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Dubliner Irish Whiskey 10YO Limited Edition Released

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Dubliner Irish Whiskey recently released their limited edition 10-year-old single malt whiskey — made with 100% malted barley that is distilled in copper pot stills and matured in oak casks which was previously used for Kentucky Bourbon.

 “The Dubliner Irish Whiskey has had an incredible start launching at Dublin Airport last year and sales to date in Ireland, Australia, and the US have been really encouraging. We are delighted to be introducing this limited edition expression to The Dubliner range,” says Sinead O’ Frighil, the marketing manager of Irish Whiskies at Quintessential Brands. “It is well known that growth of Irish whiskies is at an exciting stage and we have high hopes for our approachable and smooth 10 year old single malt in domestic and travel retail markets internationally — it’s a beautiful whiskey.”

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The Dubliner Irish Whiskey Image(c): www.thespiritsbusiness.com

It has a 42% ABV, which you can purchase at the Dublin Airport and other specialist whisky retailers for the price of £50 per 70 cl bottle. The latest variant is said to have a sweet and slightly spicy aroma with tones of vanilla, honey and perfume. It has a smooth, warm, rich and malty flavor with a hint of chocolate and vanilla.

The Dubliner 10YO has captured the essence of Dublin as its makers are paying homage to the distilling history of Dublin which dates back to about five centuries ago. It is owned by an independent spirits producer in Ireland, the First Ireland Spirits, for more than 25 years now and is part of the Quintessential Brands Group. The Dublin Whiskey Company was bought by the Quintessential Brands Ireland in April. Distillation is said to start in Dublin next year.

“The addition of the Dublin Whiskey Company paves the way for us to create an Irish whiskey distillery and a home for our Irish whiskey brands in the famous Liberties area of Dublin which will allow us to further develop our Irish whiskey portfolio and become a leader in Irish spirits,” said Warren Scott, the CEO of the Quintessential Brands.

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Echlinville Distillery Promotes Tourism in Ireland

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The Echlinville Distillery, a family-owned business located on a 100-acre site in County Down, was licensed to distill whisky in May 2013. And it can be noted that they’ve previously expected their whisky to come of age this year, 2016.

Aside from their single pot still and single malt whiskeys, Echlinville planned to launch their premium Irish potato vodka and single estate gin. Their facilities boasts of a multi-million euro still house, maturation hall, function room, and bottling and storage areas; all of which are located in the Echlinville Estate.

Echlinville Distillery holds tours for the public, which the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) claims that it will promote the tourism and local economy of County Down. According to them, the opening of the distillery would imply that the Irish whiskey industry has been increasingly growing and it considers “the development of an all-island approach” to tourism.

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Echlinville Distillery – Irish Whiskey. By www.whiskyintelligence.com

“With a wealth of new entrants in the Irish whiskey sector, we will continue to see a significant number of new tourism offerings opening over the coming years, like the Echlinville Distillery tours being launched today. This will bring jobs and investment to communities in both Northern Island and the Republic of Ireland,” says the head of IWA, Miriam Mooney.

“The island of Ireland has the opportunity to bring together the industry and government agencies such as Tourism Ireland, Failte Ireland, and the Northern Ireland Tourism Board to put together a coordinated strategy for an all-island approach to Irish whiskey tourism. The employment potential is significant as guided tours and restaurants are labour intensive operations. In Scotland it is estimated that there is a five to one ration of export value to direct tourism,” she added.

Among the fastest growing categories of liquor, Irish whiskey has added 32 new or proposed distilleries in Ireland; thereby creating opportunities that would improve the tourism of the country.

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Pogues Irish Whiskey – Now in US Market

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BOSTON – The US market is now offering the known Irish whiskey from The Pogues. This Irish whiskey kicked off in the 1980’s by one of the only two independently owned and operated distilleries in Ireland – the West Cork Distillers. The Pogues is made with exceptional full body with smooth-finishing blends giving the best sample of brown spirits over the years.

It would be great to note that West Cork is Ireland’s only whiskey producer to still malt its own barley, which enables exceptional precision and control over flavor profile.

With that great brown spirits samples for many years, the band which is famous for Fairytale in New York and other hits had been significantly involved in the making of The Pogues Irish Whisky from. With richness of the band’s great spirit and character as well as its poetic rebelliousness, The Pogues Irish Whiskey is uniquely blend of fifty-percent 10-year single malt Irish whiskey which aged in sherry casks; and the half thereof is 5-7 year Irish grain whiskey aged in bourbon oak casks. Unsurprisingly, we have now the great, sweet tasting and aromatic blend of malts and cracked nuts producing and intense flavor.

