SB voices: Irish whiskey needs more transparency

Irish whiskey’s soaring popularity is an extraordinary achievement for the category following its troubled past – but producers must be careful to ensure transparency across the board to protect the spirit’s future success, says Melita Kiely. Anyone who has been paying the slightest bit of attention to Irish whiskey’s increasing popularity will be aware of the category’s phenomenal growth over the last 10 years. A decade ago, take at trip to the Emerald Isle and…

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Method and Madness unveils ‘world first’ wild cherry wood finish

Irish Distillers has added two limited edition single pot still Irish whiskeys to its Method and Madness range – including a wild cherry wood-finished “world first” for the category. Method and Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Finished in Wild Cherry Wood was matured in nine casks made from wild cherry wood, sourced from France, for between seven and four years following a maturation period in ex-Bourbon and Sherry casks. The whiskey is said to…

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India agrees to protect Irish whiskey

Irish whiskey has been granted legal protection in India, the largest whisky market in the world. According to trade body the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA), the registration of Irish whiskey as a certification mark will mean that the category “can fully compete against other whiskies by reinforcing the authenticity of the product for the Indian consumer”. India is the largest whisky market in the world by volume, with 2.3 billion bottles sold in 2018, the…

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Conor McGregor’s Irish whiskey faces backlash over violence claims

Bottles of Conor McGregor’s Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskey have been poured down the toilet in response to the professional fighter’s alleged violence against a patron in a Dublin pub. A video published last week by US news site TMZ is thought to show McGregor punching a man in the head after he refused a shot of the fighter’s whiskey. The alleged incident, which took placed at the Marble Arch pub in Dublin in April,…

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Northern Ireland’s Copeland Distillery begins production

Irish gin maker Copeland Spirits has begun production at its new distillery in Northern Ireland, at the same time as unveiling a new brand identity. In February this year, County Down-based company Copeland Spirits signed a 125-year lease to build a distillery, visitor centre and events space on a 6,500-square-foot site in the harbour town of Donaghadee. Following 10 months of construction work and a £900,000 (US$1.08 million) investment, the new Copeland Distillery will open…

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