This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on Irish whiskey exports up nearly 20%, Whiskey Live is coming to Dublin Castle and New Alcohol bill -what does it mean for the whiskey industry?
So let’s see what’s been happening this week in our Irish whiskey weekly news.
New figures from the CSO reveal that the value of global exports of Irish whiskey increased 19.9% to €314 million during the first seven months of 2017. According to The Irish Independent, exports to America rose 22.2% to €189 million, with the US now being responsible for 60% of overseas sales for the sector. Meanwhile, the value of exports to other EU countries increased 13.5% to €92 million and Canadian exports jumped 33% to €8.5 million.
Commenting on the above data, head of the Irish Whiskey Association William Lavelle asserted this “phenomenal growth cements Irish whiskey’s position as the world’s fastest-growing spirit category.”
Whiskey Live Dublin 2017 will return to The Printworks in Dublin Castle on Saturday 25th November, with two sessions at 1.30pm – 5.00pm and 6.00pm – 9.30pm. Now in its seventh year, Whiskey Live Dublin is an international celebration that brings together Irish and international whiskeys, along with food and whiskey masterclasses.
Presented by the Celtic Whiskey Shop, Whiskey Live Dublin is Ireland’s premier whiskey tasting event, showcasing both the long-established and new arrivals to the Irish whiskey scene. Visitors have the opportunity to sample whiskey, whiskey cask-matured craft beers, whiskey cocktails and other Irish spirits including gin and poitin whilst mingling with producers and distillers from the industry. Some of Dublin’s best restaurants will also be present with food pairings.
Health Minister Simon Harris still faces opposition from his own Fine Gael TDs and senators, who claim the moves to reduce alcohol consumption will hurt small retailers and rural shops. It has also emerged that alcohol producers and businesses in the minister’s own constituency of Wicklow are warning of local job losses.
The Public Alcohol Bill was rejected by the Seanad more than a year ago, with government members opposing it. Lobbyists, including former government members, have since tried to thwart the health measures. Mr Harris will meet with senators this morning to discuss their concerns before introducing amendments in the Seanad. The changes, to appease concerns about extra costs for small shops, allow modest retailers to still sell alcohol in fridges without covering them.
Dublin Whiskey Tours
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Dublin Whiskey Tours offer you the perfect introduction to Irish whiskey in the heart of Dublin city. You will get to sample five great tipples while relaxing in some of the best bars the city has to offer. We offer a tour to suit every budget – choose from our Whiskey Tasting Tour, Premium Food & Whiskey, or our Deluxe Food & Whiskey. We can also organise whiskey events or parties for any size business – check our Corporate page for details.