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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 – February 7 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on how the golden age of whiskey blends is upon us and Jameson’s meteoric rise in sales in 2018. 

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

Irish Whiskey News - February 7 - 2018 - blends

This Is A Golden Age for Irish Whiskey Blends

Irish whiskey lovers are luckier than ever. More blended Irish whiskeys have appeared in the last five years than in the previous 50. The transformation of blended Irish whiskey from a lifeline thrown by the few surviving distillers of Ireland to the life force driving forward one of the most thrilling whiskey-making nations is a truly remarkable feat. Irish pot still whiskey and Irish single malts deserve the love of aficionados, but for Ireland, the blend is saviour, champion, protector, hero, and guardian angel.

Unlike their Scottish counterparts, Irish blenders often work with whiskeys made under their own roof, which originated out of necessity given the dearth of Irish distillers throughout the 20th century. Furthermore, Irish blends can be made from any combination of the three distinct styles of whiskey produced in Ireland. This differs profoundly from blending in Scotland, where blenders combine just two styles, but many often use 30 or 40 single malts from different distilleries and over half a dozen grain whiskies to create their blends.

Irish Whiskey News - February 7 - 2018 - Jameson

Jameson toasts barrels of growth with 2018 sales figures

Sales of Jameson whiskey passed the four million cases mark in the six months to 31 December. The drink reported value growth of 8pc, and volume growth of 6pc during the period, according to interim results from Irish Distillers. Standout regions for the company included Sub-Saharan Africa, which saw 40pc growth (excluding South Africa), and Asia, where Jameson enjoyed 50pc growth in India.

Conor McQuaid, chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers, said: “Jameson continues to thrive and is now in double- or triple-digit growth in more than 70 markets across the world.” “Consumers are appreciating the full Jameson family, particularly our super-premium range, as seen by the growth of Jameson Black Barrel, up 26pc.”

The group also benefitted from the performance of single pot whiskey, with Redbreast experiencing value growth of 20pc.
Since 2011 Irish Distillers has released over 10 new single pot still Irish whiskeys, adding that the feedback from whiskey drinkers has been “phenomenal.”

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Andrew

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Irish Whiskey News – December 6 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Jameson’s Distillery winning Global Tour Experience Award and what effect is Brexit going to have on the drinks industry in Ireland.

 

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

 

Irish Whiskey News - December 6 - 2018 - Jameson

Jameson distillery takes home global award for tour experience

The €11m refurbishment of Jameson Bow St. has resonated with guests on the global stage as it has just been named the world’s leading distillery tour. Sharing the finalist list with well-known brands including Macallan, Hennessy, Jack Daniels and Jose Cuervo, the Dublin-based experience was given the accolade at the World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony in Lisbon at the weekend.The old Jameson distillery re-opened its doors in March 2017 after several months of significant renovation, in addition to a shake-up of the different tour options on offer.

The distillery first opened in 1780. It reached its peak during the 1870s and 1880s when it employed more than 300 people and produced one million gallons of whiskey each year. Three tours now on offer at the new site tailor to the desires of those who walk through the distillery doors; The Bow St Experience, The Whiskey Makers and The Whiskey Shakers.

 

 

Irish Whiskey News - December 6 - 2018 - brexit

Value of Cross Border Drinks Trade Highlighted

The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) addressed the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine on December 4th, highlighting the value of cross border sector trail. According to the ABFI, the aggregate value of trade in drinks products between the UK and Ireland in 2017 was €364m, with over 23,000 truck movements by the drinks industry taking place across the Irish border annually.

ABFI told the Committee that the Irish drinks industry operates on an integrated all-island basis with seamless cross border supply chains, and three cross border Geographic Indications (GIs): Irish whiskey, Irish cream liqueur and poitín. It noted that €1.6bn worth of drinks products were exported from the island of Ireland in 2017, with €1.2bn coming from the Republic of Ireland. The aggregate value of trade in drinks products between the UK and Ireland in 2017 was €364m, one third of which, or €121m, was the aggregate value of north-south trade. Meanwhile, over 130m glass bottles are imported into this state from the UK every year.

 

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Andrew

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