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Redbreast named best in the world

Redbreast 12-Year-Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey scored a remarkable 98 points to take home the competition’s highest honor.

Clonakilty Distillery Opens

Clonakilty distillery in West Cork was officially opened, since yesterday visitors are welcome and public distillery tours are running. Not few visitors are expected at the distillery on the south coast of Ireland: one would like to lead 35,000 visitors through the 10-million-euro-distillery each year and inspire them for Irish whiskey

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Re-Brand

It has already been an exciting year for Irish Distillers’ re-brands and it is only the 25th day of 2019.

Previously in the month, we saw a re-fresh of the Jameson original, and caskmates ranges, nevermind 2018’s re-brand of Midleton Very Rare. Well now we are seeing the much loved Barry Crockett Legacy.

Walsh Whiskey to split in two

Co Carlow-based Walsh Whiskey has announced it is to split the business after a dispute with part-owner Illva Saronna about its future.

Visitors To Irish Whiskey Distilleries Up 13% In 2018

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) have today published statistics which show that there were 923,000 visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries in 2018.

This marks a 13.4% increase on 2017, when visitor numbers reached 814,000.

€138m whiskey maturation development gets the go-ahead

An Bord Pleanála has granted permission on appeal for the development of 12 Irish whiskey maturation warehouses at Moyvore, Co Westmeath.

Powerscourt Distillery Launches Three New Whiskey Expressions

On the 7th of October the Powerscourt Distillery will proudly unveil three new Irish whiskeys under the brand name Fercullen; Fercullen Premium Blend Irish Whiskey, Fercullen 10-Year Old Single Grain Whiskey, and Fercullen 14-Year-Old Single Malt Whiskey.

Single Pot Still Irish Whiskies Begin To Take Larger Share Of Category Sales

A unique Irish whiskey style known as single pot still whiskey 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.

Irish Distillers planning first new whiskey plant in decades

Irish Distillers is understood to be planning a major new distillery to cope with the increasing worldwide demand for Jameson whiskey. It's also believed that staff have been informed the new distillery will not be located in Midleton, the Cork town that has been the company's distilling epicentre since the mid-1970s.

Sliabh Liag Distillery agrees distribution deal

Irish whiskey producer Sliabh Liag is preparing to launch its products in the UK and South Africa after signing two distribution deals.

ABFI Report Over 2.5M Visitors To Booming Irish Distilleries Last Year

The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) is encouraging people to visit a local brewery or distillery visitor center this summer, which it says are the ‘perfect staycation destinations’.

John Teeling warns of possible Irish whiskey drought

Whiskey magnate John Teeling has warned that there may be a scarcity of the Irish spirit within the next few years due to surging global demand.

This Irish whiskey sold out less than six hours after it launched online

A limited edition, 32-year aged whiskey produced by Irish Distillers’ brand Redbreast sold out less than six hours after its release, the label has confirmed.

Irish Distillers wants to “challenge perceptions” with its new experimental whiskeys

Irish Distillers has added two experimental, single-pot still whiskeys to its Method and Madness range.

Redbreast Announces A Legendery 32 Year Old Release

To commemorate World Whisky Day, Redbreast, the Irish whiskey label, is launching the oldest expression it has ever released on May 19, 2018.

Confessions of a Retailer: Celtic Whiskey Shop

Free tastings help get customers through the door, but it’s the brilliant staff that keep them coming back, believes the managing director of Dublin’s Celtic Whiskey Shop.

Gin May Be the Spirit of the Moment, but Whiskey is Here for the Long Term

 GIN may be the spirit of the moment but there’s little doubt that the long-term goal for many gin producers is, in fact, whiskey, which must be laid down to age before selling it — hence a roaring trade in quick-turnaround gin while they wait.portfolio at a later date.

Irish Distillers appoints new distiller at experimental site

Donnelly will be responsible for the day-to-day operations at the site and will work with master distiller Brian Nation on the development of “innovative and experimental” whiskies, which might be added to the producer’s portfolio at a later date.

New Bushmills Single Malt Releases

The world’s largest malt Irish whiskey brand releases 16 and 21 year old single malts 2018 release sees increase in availability of 16 year old single malt.

Another Irish Whiskey Arrives On American Shores

Much like the Irish immigrants of old, today there seems to be a wave of new Irish whiskey expressions coming to America. The latest of these comes from The Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Co., said to bethe  first modern Irish whiskey bonder (more on that in a moment). It is called J.J. Corry, ‘The Gael.’

Kerry firm has the right spirit

Dingle Distillery co-founder Liam LaHart tells Trish Dromey the company is ready to go global.

A west Kerry distillery is aiming to make the Dingle Peninsula as famous for its craft whiskey as it is for its wild rugged scenery, its characterful pubs and its friendly dolphin.

Irish Whisky From Biodynamic Barley

In March 2018, we became the first distillery to create Irish whisky from biodynamic barley.