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The Pogues Bottle: Irish Whiskey. Photo(c): www.radiomilwaukee.org

Shane MacGowan said “It’s been brilliant working with the team at West Cork Distillers in creating a whiskey that we all think reflects our spirit and energy, and that we all enjoy the taste of. It’s wonderful to add a product bearing our name to the ranks of great Irish whiskeys, and we think it will stand the test of time.” MacGowan was with Pogues band members, Jem Finer, Andrew Ranken, Spider Stacy,James Fearnley, Terry Woods, and Darryl Hunt.

Justin Shaw VP of Brand & Market Strategy at MS Walker on his part said, “The Pogues Irish Whiskey represents the ideal blending of tradition and quality from our friends at West Cork, and the rich Irish heritage and culture of the band. We can’t wait for American aficionados of the band and whiskey, new and old, to enjoy their first taste.”

The Pogues Irish Whiskey is carefully crafted using handmade copper stills in small batches at West Cork’s distillery in Skiberdeen using indigenous ingredients of Ireland like locally grown grain and spring water from River Ilen.

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Enjoy Irish Coffee: A Whisky-Based Cocktail

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The Irish Coffee: a delightful combination of sweet, whisky-laced coffee with whipped cream. Simple, indulgent, and very delicious! I bet you’d add it as one of your “comfort” drinks.

In the early 1940s, a man named Joseph Sheridan had made the best decision anyone could make somewhere in the middle of a notoriously cold country of Ireland. He was the very first person to ever mix the Irish whiskey with rich, black coffee. Legend has it that a flight from Shannon Airport got cancelled and Joseph, the local bartender there, decided to provide the freezing passengers comfort by serving a special drink. And oh, did he lift their spirits up!

Even though the drink was first made in Ireland, it became very popular in San Francisco. Stanton Delaplane, an American travel blogger, drank the airport specialty and immediately fell in love with the drink. After many failed attempts and persuasion with bartenders to float the cream in the same way, the Irish Coffee cocktail was finally crafted and included to the menu of the Buena Vista Café in San Francisco during the early 1950s. As what most people say, the rest is history.

How to Make a Perfect Irish Coffee

There are no top secret ingredients when it comes to making an Irish coffee. But contrary to what most people believe, it is actually not as simple as mixing a shot of whisky to a cup of coffee. It is a well-constructed caffeinated drink that should be made with proper care. Dale DeGroff, a renowned mixologist, believes that the “key” to creating a great Irish coffee is how you treat the cream. According to him, it would be best to hand-whisk the cream so that it has the right amount of stiffness to float beautifully at the top of the coffee and the booze.

The secret would be to make sure that the coffee is very hot and the cream is very cold (and most importantly, carefully whipped at the right amount). Whether you put sugar in your coffee or not, it is important here and not only because of the flavor! Without sugar, the cream will not float the way it should be, so don’t attempt to cut back on it. Once crafted, the drink shouldn’t be stirred; the hot drink must be drunk through its cold cream. Warning: you’ll have a killer mustache after every sip.

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Irish coffee. Image from food.ndtv.com

The Recipe of the Irish Whisky

  • Fill a tall glass with boiling water, leave to stand and pour the water away.
  • Carefully whip the cream until there are no bubbles left and it has just started to thicken and formed ribbons beneath the whisk. Place back in the refrigerator.
  • Dissolve 2 tablespoons of soft brown sugar in 2 tablespoons of hot water in a pan and boil. Add 1 cup of freshly brewed coffee and stir. Remove from hit and stir in 50 ml of Irish whisky.
  • Pour the mixture into the bottom of the pre-heated glass. Take the 50 ml cold unsweetened cream out of the fridge and whisk again. Pour it over the back of the spoon until you hit the rim of the glass to prevent from sinking.
  • Add a little nutmeg over the top and serve.

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The Irish Whiskey Aged Stout Available Only in Some States

Innis & Gunn, an award-winning independent brewer of oak-aged beers, will be releasing their cult-favorite winter seasonal in the US. The Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout has been introduced in 2012 with a 7.4% ABV. Since then, it was a US hit that quickly sold out within just weeks of making it to the liquor stores’ shelves.

How is Innis & Gunn

The Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout is a rich, complex, and very smooth whiskey that features dark chocolate and coffee flavors with a hint of honey and spice and oak/vanilla aromas. It has a velvety taste which leads to a satisfying finish of dark malts and whiskey.

“Ireland is known for its great stouts and its amazing whiskey. We’re paying tribute to both of them in our Irish Whiskey Aged beer,” said Dougal Sharp, the founder and master brewer of Innis & Gunn.

