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BRENDAN BUCKLEY JOINS THE WHISKY MAGAZINE HALL OF FAME – Irish Whiskey News

BRENDAN BUCKLEY JOINS THE WHISKY MAGAZINE HALL OF FAME  

Brendan Buckley, International Marketing Director at Irish Distillers, has been inducted into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame – a permanent tribute honouring individuals who have made a lasting contribution to the world of whiskey. He was presented with the distinguished honour in recognition of his personal contribution to the growth of the Irish whiskey category on the global stage at the 2021 Whiskey Magazine Awards this evening.

Buckley joined Irish Distillers in 2001 and since then has been instrumental in the development of its leading portfolio of Irish whiskey brands as well as innovation across the business. His marketing leadership and approach to brand building has played a key role in the development of Jameson into a global top 10 spirit brand and to place it among the top 5 whiskeys in the world.

While Jameson might garner the international headlines, one of Buckley’s most notable achievements has been born from his passion for Irish whiskey and his crusade to revive Ireland’s unique whiskey style – single pot still Irish whiskey.   Working with the Masters in Midleton Distillery, over the past decade Brendan has spearheaded the rejuvenation of this category and of brands such as Redbreast, The Spot Range and Midleton Very Rare. Positioning these brands amongst the very top echelon of world whiskeys, today they are firmly placed alongside the finest Scotch, bourbon and Japanese whiskeys.  Further evidence of the renaissance of this whiskey style can be seen in the number of new Irish distilleries who produce, or who plan to produce single pot still Irish whiskey.

In partnership with his colleagues in Midleton, Brendan has overseen the development of new expressions such as Redbreast Lustau Edition, Redbreast 27 Year Old, Midleton Very Rare Barry Crockett Legacy, Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach and the rebirth of the historic Spot Range. In the past six months, he oversaw the re-introduction of Blue Spot, re-uniting the legendary Spot Family for the first time in over half a century. Additionally, Brendan inspired the introduction of the pioneering Method and Madness brand which has sought to push the boundaries of Irish whiskey through the generations of expertise of the Midleton Masters in conjunction with the inquisitive minds of Midleton’s apprentice whiskey makers.

“I am truly honoured and humbled to join the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame,” comments Buckley. “It has been a pleasure to play a part in helping Irish whiskey regain its rightful place among the world’s leading spirits, and to see Jameson recognized and loved the world over. Having the opportunity to revive single pot still Irish whiskey and breathe new life into brands such as Redbreast or to create new brands such as Method and Madness, has also been a professional and personal achievement for which I consider myself very lucky.  I want to thank the devoted production, marketing and innovation teams at Irish Distillers, both past and present, whose dedication to craft and brilliance has contributed to the expansion of the category. While I look back on the past decades with immense pride, I am also extremely excited about what the future of Irish whiskey holds.”

Conor McQuaid, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman at Irish Distillers, adds: “It is an absolute pleasure to offer my congratulations to Brendan upon his induction to the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame. This honour demonstrates his role in strengthening the Irish Distillers’ portfolio, through ground-breaking marketing and innovation over the years. From his stewardship of Jameson toward being a global icon to the resurrection of the single pot still category which has changed the Irish whiskey landscape, to the birth of the experimental Method and Madness brand, Brendan’s marketing vision continues to shape the Irish whiskey category’s reputation for excellence.”

The 2021 Whisky Magazine Awards, which also recognise the most exquisite whiskeys from across the globe, saw Redbreast 21 Year Old being crowned World’s Best Pot Still Irish Whiskey. The accolade is a testament to the consistency in quality of single pot still Irish whiskey craftmanship at Midleton Distillery and further strengthens Redbreast’s position as the most decorated pot still Irish whiskey in the world.

Notes

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers is one of Ireland’s leading suppliers of spirits and wines, and producer of some of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s bestselling Irish whiskey, experiencing 30 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 8m cases in 2019. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 70 of those experiencing double or triple-digit growth.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power & Son, John Jameson & Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Since 2012, we have invested over €400 million to double our production and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products.

We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin.

