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Irish whiskey eyes a slice of Scotch's global pie

We've had a reminder this month of the high levels of investment being ploughed into the renaissance of Irish whiskey by emerging players....

IWSC Spirits Winners 2013 III

Earlier today (24 July), the International Wine & Spirit Competition released the list of full winners for spirits for 2013. Here is the lis...

Focus – Brown Forman's Slane Castle Irish Whiskey

Olly Wehring | 3 Jun 2015

Late yesterday, Brown-Forman announced its entry into the Irish whiskey category through the purchase of Slane Castle Irish Whiskey Ltd

Irish Whiskey: Set to Cause a Rattle & Hum?

Ian Buxton | 29 Oct 2013

The recent spate of activity in the Irish whiskey category suggests that the sub-category is looking to make waves in the spirits world. Ian Buxton takes a closer look and considers whether all the fuss is justified.

Beam loses race for Absolut: Five years on

Olly Wehring | 17 Apr 2013

It was five years ago this week that Beam Global Spirits & Wine – as Beam Inc was then known – started to come to terms with Pernod Ricard's last-minute grab of takeover target Vin & Sprit and the Absolut vodka brand at the end of March, 2008.

Comment - Flavoured whisk(e)y: A Spirited Move

Ian Buxton | 10 May 2012

Our whisk(e)y specialist, Ian Buxton, has had his head turned this month by a glut of flavoured whiskies. Or, 'spirit drinks', if you're a European.

Latest Interviews

Interview - Walsh Whiskey Distillery founder

Olly Wehring | 25 Sep 2015

It's almost two years since Walsh Whiskey Distillery sold a stake to Italy's Illva Saronno, resulting in a healthy cash injection that is funding the construction of a new distillery for the Carlow-based Irish whiskey producer. Earlier this month, just-drinks met Walsh Whiskey's founder, Bernard Walsh, to talk about the category in general and the future for Walsh in particular.

just-drinks Interview - Irish Distillers' CEO - II

James Wilmore | 12 Sep 2013

Last week, just-drinks caught up with Irish Distillers' CEO Anna Malmhake. Part one of the interview ran on Tuesday. Here, in the second and concluding part of the interview, Malmhake discusses Irish whiskey's image, Pernod's competitors in the category and the threat of alcohol legislation in Ireland.

Latest News

Teeling Whiskey Co's Teeling Single Malt

Olly Wehring | 10 Sep 2015

Teeling Whiskey Co has released the third iteration in its premium range of namesake Irish whiskies.

Teeling Whiskey Co opens Dublin distillery

Andy Morton | 11 Jun 2015

The Teeling Whiskey Co has officially opened its Dublin distillery as it looks to tap into growing demand for Irish whiskey.

Brown-Forman makes Irish whiskey play

Olly Wehring | 2 Jun 2015

Brown-Forman is the latest international spirits company to enter the Irish whiskey category, with the purchase of Slane Castle Irish Whiskey Ltd.

just a While Ago - On 19 December in...

Olly Wehring | 19 Dec 2014

Here's a look at what was happening on this day in...

Irish whiskey producers launch own trade group

James Wilmore | 9 Apr 2014

A new trade body has been established to promote the interests of the fast-growing Irish whiskey sector.

Sidney Frank CEO speaks out over Beam Inc lawsuit

James Wilmore | 25 Feb 2014

Sidney Frank’s CEO has said he is “pleased” but not surprised that a US federal judge has allowed the firm's US$100m lawsuit against Beam Inc to proceed.

Irish whiskey aiming high as global firms invest

James Wilmore | 11 Sep 2013

Irish whiskey can become 10% of global whisk(e)y category sales helped by drinks firms' renewed interest in the sub-sector, according to the head of Pernod Ricard's Irish Distillers.

Diageo agrees Dundalk brewery sale

James Wilmore | 21 Aug 2013

Diageo's 'Harp Brewery' in Dundalk, Ireland, is set to become a whiskey distillery after a deal was agreed with new owners.

Teeling Whiskey Co's Silver Reserve 21YO

Olly Wehring | 17 Jun 2013

Teeling Whiskey Co's Silver Reserve 21 Year Old Single Malt

Beam unveils online ads, redesign for Kilbeggan

Andy Morton | 18 Mar 2013

Beam Inc has rolled out a packaging redesign and marketing campaign for its brand Kilbeggan Whiskey.

Beam Inc hits back at US$100m lawsuit

Andy Morton | 4 Mar 2013

Beam Inc is “confident” of victory in a legal battle with Sidney Frank after the US importer filed a lawsuit against the global group and a subsidiary for US$100m.

Teeling Whiskey Company's Poitín

Olly Wehring | 11 Dec 2012

Teeling Whiskey Company's Poitín

Beam Inc acquires 2 Gingers Irish whiskey

James Wilmore | 10 Dec 2012

Beam Inc is set to bbost its Irish whiskey portfolio with the acquisition of the 2 Gingers brand.

Diageo, Suntory mull move for Beam Inc - report

Olly Wehring | 9 Dec 2012

A report in a UK newspaper today (9 December) has claimed that Diageo and Suntory held talks earlier this year with a view to making a move for Beam Inc.

Teeling's Hybrid Malt Whiskey Edition No.1

Olly Wehring | 22 Oct 2012

Teeling Whiskey Company's Hybrid Malt Whiskey Edition No.1

Beam Inc hands Cooley UK distribution to Maxxium

Olly Wehring | 27 Jun 2012

Beam Inc is set to take the UK distribution of its recently-acquired Cooley Distillery in-house from Eaux de Vie.

US: Beam Inc to consolidate new brands - analyst

Andy Morton | 4 May 2012

Beam Inc will focus on developing its brands, after completing a spate of acquisitions that are expected to boost next year's bottom line, an analyst has said.

just The Preview - Beam Inc Q1

Andy Morton | 3 May 2012

Beam Inc will report its first-quarter results today (3 May). Here, just-drinks takes a look at the highs and lows for the company in the three months to the end of March.

William Grant hands Tullamore Dew to Campari

Olly Wehring | 26 Apr 2012

William Grant & Sons has switched distributors in Germany for its Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey brand.

just The Preview - Pernod Ricard H1 & Q2

Chris Mercer | 14 Feb 2012

Pernod Ricard is set to report its half-year and second-quarter results on Thursday (16 February). Here, just-drinks takes a look at highs and lows for the company in the three months to the end of December.

just the Preview – Beam Inc Q4 & FY

Chris Mercer | 1 Feb 2012

Beam Inc is set to release its Q4 and full-year results on Friday (3 February). Below, we take a look at the highs and lows for the company in the three months to the end of December.

Beam Inc completes Cooley Distillery buy

Chris Mercer | 17 Jan 2012

Beam Inc has closed its acquisition of Cooley Distillery and has already earmarked the firm's Kilbeggan brand as a potential vehicle for capitalising on strong demand for Irish whiskey.

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