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Irish Whiskey News – July 26 – 2019


This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on a rare bottle of Irish whiskey going to auction for nearly €10,000 and proposed Monasterevin Distillery is hit with more planning delays.

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

Irish Whiskey News - July 25 - 2019 - Rare Irish whiskey

‘Extremely rare’ Irish whiskey to sell for up to €10,000 at auction

An extremely rare bottle of old Irish whiskey is expected to go under the hammer for up to €10,000 at auction next week. The 1880s bottle of Cassidy & Co Monasterevin was matured by the Cassidy family, who made whiskey at their Co Kildare mill from 1784 until 1921. In recent years, the Ballykelly Mill has been restored by businessman Paddy McKillen, who plans to open a distillery and visitor centre on the site and revive Monasterevin’s heritage of producing fine whiskey.

The item is set to go for auction at Victor Mee Auctions in Cavan on July 31, with an estimate of between €5,000 and €10,000. The hand-blown, unopened bottle, is one of only two known such bottles – the other is housed in the Irish Whiskey Museum. The whiskey has been described by the auction house as the star lot in the Clermont Collection Rare Advertising, Pub Memorabilia and Architectural Fittings sale, which will take place over two days from July 30-31.

Irish Whiskey News - July 25 - 2019 - Monsterevin Distillery

Council seeks more information on Monasterevin distillery

Kildare Co Council has sought further information on a proposed €50m whiskey distillery and visitor centre near Monasterevin in which U2 frontman Bono is involved as a part-investor. Plans were originally submitted on September 10th last year for the large-scale development at Ballykelly outside the town.

The imposing seven-storey Malthouse was originally built around 1800 and was refurbished in the 1940s. The distillery would also feature a roof garden and viewing area on the protected mill building. The total floor area of the planned distillery and visitor centre is 5,051.4 square metres. The development will involve the demolition of several buildings such as sheds on the existing site. The venture is being promoted by a Dublin-based company called Jewelfield Ltd which has links to multi-millionaire businessman and property developer Paddy McKillen.

One of the investors is Bono but it’s not known if he has personally visited the site of the proposed development, which is located on the L 1002 road out of Monasterevin. Irish whiskey is in big demand internationally as Irish operators currently sell millions of cases every year. Experts believe the sector is in a strong position to surpass its 2020 target of 12m cases.

 

 

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Irish Whiskey News – June 27 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Jameson reaching No.3 in world sales and the first whiskey cask auction gets ready to go live.

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

Irish Whiskey News - June 27 - 2019 - Jameson Whiskey

Worlds top 10 best-selling world whiskey brands

As Irish whiskey maintains its rising popularity, Japanese whisky and American whiskey strain to keep up with demand. Regardless, the world category is in a healthy place. According to this year’s Brand Champions supplement, there was strong growth across the world whisk(e)y category – with nine out of the top 10 brands in our list posting solid growth in 2018.

With new entries in the top 10 looking to disrupt the field, we uncovered the 10 best-selling world brands. After claiming the title of Brand Champion in 2018, Pernod Ricard-owned Jameson continued its growth trajectory to reach sales of 7.5m nine-litre cases in 2018. In the last 12-months, Jameson has unveiled a refreshed bottle design, the second iteration of its Dublin-aged 18-year-old, a new campaign with record producer Anderso.Paak and carried out a St Patrick’s Day expedition – it’s no wonder that the brand was cited with boosting Pernod Ricard’s latest nine-month sales.

2018: 7.5m
2017: 6.9m

% change: +9.3%
Place last year: 4

Irish Whiskey News - June 27 - 2019 - Whiskey Cask Auction

The First-Ever Online Whisky Cask Auction Is About to Take Place

On June 26th rare whisky and cask reseller Cask 88 will launch the first-ever online whisky cask auction, with a score of coveted casks available for purchase. The platform is designed to let your fingers do the walking and bid on barrels from a throng of masterful distillers. The first auction takes the theme of ‘Maritime Malts’—among the barrels on offer are the Laphroaig 23-Year-Old, the Kilchoman 12-Year-Old, as well as a first fill sherry cask from Orkney and a first fill six-year-old bourbon cask from Aultmore.

The online auction marks an important step for the spirits industry. Until now, procuring a cask has been a little cumbersome. Occasionally, distilleries may offer their tipple by the cask, or a barrel might roll onto the auction block—but it’s all been rather old fashioned (unfortunately, not the cocktail variety). “Online cask auctions are a natural next step for Cask 88. We have been in the whisky cask market for many years and have seen demand for cask whisky grow enormously during that time,” the director of Cask 88 Patrick Costello said in a press release.

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Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – June 20 – 2019

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on the opening of Achill Island Distillery and whether oats will make a comeback in Irish whiskey mash bills.

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

Irish Whiskey News - June 20 - 2019 - Achill Distillery

Ireland’s only island-based distillery opens in Achill

The first island-based distillery in Ireland has been developed by Irish American Trading Company, who invested over €4 million in the project with the support of Údarás na Gaeltachta. The company estimates it will provide up to 25 jobs, across the distillery and visitor centre, when it is fully operational and at capacity in the coming years.uring the heyday in the mid-1800s, nearly 90 licensed distilleries dotted Ireland’s countryside, according to the trade group Irish Whiskey Association (IWA). Most were independent operations. But those numbers whittled steadily over time, thanks to a range of political, social and economic factors.

Irish American currently produces two brands of whiskey: it’s Irish American Classic Blend and it’s Irish American Ten-Year-Old Single Malt. At present, Irish American sources its whiskeys from existing distilleries in Ireland and blended into their own brand, but the whiskey will be distilled from scratch in their Achill distillery, with production due to start at the end of July.
CEO of Irish American John McKay told The Mayo News that he was delighted to locate their first distillery in Achill and wanted it to be a landmark on the island for many years.


“The long-term plan is that the distillery will be a landmark for future generations of people living and visiting Achill. We hope to produce more whiskeys and Achill will be included in the brand. When the distillery is at full capacity further down the road we hope to increase the number of staff to 25 people,” he said.

Irish Whiskey News - June 20 - 2019 - Oats and Irish Whiskey

How oats are making a world whisky comeback

The humble oat was once a common component in the production of Irish whiskey, but a series of legislative and economic events caused it to gradually fade from use. As interest in the grain returns, whisky makers – including those from Scotland – are exploring the unique flavours oats can bring to whisky. Dave Broom investigates.

In other words, whisky made from oats have been around for a long time. There are occasional references to the grain being used in mash bills in Scotland from the end of the 18th century, right up to the 1908 Royal Commission. It played a far more significant role in the evolution of Irish whiskey, however.

In his history, Irish Whiskey, EB McGuire writes: ‘Before a duty was imposed on malt in 1785, distillers malted both barley and oats, but when the duty was levied it was assessed on volume and as oats swell much more than barley when steeped, malting oats became prohibitive.’ Not that they stopped being used. Illicit distillers used them because McGuire attests, the grain ‘produced a better-flavoured whiskey’.

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Andrew

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