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Irish Whiskey News -January 31 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Walsh Whiskey and Illva Saronno parting ways and Irish alcohol exports worth €1.25 billion in 2018.

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

Irish Whiskey News -January 31 - 2018 - Writers Tears

Walsh Whiskey and Illva Saronno dissolve joint venture

Walsh Whiskey said the separation is the result of the firm’s Italian and Irish directors disagreeing “on how to develop the combined business into the future”, despite current sales, marketing and distilling targets “being fully met”. The dissolution of the joint venture will result in the separation of the existing drinks brands business, which includes the Writers’ Tears and The Irishman Irish whiskey brands, from the distilling operations at the Royal Oak Estate in County Carlow.

The Irish directors will now take full control of the brand’s arm and will retain the Walsh Whiskey name for the business. The firm also stressed that Writers’ Tears and The Irishman will have “uninterrupted availability”. The Italian firm will assume full ownership of the distillery based at the historic Royal Oak Estate, which will be renamed Royal Oak Distillery. Illva Saronno will aim to “further enhance” the site as a “centre of excellence in Irish whiskey” through the improvement of its technology and processes.

Irish Whiskey News -January 31 - 2018 - whiskey industry

Irish Alcohol Exports Worth €1.25bn in 2018

According to Bord Bia’s Export Performance & Prospects 2018-2019 report. The report found that Irish alcohol drinks exports were worth €1.25bn in 2018. The US remains the largest market for Irish beverage exports, followed by the UK, Canada, Germany and France.

Irish Whiskey – Consumption of Irish whiskey levels globally are expected to exceed 10m cases by the end of 2018 for the first time. Notably, in 2018 the US market for Irish whiskey grew by more than 10%.

Irish Cream Liqueur – Irish cream liqueur has also enjoyed a strong performance with growth of 9% in value, achieving sales of over 7.9m cases in 2018, up from 7.2m in 2017.

Beer – The value of beer exports fell marginally in 2018, but the volume increased by 9%. This was as a result of positive performance on the European continent and reflects a continuing trend from 2017.

Gin – Irish gin is emerging as a category for the international consumer, set to be worth more than €5m in exports in 2018.

Patricia Callan, Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), said: “Today’s report proves that Ireland’s drinks industry is an export powerhouse, going from strength to strength. “Looking forward, the outlook for 2019 remains positive, driven by the popularity of premium brands and the growth of Irish whiskey in key international markets like the US.”

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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – August 28- 2018

This week we feature articles on Conor McGregor opening his new distillery, worlds most expensive Japanese whiskey is sold at auction and Irelands single pot still sales are rising.

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


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - McGregor

Conor McGregor looking to become top dog in the distilling business

The Notorious revealed that he is now running the “finest” whisky distillery in Ireland while acknowledging that Jameson is the current top dog, he vowed that his own brand will be coming to take over. In yet another hint of his ambitions outside combat sports, McGregor is not only driven to succeed for money but in memory of his late grandfather – who was an “avid” Irish whiskey man according to the 30-year-old.

“It is in my opinion, the finest distillery we have on this great island. We have the purest soil, with the freshest Irish spring water, and our golden Irish grain and malt are so golden, sunglasses are required to look directly at them. 77 acres of un-matched Irish soil. We are producing nothing but liquid gold here. Proper liquid gold.”


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Japanese Whiskey

Worlds most expensive Japanese whisky sold for $343,300

A bottle of rare Japanese whisky sold at a world-record price on Friday, the third record shattered this year for a single malt from the country. The 50-year-old Yamazaki first edition went for 2.695 million Hong Kong dollars ($343,000), including the buyer’s premium, at a Bonhams auction in Hong Kong. The buyer chose to remain anonymous, Bonhams said, but the auction house disclosed that the winner — who placed the bid by phone — was from Asia.

The previous record for a bottle of Japanese whisky was set in May when an expression of Karuizawa 1960 52-year-old The Dragon fetched HK$2.45 million at Bonhams in Hong Kong. In January, a Yamazaki single malt aged 50 years sold for HK$2.337 million at a Sotheby’s auction, also in Hong Kong.


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Single Pot Still

Single Pot Still increases share of Global sales

A unique Irish whiskey style is known as single pot still is now accounting for a growing share of the Irish category. While single malts are made with 100% malted barley and single grains are primarily corn-and barley-based, single pot still whiskies are made with a mixed mash of malted and unmalted barley. This lends a spicier, more peppery finish to the taste.