Pearse Lyons, who built a $3 billion company and brought the world to Kentucky, 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.

Irish whiskey was once on the verge of collapse. Now, it’s booming.

Legend says St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. What drove out the distillers? That’s a more complex tale. (And a truer one, since archaeological records indicate Ireland never had any snakes.)

The Argument for Irish Whiskey

Don't dismiss Irish whiskey as a drink of the past—it's making a comeback you won't want to ignore. 

Irish Whiskey Sales Leading To Increased Demand For Irish Barley And Malt

The continuing global growth in Irish whiskey sales means that ensuring a sustainable future supply of barley and malt is critical to the continued growth of Irish whiskey, according to the Irish Whiskey Association.

Irish whiskey ‘on target’ to reach 12m cases by 2020

Speaking at the Heritage Malting Barley Seminar in Celbridge, Co Kildare, this week, William Lavelle, head of the IWA, said the industry’s 2014 target to double Irish whiskey sales from six million cases to 12m by 2020 is “on target to being met and exceeded”.

As the world’s fastest-growing spirits category, it is estimated that almost 120m bottles (10m cases) of Irish whiskey were sold in 2017, worth more than €600m (US$716m) in exports – a 20% increase on 2016.

Dead Rabbit founders to launch Irish whiskey

Muldoon and McGarry have collaborated with master distiller Darryl McNally to launch The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey, a five-year-old blend of Irish single malt and grain whiskeys.

Organic Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

The dawn of a new year at Walsh Whiskey Distillery in Royal Oak, Ireland, has brought the distillation of the world’s first ever Organic Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey. It will be released, under the Writers’ Tears label, in several years’ time.

The Shed Distillery Introduced Connacht’s First Whiskey in 104 Years

On the 21st of December, over 200 people gathered in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, to witness and taste a historic event: the opening of the first cask of Irish whiskey made in Connacht in 104 years.

Alcohol consumption declines in US but Irish whiskey sales buoyant

Alcohol consumption in the US declined dramatically again last year but sales of Irish whiskey remained strong, new figures show.

Irish whiskey distilleries see visitor numbers rise by 11%

The number of tourists traveling to Ireland’s whiskey distillery centers increased by 11 per cent last year, the Irish Whiskey Association said on Monday.

Irish Whiskey is upping its brand count

Ireland is the spiritual home of whiskey. And the literal one. As such, it stands distinct from its Scottish cousin, whisky. The story of whiskey and whisky is an ancient one.

Ireland’s whiskey industry challenges Scotland as world capital

Ireland and Scotland’s whiskey rivalry is as old as the drink itself. In the 19th century it was generally considered that Ireland was the whiskey capital of the world.

Tipperary whiskey company secures €5m in funding

A Tipperary-based whiskey company has secured €5 million in funding which it plans to use to develop its own distillery.

Why Should You Join the IWSA? - Interview with Allan Dwyer, IWSA President

This isn’t a sales pitch, but if you’re looking to get in on the ground floor of the rare Irish whiskey world, you might want to consider joining the Irish Whiskey Society.

That’s the spirit: Whiskey Live Dublin a treat for experts and amateurs

Whiskey Live Dublin, Ireland’s premier whiskey tasting event, took place in the Dublin Castle Printworks on November 25. It was completely sold out and, by all accounts, a resounding success.

Redbreast: meet the Irish whiskey family that has won over the world

Redbreast is a champion of Irish whiskey. With five siblings, this is a family of considerable distinction that has won almost every whiskey accolade in the world.

Proximo Launches "Approachable" Irish Whiskey

The Sexton has been created using liquid distilled at the Old Bushmills Distillery, which was acquired by Jose Cuervo in 2014 in exchange for giving previous owner Diageo full control of Don Julio Tequila.

The Irish Whiskey Industry And Licensing Distilleries

Irish whiskey distilleries have experienced tremendous growth in the last five years. By August 2017, the number of operational whiskey distilleries in Ireland had increased to 18 from just 4 in 2013. This demonstrates the scale of Ireland's whiskey growth and increase in demand both nationally and internationally.

Launch of New Zinfindel Finished Green Spot

Irish Distillers, has today announced the launch of a new addition to its Green Spot - Wine Geese series of Single Pot Still Irish Whiskeys, finished in French oak Zinfandel wine casks.

This entrepreneur left the global drinks industry - to build a global whiskey brand in Clare

BEFORE SETTING UP the Chapel Gate Whiskey Company, Louise McGuane spent “a decade in the air”.

“I was circumnavigating the world every three, four weeks,” she tells Fora. “I’d be doing crazy flights from Singapore to Rio pretty regularly.”

Everything You Need to Know About Single Pot Still Whiskey

Single pot still is like single malt, in that it comes from a single distillery, is made in a pot still and with barley. The difference is that, whereas single malts are made from 100% malted barley, single pot still whiskey is made with both malted and unmalted (green) barley.