Irish Distillers and Mitchell & Son reunite the Spot family with the introduction of the Blue Spot

 

Irish Distillers, maker of some of the world’s most enjoyed whiskeys, has once again joined forces with the Mitchell family to unveil its re-imagined Blue Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey.

  • Highly anticipated Blue Spot has been re-imagined at cask strength, paying homage to the bonding tradition from which it was born
  • Launch marks the reuniting of the original Spot whiskey family for first time since 1960s

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Midleton Very Rare 2020

I was honored to be part of the launch of the Midleton very rare whiskey in October. This whiskey is part of the 37th edition in the world-renowned and highly collectable range.

Interesting to know is that each whiskey has been traditionally hand selected to include the most exceptional quality single pot still and single grain Irish whiskeys laid down over the last 4 decades.

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Rosebank 30 years old launch, marks first global release under Ian Macleod Distillers

Rosebank Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has announced the first in a series of annual, limited edition, releases – a 30 Year Old 1990 vintage, bottled un-chillfiltered at 48.6% ABV. To celebrate this year’s landmark launch, the distillery is giving a select number of customers the chance to “bank” a future expression of the rare liquid.

  • The first in a series of annual limited-edition releases from Rosebank goes on sale, globally, this year 
  • A lucky few buyers will also get the chance to secure a free dram of next year’s release to enjoy at a luxury bar or retailer in 2021 
  • Video: The distillery invited some of the world’s top whisky writers to enjoy the very “First Sip” of this year’s release before anyone else 

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Katherine Condon appointment as Distiller at Midleton Distillery

Irish Distillers, producer of some of the world’s best loved Irish whiskeys, announced June 22nd, the appointment of Katherine Condon as Distiller at Midleton Distillery, Co. Cork. Katherine will report to newly appointed Master Distiller, Kevin O’Gorman, with responsibility for the production process from brewing to distillation.

 

Tasting all distillates daily, Katherine will oversee the quality of all new pot and grain distillates produced at Midleton, to ensure the correct balance of flavours are present, before being matured and bottled.

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Visit Fèis Ìle

If there is one Scottish whisky festival that I’d recommend over all the others it’s the Islay Whisky Festival or “Fèis Ìle” to give it the correct Gaelic title.

The Fèis Ìle started in 1985 as a celebration of Islay & Gaelic culture and was not really conceived as a whisky festival. But whisky is a big part of Islay culture so it was inevitable that it would become an important element of Feis Ile.

The festival in its current format, whereby each distillery hosts an open day, started in earnest in 2000. Since then the festival has become firmly established as one of the highlight events in the whisky calendar and this popularity means you need to be well prepared.

So here are some top tips that will help you make the most of a visit to Fèis Ìle.

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Thousands join Birdhouse Ballot for the Limited Edition Redbreast Dream Cask Ruby Port Edition

Thousands of whiskey fans entered an online ballot to purchase the new limited-edition Redbreast Dream Cask Ruby Port Edition, produced by Irish Distillers at its world-renowned Midleton Distillery in Cork.

With just 912 bottles produced, a staggering 7,400 people signed up for a chance to purchase this year’s Dream Cask, launched through Redbreast’s Birdhouse online members’ club to mark World Whiskey Day 2020. Bottle number one will be auctioned the Celtic Whiskey Shop in Dublin, with all proceeds going to Marys Meals Ireland https://www.marysmeals.ie/.

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World Whisky Day and Whyte and Mackay take a moment to raise a glass to the whisky community worldwide

Whilst restrictions remain in place around the world, the annual World Whisky Day will return Saturday 16th May, as an online celebration of the whisky community. A series of events will take place online, featuring Jura Single Malt Whisky, and key figures from across the industry including World Whisky Day Founder, Blair Bowman, and special guests.

The world has had to respond to the challenging times we face, including the whisky community in Scotland and worldwide. WWD and Whyte & Mackay responded with a reimagined online event, to provide an opportunity for the community to come together, mark the day, and recognize the people in the industry in aid of The Drinks Trust – the charity for the drinks industry.

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Dubliner Whiskey

Three samples of Dubliner Whiskey Beer Cask Series, part of the The Dublin Liberties Distillery Tweet Tasting, held Wednesday April 29.

Dublin is the capital of Ireland in the province of Leinster. Brewing beer in Ireland goes far back in history. And the coffee (for what I’ve heard) is just astonishing and not to compare anywhere else, this made me curious about the Limited Edition of these series.

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The Scalasaig ‘Island Hopper’

It has been a while, but I attended a tweet tasting. And again, it was a blast.

This time it was inaugural Scalasaig Island Hopper release, which has a limited release to 3,000 bottles.

The whisky has been produced using ten unique casks of single malt whisky with a distinctly maritime style, which were vatted by and re-racked into first-fill European sherry oak casks to finish their maturation.

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World’s first Lockdown Whisky Festival

Tomatin Single Malt will be hosting the world’s first Lockdown Whisky Festival this April.

Alongside an array of whisky brands including Glen Moray, Arran and BenRiach, with a view to bringing enjoyment to the general public and the whisky industry which, like many others, has faced event cancellations and postponements in recent weeks.

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