This special Drinks Adventures podcast episode reports on the current state of affairs in Irish whiskey, along with the heritage and production quirks that make it unique.
Irish whiskey is the fastest-growing spirit category in the world. Sales to the US are predicted to overtake Scotch whisky by 2030, and the category is also in strong growth in Australia.
It’s a remarkable turnaround for an industry that went through decades of decline.
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In 2010 there were only four operational Irish whiskey distilleries on the island of Ireland, north and south.
Today there are more than 40, producing a much wider array of whiskey styles than the lighter, sweeter taste profile the country is known for.
This episode of Drinks Adventures was made possible by the support of the Irish Whiskey Association.
You’ll meet its chief executive, William Lavelle, along with representatives from some emerging Irish whiskey brands: Teeling, Slane, Boann and The Dubliner.
William gets us underway with an overview of the association and its remit.
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