Conor McGregor’s Proper No. Twelve whiskey joins US delivery platform

Professional fighter Conor McGregor’s Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskey has become one of the first brands to sign up to a new service that allows independent drinks producers to sell directly to consumers in the US. Described as a first for the industry, Thirstie Access allows “independent alcohol brands to build, manage and grow online storefronts within 24 hours”. Brands that have already signed up to the service include McGregor’s Irish whiskey Proper No. Twelve,…

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Fall in whisky sales pushing producers out of South Korea

Dwindling whisky sales in South Korea have driven several leading spirits producers out of the Korean market in the past year, according to IWSR Drinks Market Analysis. Last year, Diageo revealed plans to close its whisky bottling plant in Incheon, South Korea. According to IWSR Drinks Market Analysis, while imported beers, mixed drinks and wine have experienced “strong success” in South Korea, the whisky category – the majority of which has historically been Scotch – “continues to…

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Cask investment firm revenue tops €10m in 2019

Cask investment company Whiskey and Wealth Club experienced its “most successful” year to date after revenue reached €10 million (US$11.1m) in 2019. The company, which has offices in Dublin, Ireland, and Richmond, England, offers investors the chance to purchase casks of new make spirit from distilleries, which are stored in a secure bonded warehouse before being bottled and sold, or matured for a longer period. In 2019, the firm also grew its number of staff…

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Calls to end US-EU tariff war or risk thousands of jobs

Alcohol trade bodies have called for an end to US tariffs on certain EU distilled spirits, including single malt Scotch, after research estimated up to 78,600 US jobs could be lost if the tariffs continue or are increased. Trade body the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (Discus) and numerous other groups have written to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) urging an end to the tariff dispute. The US imposed tariffs on various EU…

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Irish whiskey brands to watch in 2020

Irish whiskey is in the midst of a renaissance and could be driven further by premiumisation in the coming year. We take a look at the brands likely to shine in 2020. If there is one word to sum up the Irish whiskey category, ‘resilient’ would be a pretty good one to use. From dizzying heights in the early 1900s to being almost wiped out in the same century, and now in the midst of…

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