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the No.2 worldwide producer of wines and spirits with consolidated sales of €9,182 million in FY19. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has developed through organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard, which owns 16 of the Top 100 Spirits Brands, holds one of the most prestigious and comprehensive brand portfolios in the industry, including: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute, and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard’s brands are distributed across 160+ markets and by its own salesforce in 73 markets. The Group’s decentralised organisation empowers its 19,000 employees to be true on-the-ground ambassadors of its vision of “Créateurs de Convivialité.” As reaffirmed by the Group’s three-year strategic plan, “Transform and Accelerate,” deployed in 2018, Pernod Ricard’s strategy focuses on investing in long-term, profitable growth for all stakeholders. The Group remains true to its three founding values: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust, and a strong sense of ethics. As illustrated by the 2030 roadmap supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “We bring good times from a good place.” In recognition of Pernod Ricard’s strong commitment to sustainable development and responsible consumption, it has received a Gold rating from Ecovadis and is ranked No. 1 in the beverage sector in Vigeo Eiris. Pernod Ricard is also a United Nation’s Global Compact LEAD company.

Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

The English Whisky Company “We’ll see you very soon!” – English Whisky News

Only a Few Days To Go…

From Monday 12th April, we are re-opening our doors and can’t wait to welcome you back.

Our shop will re-open, fully stocked with our complete range of English whisky, along with a great range of glassware, clothing and gifts.  Feel free to pop into browse!

The beautiful river walk within the distillery grounds will also be open.

Our friends at OakVilla Restaurant will also be opening their doors for the first time for outdoor service only.  A beautiful stretch tent will keep the rain off, should the weather not be perfectly sunny.

They will be open from 9am -5pm.  Their menus can be found at https://oakvilladistillery.com/

Tours of St George’s Distillery will re-commence from 17th May 2021. For more information or to book your tour see below:

BOOK YOUR TOUR

 

Announcing On-Sale Date for WhiskyFest Tickets!

KENTUCKY DISTILLERS’ ASSOCIATION WELCOMES BROUGH BROTHERS DISTILLERY AS NEWEST MEMBER – American Whiskey News


KENTUCKY DISTILLERS’ ASSOCIATION WELCOMES BROUGH BROTHERS DISTILLERY AS NEWEST MEMBER

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Brough Brothers Distillery in Louisville is the newest and 42nd member of the non-profit trade group that unites and leads Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.

Brough Brothers Distillery is the first and only African American-owned, licensed and operating distillery in the state of Kentucky. It was founded by Victor, Bryson and Christian Yarbrough, three brothers who were born and raised in Louisville.

The distillery, located at 1460 Dixie Highway, opened in December 2020. The brothers chose the Park Hill community location as a way to support local businesses and economic growth in the historically underserved area of Louisville’s West End.

Brough Brothers Bourbon is currently available on shelves, an 82-proof whiskey with a mash bill of 75 percent corn, 21 percent rye and four percent malted barley. The sleek bottle features drawings of Kentucky’s vibrant culture: Bourbon, basketball, boxing, horse racing and Louisville’s iconic skyline.

“The KDA congratulates Brough Brothers for their vision and perseverance in an industry that has largely remained inaccessible to minority entrepreneurs,” KDA President Eric Gregory said. “Their success as the state’s first African American-owned, licensed and operating distillery is a long-overdue step for our industry.”

Brough Brothers Distillery CEO Victor Yarbrough said, “It is an honor to be recognized and accepted as a KDA member. We thank the KDA and its members for their tremendous support as we strive to build a legacy that Kentucky will be proud of.”

Pauline Rooney, Chairwoman of the KDA Board of Directors, said, “This is a welcome and significant breakthrough in the history of Kentucky Bourbon. Our members offer their full support as Brough Brothers expands its operations and provides tourism and employment opportunities as they help revitalize local businesses and the proud heritage of Louisville’s West End.

“We are honored to welcome them to our growing family of Kentucky’s finest distillers,” said Rooney, who is Vice President of Distillation and Maturation for Diageo North America.

Founded in 1880, the KDA is the state’s voice for Bourbon and spirits issues. Its diverse membership produces the overwhelming majority of the world’s Bourbon, from legendary, global brands to emerging micro distilleries that are building the next generation of the timeless craft.

