Irish Distillers announces the appointment of Henry Donnelly as new Distiller at the Micro Distillery at Midleton

Irish Distillers, Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, today announced the appointment of Henry Donnelly as the new Distiller of the Micro Distillery at the Midleton Distillery in Co Cork. 

As part of his new role, Henry will be responsible for the day to day operations of the Micro Distillery in Midleton and will work closely with Master Distiller Brian Nation on the production of innovative and experimental new whiskeys to add to the existing Irish Distillers portfolio. Continue reading

Gordon & MacPhail’s new look Connoisseurs Choice leads portfolio relaunch

Scotch whisky maturation expert, Gordon & MacPhail, has announced the relaunch of its portfolio of single malt Scotch whiskies to continue strengthening the reputation of the brand globally.

The 122-year-old, family-owned company is streamlining its existing portfolio into five distinct ranges: ‘Discovery’, ‘Distillery Labels’, ‘Connoisseurs ChoicePrivate Collection’, and ‘Generations’. Each range celebrates Gordon & MacPhail’s single-minded commitment to the art of Scotch whisky maturation.

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Home of Jameson celebrates its first birthday as most-visited whiskey experience in the world

Irish Distillers, Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines, and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, today announced that Jameson Distillery Bow St. is the most-visited whiskey experience in the world – with visitor numbers topping more than 350,000 in the first year since it reopened in March 2017 following a €11M refurbishment.

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Loch Lomond Group toasts World Whiskies Awards success

Loch Lomond Group’s single malts triumphed across a range of categories at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards, including a trio of prestigious Best in Class accolades.

The Loch Lomond Inchmoan 12-Year-Old Single Malt, which is produced at the group’s Alexandria distillery on the banks of Loch Lomond won the highly competitive Best Highland Malt 12 and Under category,  while the group’s Glen Scotia distillery in Campbeltown scooped a further two Best in Class awards.

Glen Scotia 18-Year-Old Single Malt was crowned Best Campbeltown Malt 13-20 while Glen Scotia Campbeltown 1832, which is part of Loch Lomond Group’s global travel retail range, was named Best Campbeltown Malt No Age.

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Kneads must – whisky and donuts make for a sweet sensation at Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Whisky aficionados who descend on one of the world’s leading whisky festivals have many hobbies and interests – and one will be sharing his love of donuts and drams at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2018.

The event ‘Here’s Johnny’ is more The Simpsons than The Shining, given donuts are Homer Simpson’s favourite food, and comes all the way from the USA, courtesy of Californian, Johnny Baldaray. He’s commissioned a specialist donut maker in Edinburgh to create some delicious delicacies to sample alongside half a dozen whiskies.

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Wemyss Malts, Nectar Grove

Weymess Malts has done it again. They released Nectar Grove, a new blended Scotch malt whisky.

Weymess Malts selected Highland Scotch whiskies and finished them for a further period in casks which had previously held Madeira wine. Nectar Grove was named by the Wemyss tasting panel which reflects its succulent and luscious fruit character.

But let’s not forget the amazing label. The eye-catching label was inspired by Ceramics and Fretworks from Portugal, reflecting the vibrancy and variation within the whisky.

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The Abbey Whisky Bar Edinburgh, March Whisky Tasting

This week featured the regular monthly whisky tasting at the Abbey. This month presented by Graham McKay from the Independent Bottlers Carn Mor [Morrison and McKay]. When you consider the Independent Bottling business certain points are important.

Their bottlings can be as small as one large cask or barrels purchased from several distilleries. They need very good contacts at distilleries in order to identify when a distillery has surplus whisky and is prepared to sell this at an advantageous price to the Independent Bottler. They also need excellent blenders to make the most of the whisky available to them.

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Kingsbarns Distillery’s spirit turns 3 years old

Kingsbarns Distillery is delighted to reveal that the first casks it filled on March 23rd, 2015 came of age on Saturday and can now be called Scotch Whisky.

The Wemyss family’s fledgeling Fife distillery visitor centre was opened to the public on St Andrews Day 2014, with spirit distillation beginning in January 2015. After a few months perfecting the spirit style, the distillery manager, Peter Holroyd, proudly filled the first casks on March 23rd, 2015.

Initially, all the casks selected were first filled ex-Bourbon barrels from Heaven Hill Distillery in Kentucky. The very first cask filled is on display for visitors to see in the oldest part of the farm steading visitor centre called the doocot. Scotch whisky has to be matured in oak barrels for a minimum of 3 years and a day in a bonded warehouse in Scotland, so sadly unlike all the other casks of maturing spirit, this first cask will never be able to be called Kingsbarns Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

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Jameson celebrates the flavour of the wild coastline of Ireland with new bitters

Jameson Irish whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, Co Cork, has today unveiled Jameson Wild Seaweed BittersA true celebration of Irish ingredients, the bitters showcase wild dillisk seaweed, which has been carefully hand-harvested from Long Rock, County Sligo, and dried naturally on the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way by Damian Melvin, a second-generation seaweed harvester. The innovative cocktail ingredient is the second release in the Jameson Bitters range, which was first launched with Jameson Wild Sloe Berry Bitters in 2015 to inspire bartenders to experiment with Jameson in new and exciting ways.

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Exclusive Loch Lomond Inchmurrin Single Cask lands in World of Whiskies at Heathrow Terminal 5

Loch Lomond Whiskies has created an exclusive Loch Lomond Inchmurrin Single Cask bottling in partnership with World Duty-Free.  Just 278 bottles of the 10-year-old Loch Lomond Inchmurrin Single Cask will be available exclusively at World Duty-Free’s World of Whiskies store, located in Heathrow’s Terminal 5.

On the nose, the Loch Lomond Inchmurrin Single Cask is fruity and sweet with a hint of spice. The palate offers layers of sweet vanilla and barley sugar, while the lemon and lime finish delivers a citrus edge, giving way to maple syrup and a mild oak spiciness.

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