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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – July 31 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on a Pearse Lyons new 5-year-old Single Malt release, Lidl wins gold at the International Spirits Competition and what was really like during prohibition. 

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


Pearse Lyons Distillery Release Exclusive 5-Year-Old Single Malt

The Pearse Lyons Distillery last night celebrated the general release of the exclusive Pearse 5-Year-Old Single Malt. The single malt carries the first new five-year age statement to appear on a bottle in more than 25 years. The limited release whiskey was produced on two small-batch copper pot stills and aged in bourbon casks. Presented in 4,000 individually numbered bottles. This whisky will exclusively be on sale in SuperValu’s Premium Whisky section and select on-trade establishments nationwide.

Gearoid Cahill, Head Distiller at the Pearse Lyons Distillery said, “The release of the Pearse Single Malt 5-Year Old marks a historic milestone in the re-evolution of the distilling industry. We are really proud to introduce the first new five- year age statement in Ireland in more than 25 years.”

Irish Whiskey Weekly News - July 31 - 2018 - Lidl

Lidl whiskey wins Gold Medal at International Wine & Spirits Competition

It was a good night for Irish whiskey-makers at International Wine & Spirits Competition.

The biggest winners on the night were Tullamore D.E.W., who won the Worldwide Whisky Trophy for its 118-Year-Old Single Malt. It’s the first time that the award has been won by an Irish whiskey-maker since 2009. Entries for the award were received from nearly 90 countries worldwide. Brian Kinsman, Tullamore D.E.W. Master Blender, commented: Working on the Tullamore D.E.W. 18 Year Old Single Malt was a two-year mission to craft an extraordinary whiskey that embodies the complex character, subtle sweetness and triple distilled smoothness that define the best of Irish Single Malt.

Another impressive success story is Dundalgan 10 year-old Single Malt Irish Whisky, produced by Lidl, which also won a Gold Medal Outstanding in the category of single malt, 8-12 years old.


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - July 31 - 2018 - Prohibition

Prohibition America trumped Ireland for drunkenness ‘three times over’

“I can say honestly that in twelve days in America I saw more cases of alcoholic intoxication than I have ever seen in Ireland for three times that period, while the scenes attending many vessels’ departure from New York must be seen to be believed.” It was early in 1928 when one Irish Times reporter quickly learned what most people would come to realise: prohibition wasn’t really working.

A widespread temperance movement in the US in the early 20th century led to the ratification of the 18th amendment and the passage of the National Prohibition Act, also known as the Volstead Act. Between about 1920 and 1933, the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors became illegal. Adherence to the law, as our reporter found out, wasn’t exactly across-the-board. Far from it.



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Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Mar 12 - 2018

Irish Whiskey Weekly News – Mar 12 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on Teelings new barrel choices, The sad passing of Pearse Lyons and a chat with Louise McGuane of Chapel Gate Whiskey Company.

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


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Mar 12 - 2018 - Teeling Whiskey

Teeling Irish whiskey aims to challenge norms with barrel flavours

How do you craft something that’s recognizable yet wholly unique?

That was the question Alex Chasko, along with Jack and Stephen Teeling, asked themselves when they set about opening the first new distillery in Dublin in more than 125 years. They knew they wanted Teeling Whiskey to “challenge the norms of what it means to make an Irish whiskey,” Chasko said. But what, really, did that mean?

The possibilities were vast. After all, the only limitations they faced were legal; the Irish Whiskey Act of 1980 mapped out the basic requirements for the spirit. The law is straightforward: An Irish whiskey must be made from a mash of malted barley (it may include other unmalted cereal grains); it must be mashed, fermented, distilled to no more than 94.8 percent alcohol by volume; it must be matured in wooden casks for at least three years in Ireland and/or Northern Ireland; it can’t contain additives (other than water and caramel colouring); and it must be bottled at no less than 40 percent alcohol by volume.


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Mar 12 - 2018 - Pearse Lyons

Pearse Lyons, the Irish-born Kentucky billionaire who founded Alltech, dies

Pearse Lyons, the Irish-born Kentucky billionaire who founded the international agribusiness and beverage giant Alltech and was the key figure in bringing the World Equestrian Games to Lexington in 2010, has died at age 73. Lyons died Thursday morning followed months of hospitalisation from complications following heart surgery Nov. 1, Alltech spokeswoman Susanna Elliott said.

 A hard-charging businessman with boundless energy and an outgoing personality, Lyons also was a major philanthropist, focusing on education. Among many other contributions, he and his family have given science labs to schools, scholarships to science graduate students and more than $1 million to help the University of Kentucky’s Opera Theatre program attract and educate top students.

“Pearse was a builder,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “A builder of ideas and projects and people. A man of imagination, vigour, and enthusiasm. He was one of those rare, larger than life figures who had an influence far beyond our borders.”


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Mar 12 - 2018 - Chapel Gate

A drink with… Louise McGuane, Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Company

How did you start out in the industry?

I’ve been working for 20 years with a range of multinational drinks companies; I worked with Moët Hennessy, Pernod Ricard and Diageo in everything from strategic marketing to commercialisation.But I always worked abroad; I was based in New York and Singapore. I was always away, I never worked a day of my life in Ireland.

Where did the idea for the Chapel Gate Whiskey Company come from?

I had just got married and my husband was based in London, while I was living in Singapore. I had figured that if I grounded myself in one place then a lot of opportunities with these multinationals would begin to close off. I looked around and decided it was time to do something on my own, so in 2012 I looked back to Ireland. Irish whiskey was on the way up as a category, and we were starting to see some movement on the craft side, with independent distilleries popping up. Originally my idea was to create a craft grain-­to-­glass distillery on my family farm. But while I was researching I discovered this label that said ‘J.J. Corry special malt whiskey bonder in Kilrush’, which is where I’m from. I looked at the term ‘bonder’ and I discovered that Irish whiskey bonding was a huge part of the industry up until the 1930s, when it all but died out.


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