Brough Brothers Distillery is the KDA’s 24th Craft-level member, aging less than 10,000 barrels a year, and joins an impressive list of flourishing distilleries in the Louisville area, including Angel’s Envy, Brown-Forman, Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Heaven Hill, Michter’s, Old Forester, Rabbit Hole, Stitzel-Weller, Barrell Craft Spirits, Copper & Kings, Kentucky Peerless and Moonshine University.

For more information, visit Brough Brothers Distillery website at https://broughbrothers.com.

Jessica Pendergrass, KDA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Panel Co-Chair and General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Heaven Hill Brands, said the addition of Brough Brothers brings much needed perspective to the industry.

Victor and Christian serve on the KDA DEI Advisory Panel, a group of community and business leaders that steer and guide initiatives for the industry. “African-Americans have helped to build and shape our industry, and we need these resilient, entrepreneurial, and empowered voices at the table,” Pendergrass said.

“It has been inspiring getting to know the tremendous men behind Brough Brothers Bourbon. Victor and his brothers came together on this project with purpose and passion – to connect the Black community to economic opportunities in the Bourbon industry, to find ways to elevate and educate the community, and to give back to the community they know and love.

“We can all take a lesson from the intentionality behind their business.”

In addition to the DEI Advisory Panel, the KDA is taking steps to cultivate a culture of diversity, inclusivity, meaningful engagement and collaboration within the industry.

Last year, the KDA created the Lifting Spirits Foundation to fund scholarships at the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Kentucky State University’s distilling and fermentation programs to benefit Black, LGBTQIA, women, people of color and other minority and underrepresented groups.

The scholarships, coined “KDA Scholars,” will be funded for many years to come at these flagship institutions. The non-profit group also is working to build similar scholarships at other Kentucky educational institutions in an effort to expand opportunities for traditionally underrepresented, young professionals to launch meaningful careers in Kentucky’s Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.

Bourbon is one of the Commonwealth’s most historic and treasured industries, a booming $8.6 billion economic engine that generates more than 20,100 jobs with an annual payroll topping $1 billion each year, and is one of the state’s main tourism drivers through the KDA’s Kentucky Bourbon Trail® adventures.

“We are committed to these initiatives and doing more to create long-term, permanent and historic change in our industry,” Gregory said. “We have a lot of work to do – but we can and will do more to lead our industry, and we are grateful to Brough Brothers for their leadership and support.”

Founded in 1880, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association is the legendary voice for Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Its diverse and growing membership produces the overwhelming majority of the world’s Bourbon, from historic, global brands to emerging micro distilleries that are fostering the next generation of the Commonwealth’s landmark economic engine and its thriving, timeless craft. Member benefits include media relations, international trade development, private sampling events, technical assistance, economic development support, networking, legal defense, marketing strategies, governmental and regulatory advocacy and innovative tourism experiences through the KDA’s world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® adventures. A 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization, the KDA maintains an open membership policy, champions a strong commitment to the responsible and moderate consumption of spirits, and fights to curb underage drinking and drunk driving. Learn more at www.kybourbon.com and www.kybourbontrail.com

The Macallan: An Estate, A Community and A Distillery at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Discover our range of…

The Macallan:
An Estate, A Community and A Distillery

The Sir Peter Blake collaboration is back!

Back in stock we have the highly sought after collaboration between the art and whisky worlds, celebrating both The Macallan’s rich legacy and Sir Peter Blake’s remarkable contribution to the art scene. Named An Estate, A Community and A Distillery, the bottle is displayed in a custom box inspired by Sir Peter Blake’s art, alongside a certificate outlining the history and heritage on which the art was based, and Blake’s artwork printed on a scroll.

The whisky is the colour of cinnamon, with notes of dried fruits, cracked black pepper, treacle, vanilla and a rich cacao finish. Sounds absolutely lovely!

With only six bottles available for sale at The Whisky Shop and to avoid the disappointment of an almost instant sell out like the last time, we have decided to run a ballot to register your interest to buy. The ballot closes on Wednesday 21st April and if selected you will be contacted and directed to a link to purchase this unique expression.

If you are looking to add something really special to your collection then don’t hesitate to enter the ballot below!

The Macallan:

An Estate, A Community and A Distillery

£750.00

Enter Ballot Here

We wrote an article in the latest edition of Whiskeria on a dicussion with Sir Peter Blake and Lead Whisky Maker from The Macallan, Sarah Burgess, about the creative process behind this recent collaboration.

