This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on Clonakilty Distillery opening in the summer of 2018, Irish Distillers release Jameson IPA edition and The Irish Times release their top ten whiskeys for Christmas.
So let’s see what’s been happening this week in our Irish whiskey weekly news.
The Clonakilty Distillery, located on the Wild Atlantic Way route in Clonakilty, was founded by the Scully family, who have farmed by the coastal land for eight generations. The distillery plans to produce a triple-distilled single pot still whiskey using malted and unmalted barley, grown on a family-owned farm and by neighbouring farmers along this coastal region.
It will be matured in a nearby Atlantic Ocean Warehouse, cut with own deep well water and matured in carefully selected casks. Until the whiskey is ready, the distillery plans to launch a blend from select casks from other Irish distilleries in early 2018. The product is said to be carefully blended to “produce a profile that reflects the Clonakilty brand”.
The distillery also plans to launch a gin, created using botanicals harvested from the coastline of the family-owned farm. The distillery will also feature a visitor centre, where guests can learn about the location and the influence of terroir in the products, as well as a restaurant and gift shop.
Bottled at 40% ABV, Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition is available from December 2017 in the USA and January 2018 in Ireland, after successfully trialling the drink with consumers last September.
Jean-Christophe Coutures, chief executive of Irish Distillers, said: “Irish Distillers has a long history of innovation within the Irish whiskey category and we are incredibly proud of the latest chapter in this story of creative experimentation. This new addition to the Jameson Caskmates family was trialled in the Irish market exclusively since September 2017 and the response has been fantastic. We have no doubt that Jameson Caskmates IPA will be as popular throughout the world as it has been in its homeland of Ireland.”
It is hard to believe, given the vast array of bottles on display at Dublin Airport and other outlets, but there are still only half-a-dozen distilleries actually producing whiskey in this country. The rest buy in mature stocks and further age, finish, blend or otherwise leave their unique mark on the final product.
Some are excellent, others ordinary, and the price is not always a good indicator of quality. Certainly, there appears to be an appetite for €100-plus offerings. This autumn we have a flurry of new releases from producers anxious to catch the important Christmas market. Interest in Irish whiskey is at an all-time high, crossing all ages and gender, so this could be the ideal present for that difficult friend or relative.
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