The beer is said to be matured in their Oakerator aging device on American oak that is instilled with Irish whiskey.

“We use a lightly toasted oak for this beer to match Irish whiskey casks, which are typically lightly charred. This produces more of the coconut and spice notes that you get in an Irish whiskey, and less of the caramel and vanilla notes you find in American bourbon,” according to the Sensory and Quality Manager of Innis and Gunn.

“It’s an especially unique beer for US fans of barrel-aged beer. It’s got a lot of oak and whiskey character but it doesn’t overpower the beer itself. It’s a very balanced mix of spirit and beer that’s hearty and delicious but also very quaffable,” she added.

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Innis and Gunn Irish Whiskey Oak Aged Stout at The Pint Las Vegas. Image by bevxusa.com

The Oakerator Device

The Oakerator device of Innis and Gunn gives a modern twist on the practice of barrel-aging. Rather than aging the beer in a barrel, it incorporates the barrel to the beer itself. The beer is processed in the modern device, which is filled with blends of toasted and spirits-infused oak in order to have a better and more consistent barrel-aged flavor. Sharp had conducted two years of extensive research to create the device. It went through trials at the popular brewing school at Edinburgh, the Heriot-Waite.

The Irish Whiskey Aged Stout is currently available in four packs of 11.2 ounce bottles and 5.5 gallon kegs at $9.99 SRP. It is available only in some states in the US, including Illinois, North & South Carolina, Ohio, Alabama, and etc.

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Luxco Launches Irish Whiskey Varieties

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Luxco, a company based in St. Louise, is recently looking to capitalize on the gaining popularity of whiskeys nowadays. They’ve already started their mission through the revival of their bourbon brands, the Yellowstone and Rebel Yell. They’ve also added a new variety to their line, the Blood Oath. However, they aren’t only keen on making American whiskies today. They’ve unveiled their first-ever Irish whiskey called The Quiet Man.

According to Luxco, The Quite Man is made by Ciaran Mulgrew in honor of his father, John Mulgrew, who worked as a bartender. “In more than 50 years behind the bar, my father saw and heard it all, but like all good bartenders, John Mulgrew was true to the code and told no tales. He was ‘The Quiet Man’, or as they say in the pubs of Ireland, ‘An Fear Ciuin’,” says Ciaran in one of his interviews.

The Quiet Man will be distilled in a traditional Irish manner; inside whiskey pot stills that are matured in oak barrels and re-casked in the first-fill bourbon casks. The whiskey will be made available in two varieties: The Quiet Man Traditional Blended Whiskey, aged for 4 years with high malt percentage, sold for $40; and The Quiet Man 8-Year Single Malt Irish whiskey, which will be sold for about $50.

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Quiet Man Irish Whiskey were provided by Luxco. Image from www.bourbonbanter.com

“The difference between a good whiskey and a great whiskey lies not just in picking the best ingredients and having the most skilled distiller. It lies in selecting the finest barrels to let the whiskey mature in. Our unique process of finishing the aging barrels that previously held bourbon but never whiskey allows The Quiet Man to soak up those wonderfully sweet yet spicy oak flavors, and the result is two great Irish Whiskies,” says Mulgrew.

Both of these whiskies will be made available in the US this month. They’ve already been available in various markets overseas last year.

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The Dingle Cask No. 2: Collector’s Item

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“A Glass Apart”, a book written by Fionnan O’Connor, is becoming increasingly popular for being the most comprehensive guide to Irish whiskey. He recently came back from Hong Kong for a trade mission and he only has one thing in mind: the bottling of a brand new Irish whiskey, “Dingle Cask No. 2”.

Bottling of Irish Whiskey

The Dingle Cask No. 2 is the bottling of the first cask in the Dingle distillery that has reached maturity. Bottled three years ago, the cask’s journey to maturation in an American Bourbon cask has been closely monitored; from the beginning, middle, and the end of the maturation process. He expects only great things from the finished product, describing it as a light drink that is basically different from the others on the market.

When asked on how he can be so certain, O’Connor says that the bottling of the single malt reveals the truth of the modern Irish whiskey market. While there are many whiskey brands that have been on the shelves over the past few years, the Dingle whiskey is actually the first single malt whiskey from Ireland in the past 25 years.

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Dingle Distillery’s New Single Malt Marks a Turning Point for Irish Whiskey. Photo credits to www.drinkingtrends.com

“The new Irish whiskey industry is partly a mirage. The new whiskeys are great, the enthusiasm they’ve generated has been fantastic but what they don’t often admit is that the majority of the new brands are all distillates from the same great distillery — Cooley,” says O’Connor.