Last year, Irish Distillers invested $11 million in its Midleton Distillery in County Cork, Ireland, aiming to grow the facility’s single pot still capacity by more than 30%. Three new copper pot stills were installed at the distillery and became operational last June. At Walsh Distillery in Carlow, Ireland, commercial director John Kelly sees great opportunity for the single pot still style. “Single pot still is a fantastic opportunity for the industry to put itself out there as a category, and differentiate it from, say, Scotch whisky,” he says.


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Irish Whiskey Weekly News – July 10 – 2018

This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on a turning a negative into whiskey positive, Walsh Whiskey head to the Caribbean and what happens if you bring Pernod Ricard to court over your whiskey supply

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


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Marty

Turning whiskey into gold.

When Michelin man Marty McAuley’s career was on the rocks he took a shot at a new career that warmed his heart… hosting tours – and more – to celebrate Ulster’s historic links to whiskey. The 43-year-old Ballymena man was one of over 850 employees made redundant after the local tyre factory closed last month.

Marty adopted a glass half full attitude, saying he had never been unemployed in his life and was not about to start. So, in a neat move, he embarked on a career in whiskey to ensure locals and visitors get to appreciate the whiskey of Ulster and beyond. He explained: “I always had an interest in whiskey and obviously the interest developed because I enjoy a wee tipple myself. “The first thing I thought of when the Michelin factory closure was announced was tourism, and I discovered that Irish whiskey is the fastest-growing drinks market in the world and that the Irish Whiskey Association wanted to increase tourism.

He set up his website, which is jam-packed with quirky stories and must-read reviews about popular and obscure brands. Marty also does bespoke whiskey tours, and visitors have travelled from as far away as Japan.


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - The Irishman

Whiskey Distillery Releases ‘The Irishman Founder’s Reserve – Caribbean Cask Finish’ whiskey distilleries will close in next

Walsh Whiskey Distillery has released the second expression in The Irishman Founder’s Reserve Cask Series, a limited edition finished in rum casks from the tiny tropical Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. The Irishman Founder’s Reserve – Caribbean Cask Finish, a super-premium whiskey, is a rare vatting of Single Pot Still and Single Malt whiskeys finished for 6 months in Chairman’s Reserve Rum casks.

In recent years, as part of his research into new cask finishes for his portfolio of whiskeys, Walsh Whiskey founder, Bernard Walsh, has sourced casks from a range of countries including Spain, France, China, Kentucky and Italy. This limited edition, of just 12 casks, began in 2014 when he made the trip to the island of Saint Lucia in the West Indies in search of rare casks to give a special expression to his original whiskey.

The Irishman Founder’s Reserve is distilled entirely in copper pot stills and Bernard’s journey took him to visit the famous St. Lucia Distillers (established 1932) where they also use copper pot stills to distil their rum. While there, Bernard handpicked 12 oak casks and he chose to age them in St. Lucia Distillers’ iconic Chairman’s Reserve Rum for a minimum of 2 years from 2015. The casks were subsequently brought to Ireland in the autumn of 2017 and used to finish a batch of The Irishman Founder’s Reserve for 6 months.


Irish Whiskey Weekly News - Wild Geese

Wild Geese are taking Pernod Ricard to the High court

THE COMPANIES BEHIND The Wild Geese Irish whiskey has taken Irish Distillers to court for allegedly causing, and continuing to cause, “serious damage” to its brand. Avalon – who have the exclusive licence for the brand – and Protégé International Group -the exclusive sales agent in the EU – allege that Irish Distillers has “abused its dominant position” in the Irish whiskey market by refusing to supply it while supplying other whiskey brands.

Irish Distillers – whose brands include Jameson, Powers and Midleton – is contesting the claim, however, and said that it previously offered to supply its smaller rival but couldn’t agree on terms. Its large-scale production facility in Midleton in Cork produces a number of Irish whiskeys, and in a statement, the company said it actively supports other Irish whiskeys.  Avalon and Protégé are seeking a High Court order that would require Irish Distillers to supply Irish whiskey to them, as has been requested by Protégé consistently since 2001. The pair is also seeking damages against the whiskey giant.



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