Powerscourt releases Fercullen 18yo Irish whiskey

Irish producer Powerscourt Distillery has added a limited edition single malt whiskey to its portfolio: Fercullen 18 Year Old. Created by master distiller Noel Sweeney, Fercullen 18 Year Old has been aged in Bourbon barrels. Tasting notes include aromas of honey, vanilla, almonds, plums and oak wood, leading to flavours of creamy malt, vanilla, ripe fruits, syrupy caramel and spice on the palate. The finish is said to be malty with a long-lasting sweet spice.…

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Jameson Caskmates to roll out ‘simplified’ redesign

Irish Distillers has unveiled a packaging redesign for its Jameson Caskmates range in response to consumer demand for a “simplified product proposition”. Pernod Ricard-owned Irish Distillers has redesigned the packaging for Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition and Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition after undertaking consumer research in key markets including the US, the UK, South Africa and Ireland. The original Jameson Caskmates launched in 2013 as the result of a collaboration between Irish Distillers’ Midleton Distillery and Cork-based microbrewery…

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Spirits Europe calls for re-establishment of Parliamentary Intergroup

Trade organisation Spirits Europe has called for the re-establishment of the Parliamentary Intergroup on Wine, Spirits and Quality Foodstuffs in order to encourage “effective communication” with policy makers in the European Parliament. The trade body argued that the intergroup allowed for an “enhanced understanding” of the cultural, traditional and economic importance of spirits among key decision-makers in the European Parliament. Spirits Europe noted that there are 238 spirits registered as geographical indications (GIs) in the…

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Irish whiskey to benefit from EU-China trade deal

Irish whiskey has been granted protection as a geographical indication (GI) in China for the first time after the signing of a new EU-China trade agreement. The agreement, which will also see Irish cream liqueurs protected, was finalised in Beijing yesterday (5 November) and has been signed today by EU commissioner Phil Hogan. Whiskey distilled and matured in Ireland can now be labelled and sold in China as Irish whiskey. Trade group the Irish Whiskey…

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Spirit Master: Powers Three Swallow Release

To mark Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey Week (9-16 November), we highlight an acclaimed super-premium expression from the Emerald Isle. Every week, SB celebrates some of the top scoring Master medallists from The Global Spirits Masters blind-tasting competitions. We scoured the results from our Irish Whiskey Masters to find an expression that would be best suited for enjoying during Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey Week, which kicks off this Saturday. The Single Pot Still – Super Premium contingent produced…

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