Read Whiskeria here!

Sullivans Cove *Upcoming Release* Three French Oak Single Cask Whiskies – Tasmanian Whisky News

Our next release is almost here and it’s one we’ve been looking forward to for a long time. In the coming days, we’ll release three French Oak single cask whiskies; one of which is a variation we have never before released.

In addition to the first French Oak Tawny Single Cask to be released in 2021 (TD0286), we will be releasing two French Oak Second Fill Tawny Single Casks (TD0254A and TD0017). This is the first time we’ve ever released a whisky of this type.

TD0286 French Oak Second Fill Tawny Single Cask, bottled at 45.6% was aged for over 15 years and yielded only 428 bottles.

TD0017 French Oak Second Fill Tawny Single Cask, bottled at 47.5% was matured for just over 12 years and yielded only 425 bottles.

TD0254A French Oak Tawny Single Cask, bottled at 47.6% was also matured for just over 12 years and yielded only 280 bottles.

Further cask information and tasting notes can be found on our online store.

“The softer oak impression of a second fill whisky shows the true character of the distillery and the influence of the people that crafted the spirit. A second fill cask allows the heart of a distillery to be seen in full exposure.”

– Head Distiller, Heather Tillott

These whiskies will be released via ballot.

The ballot will open for 24 hours from 10am Hobart time on Monday 12th of April, 2021. Further details will be sent via email prior to the ballot opening.

Please note, purchases will be strictly limited to one bottle per cask, per person. You’re welcome to enter all three ballots. Successful entries will be notified shortly after the ballot closes. 

Further details will be released prior to the ballot opening on Monday 12th of March. In the meantime, please watch Matt Bailey from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in conversation with some of our team as they discuss our upcoming release.

Just landed: Loch Fyne Exclusives – Scotch Whisky News

Single Cask Loch Fyne Exclusives and more!

Back again to share the good news of fresh whiskies landing in the shop! Including some special single cask bottlings that I know quite a few of you folks will be interested in, and we are pretty chuffed about these ones. These are a couple of Gleann Mór expressions bottled exclusively for us at Loch Fyne Whiskies: a Jura 12 Year Old and a Talisker 9 Year Old.

I expect that these ones might fly out the door…so don’t hang around!

Talisker 9 Year Old

Gleann Mór Spirits
2011 Single Cask
Loch Fyne Exclusive

70cl / 46% ABV

£65.00

Jura 12 Year Old

Gleann Mór Spirits
2008 Single Cask
Loch Fyne Exclusive

70cl / 50% ABV

£59.95

Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 1962 at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Glen Grant 1962

A stunning heavily sherried Glen Grant release. An extraordinarily old and rare release.

A stunning sherry matured Glen Grant, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail.

£1,450.00

The Green Welly Stop

Tyndrum

CRIANLARICH, PERTHSHIRE

FK20 8RY

United Kingdom

Independent Bottler Spotlight at Inverurie Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Celebrating Unique Whisky

Hand Picked, and unique whisky chosen on taste alone

Over the last 18 months our Independent Bottling range has grown tremendously.

These bottling companies give our customers a great insight into hand-selected and unique whiskies picked for their standout flavour.

Without compromise, these whiskies are selected to give you something different from the usual, Distillery releases.

Here, we have a look at some new releases from some of our favourite Indies

THE INDEPENDANTS 

Doc Swinson’s 15YO “Rare Release” Batch #10/11 Exploratory Cask Series Nonchillfiltered Small Batch Cask Strength – Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey News

Doc Swinson’s 15 Year Old “Rare Release” Batch #10/11 Exploratory Cask Series Nonchillfiltered

Small Batch Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $159.99 View

92 points Whisky Advocate

Outer quote mark Richly oaked, its maturity is evident in the walnut, cigar box, burnt sugar, toasted marshmallow, and waxy furniture polish notes. On the palate, it pours rich, dense, and chewy with sweet treacle balanced against tobacco leaf. Mouth-coating and warming with generous proof, figgy fruit, and cinnamon on the mid-palate, culminating in a finish of bitter chocolate and fine wood tannins. (JL, Fall 2020) Inner quote mark

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