About Cooley

Cooley, which was established by John Teelin in the 1980s, was sold to a company based in the US (Beam Inc) in 2012.  Beam was eventually bought by a Japanese company, Suntory Holdings, last year. Distillates from Cooley are now supplying the main Irish independent labels, according to O’Connor, as various distilleries wait for the maturation of their own spirits.

The boom of the Irish whiskey industry is still in the corner and what Dingle will be producing may help in defining that “boom”.

“In about eight years many of the new distillers will have produced their own truly new Irish whiskies and the race for dominance will really begin,” says O’Connor.

Dingle Cask No. 2

Dingle Cask No. 2 will be producing 200 bottles which will be priced at €350 each, many of those are already reserved for the Founding Fathers of the distillery. Founding Fathers is an investment scheme wherein people purchase casks at a competitive rate and take part in the making of the Dingle Distillery.

Being priced at €250 per bottle, it’s quite expensive; however, the bottling of the cask is also a collector’s item.

“It marks the beginning of a new journey for the distillery. By Easter 2016, enough of the casks will have reached maturity to start bottling and marketing Dingle Single Malt and Dingle Pot Still on an ongoing basis. After that it’s about distribution and reaching out to new markets,” says Oliver Hughes, whose Porterhouse Group has a distillery.

Dingle Cask No. 2 is available at the Dingle Whisky Bar in Dublin from December 21st.

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Fine Irish Whiskies

Teeling 21-year-old Vintage Reserve

When you go inside the liquor store, you get overwhelmed with the many choices of whiskies you can find. Choosing what whisky to buy can be very difficult as you need to consider a lot of things like the atmosphere, your personality, your preferences, as well as your experiences. To help you decide, we gathered a list of top whiskies for you to choose from.

Tyrconnell Madeira Finish

The Tyrconnell Madeira Finish is warm, smooth and fruity. At 10 years, it was aged in a bourbon cask for 9 years and finished for 3 months in Madeira cask. It is one of their famous series of port and sherry cask finishes. But what makes this bottle unique is its sweet and malty flavor!

Palace Bar Fourth Estate Single Malt

The Palace Bar Fourth Estate Single Malt is a flavorful whisky that comes in a variety of ages (up to 21 years). “Palace Bar” is a popular bar during the Victorian era located at Dublin’s Fleet Street. It was a common practice for bars years ago to bottle their own whiskies and keep them in their cellar. Today, however, it’s difficult to imagine for this practice to ever return because of marketing and premiumization. The bar recently produced and released about 1,000 bottles with varying ages.

Teeling 21-year-old Vintage Reserve

This is a wonderful whisky! And since it is only limited to 5,000 bottles, it is one of the nicest liquors to collect. The wide range of Teeling whiskies is extremely popular in Dick Macks. This whisky was initially aged in bourbon barrels and finished in Sauternes wine casks. It gives a smoky flavor that eventually changes to a slightly fruity taste.

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Teeling Vintage Reserve Single Malt 21 Years. By www.whiskykritikerna.se

Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey

This type of whisky is wonderfully blended, distinctively finished off from inrum barrels. The additional aging gives some delicious tropical fruit tastes with a hint of sweetness! Some people recommend drinking it neat or on the rocks!

Irishman Single Malt

Irishman is produced by Walsh’s distillery. They’ve been around for a few years now; however, they are currently setting up their own distillery located in Carlow. The Irishman is a classic Irish Malt that has been aged in oak bourbon and oloroso sherry casks which gave exceptional flavor and complexity. Each batch of production was only limited to about 6,000 bottles. It is highly recommended to those who are beginners to drinking whisky because of its very smooth blend.

Mitchell & Son Green Spot Pot Still Whisky

Like the other whiskies, it is also limited; most of which were sold in the home market. The Green Spot is well-loved by critics. It has a fruity flavor (a mix of both red and green apples) with a hint of honey and a nice touch of toastiness.

Power’s John’s Lane Release, 12-year-old Pot Still Whisky

This whisky has a rich, smooth texture with a touch of spiciness and citrus fruity flavor. It is aged in a bourbon and oloroso sherry casks and it was named after the first distillery where it was produced (which has, unfortunately, closed).

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Wholesale Irish Whiskey: Supporting Economic Growth

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Comepcon reports for The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey company that small Irish Whiskey brands might experience serious supply shortages without establishing a wholesale market for a bulk Irish whiskey. They also reported significant barriers to entry for companies entering the Irish whiskey market which can be addressed through bulk wholesale.

The findings were based on the analysis of the performance of the industry for Irish Whiskey and its ability to contribute to the economy of Ireland compared to the Scotch whisky industry.

