the area. The 25,833 square foot distillery takes the place of a former sock manufacturing plant, which has been vacant for over 15 years. Before the end of the year, the distillery expects to have opened a gin school, an interim visitor centre and a bottling plant.

The distillery also hopes to have a two-tonne whiskey distillery operating by the end of the year, with its own stock available from the end of 2024. “The whiskey distillery will have the capacity for six casks per day on a single shift and the new facility has planning permission to run a three-cycle shift although it will be some time before we move up to that level,” O’Connell told The Irish Times.

“The initial plan is to produce about 33,000 cases a year and we’ll be maturing it here as well, although we won’t be bottling and selling everything that matures after three years,” she said. O’Connell and the other founders have invested approximately €1.25 million of their own money into the project, and are seeking to raise a further €3 million for the whiskey plant.

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Andrew

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