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Scotch VS Irish Whiskey: What’s The Difference?. Photo(c): www.youtube.com

The Main Points for the Report

  • In terms of exports, Scotch whisky has exported over $5.3 billion in 2014; while Irish whisky exported only $372 billion.
  • Unlike the Scotch whisky industry, Ireland don’t have a functioning market for wholesale whisky; thereby, creating doubts in costs and supply from new entrants.
  • The wholesale market for whiskeys in Scotland has encouraged the growth of the industry, having about 5,000 blended whiskeys and hundreds of malts. This enabled entrants to create their own brands.
  • In Ireland, there are only 4 distilleries that produce mature whiskeys; while in Scotland, they have about 115 operational distilleries, with 30 new facilities that are still under construction.
  • There are several barriers to entry in Irish whiskey industry, such as the mandatory 3-year maturation period before products are sold.
  • Currently, there are several companies that created Irish whisky brands; however, they were undermined due to the lack of supply of mature whiskeys.
  • The creation of a wholesale market for Irish whiskeys would be a very effective way of promoting new exports from Irish whiskey companies.
  • Having more whiskey brands might yield significant benefits in Ireland’s economy in terms of employment, production, and exports.

According to the Director of Compecon, Pat Massey, their analysis shows the fundamental challenges that the smaller Irish whiskey brands are facing in Ireland recently. Although there is an increase in demand for it, at home and abroad, potential small companies at large are stifled due to the lack of adequate support measures from the industry.

He added that the wholesale market is crucial for SMEs to be successful at the early stage of business; it is essential for the entire industry as well. According to the Irish Whiskey Association, it should be deemed possible to enter the whiskey market without having to build distilleries.

The Chairman and Co-Founder of The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey, Andre Levy, said, “Issues such as high cost of market entry, the presence of larger established market players, controlling supply and the difficulty in accessing a long-term and competitive mature whiskey supply. These are prohibitive to new market entrants and threaten existing brands looking to survive, grow sustainably and share in the category they played a part in growing.”

Levy also calls for the Irish Government to support the immediate establishment for wholesale market of Irish Whiskeys; adding that they believe that the Government has an essential role in supporting the SME sector as they continue to work to help economic growth.

The Irish Whiskey Association, on the other hand, says that properly functioning internal wholesale market is essential to encourage new entrants, decrease the risk of business models, as well as to encourage a more efficient use of capacity.

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The Expansion and Boom of Irish Whiskeys

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According to Richard Bruton, the Jobs Minister, the increasing popularity of the Irish whiskey industry internationally can be attributed to companies that make the beverage “cool”.

The minister spoke when the maker of Jameson Whiskey, Irish Distillers, launched €17 million plan of expanding their Fox and Geese bottling plant located in Dublin, Ireland. This development plan created approximately 30 jobs which mean that the company will be able to produce more bottles of whiskeys.

The factory’s bottling capacity at the site is said to increase from 5 million 9-liter cases to approximately 7.5 million cases, or about 120 million bottles, of James every year by 2017; thereby doubling the exports made by the company for the next 5 years.

Jameson is owned by Pernod Richard, a producer from France. Jameson’s sales have grown annually for 25 years and development of a new bottling plant came from a €200 million investment on its facilities located at Midleton Distillery, as well as its maturation plant located in Dungourney.

According to Mr. Bruton, Jameson’s success had made the Irish whiskey among the serious players in the industry. He also said that this happened because of how the drink was marketed to other countries.

Teeling Whiskey

Along with Jameson is the newly opened distillery Teeling Whiskey in Dublin that created 30 jobs. This €10 million distillery is actually the first new distillery that has opened in Dublin for over a century already. Aside from being a fully functional distillery, it also features a visitor center that has a bar, a café, a gift shop, and a function room for private events.

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The Boom of Irish Whiskey

According to a campaign that is being run by the Irish drinks and hospitality industry called “Support Your Local, these (Jameson’s expansion and the newly opened Teeling Whiskey) are clear signs of how the Irish whiskeys are taking a “firm hold” of the market.

Bart Storan, the campaign manager of Support Your Local, said “The Irish whiskey industry is experiencing an amazing period of growth at the moment, with annual exports up 220% since 2003.”

Teeling Whiskey Distillery is actually good for both the employment and tourism industry of Dublin. Aside from that, the expansion of the bottling facility of the Irish Distillers will support the overall goal of the Irish whiskey industry which is to at least double the exports by year 2020 and double it again by 2030, as well as to increase the market share of Irish whiskeys from 4% to 12% by the year 2030.

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