Club News February 2014

First of all we would like to welcome all the new members that were signed up since Christmas time. It’s great to see so much interest in the club, and indeed in Irish whiskey in general.

For those of you that live nearby we have a few whiskey tastings coming up that have been organised through the shop. Don’t forget that all club members get a discount on these, so be sure to mention your membership when buying a ticket. Details are below:

All tastings start at 7:30pm and are held at the Palace Bar, Fleet Street, Dublin.

6th March 2014- Single Malts from the Benriach Distillery
This will include some rare gems from 1977 and 1976.
Tickets €40 in advance. €36 for Celtic Whiskey Club members.

20th March 2014- Underneath the Covers at the Teeling Whiskey Company
An in depth look at the offerings from the Teeling Whiskey Company.
Tickets €22.50 in advance. €20 for Celtic Whiskey Club members.

Future tasting events; 10th April, 1st May, 22nd May. Details TBC.

The next sample for club members is coming in around 2-3 weeks. We have a bumper edition, so to speak, this time. More details will be announced soon, but we hope to give you 3 samples this time, not just one!

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The 2013 Irish Whiskey Awards – Results

We would like to thank everyone that came along to the awards evening on Friday the 4th October. The event was a big success with a great selection of food and drink, and a good time had by all.

Extra special thanks to the Celtic Whiskey Club and Irish Whiskey Society for taking part in the voting process, to all the suppliers who helped out on the evening, and to all the staff at the Bow Street visitor’s centre.

We can now reveal the winners!

Irish Poitin of the Year

Teeling Whiskey Company Poitin

Runners up…

Glendalough Sherry Cask Poitin and Cooley Single Pot Still Poitin.

Best Blended Whiskey (under €50)

Writers Tears Pot Still Blend

Runners up…

Powers 12 Year Old Special Reserve, Teeling Small Batch

Best Blended Whiskey (over €50)

Midleton Very Rare 2013

Runners up…

Jameson Gold Reserve and Jameson 18 Year Old Limited Reserve

Irish Single Cask of the Year

Tyrconnell 14 Year Old Cask 204/96

Runner up…

Midleton Cask 1044, Bottled for the Loop at Dublin Airport

Cask Strength Whiskey of the Year

Redbreast 12 Year old cask strength

Runners up…

Writers Tears Cask strength and Connemara Turf Mor

Single Pot Still Whiskey of the Year

Redbreast 15 Year Old

Runners up…

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy and Yellow Spot 12 Year Old

Irish Single Malt of the Year

Bushmills 21 Year Old

Runners up…

Teeling Whiskey Company 21 Year Old and Bushmills 12 Year Old Distillery Reserve.

Whiskey Bar of the Year

L Mulligan Grocers

And the runners up…

The Palace Bar, WJ Kavanaghs and Against the Grain

and finally.

The Irish Whiskey of the Year 2013

Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength

 

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The countdown is nearly over. The votes have all been cast and the trophies are on their way.

We are looking forward to a night of celebration on Friday the 4th October. Join us for the inaugural Irish Whiskey Awards from 7.30pm.

There are still a limited number of tickets left for the night which is an unmissable opportunity to try the best Irish Whiskeys and to mingle with the people that help make it.

There will be food and drink available from the start with representatives from beer, poitin and whiskey companies serving up their wares.

In-store Cask Strength and Single Cask whiskey tastings

Hello Club Members,

It is time to get going on the Irish Single Cask and Irish Cask Strength categories for the Irish Whiskey awards. There are not many products made in these two categories but the quality is very high and it is worth getting familiar with the eligible whiskeys. To give you the chance to try some we will be offering daily in-store tastings from Saturday 14th-Wednesday 18th September.
 
We will be giving anyone that can make it into the shop some free samples and a voting form which they can submit there and then. Just pop in with your membership card (or quote your name and number) and a member of staff will be able to help out. For everyone else we will be asking for proxy votes via email this will be done on Friday 13th and will be included with final voting in some of the remaining categories. 
 
We would also like to remind you that tickets are still available to the Irish Whiskey Awards which take place on Friday 4th October. These are available to buy from the shop for just €25 per member and €40 for non-members.
 
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Single Pot Still tasting night

Hello Celtic Whiskey Club members,

As part of the ongoing voting process for the Irish Whiskey Awards we will be holding a blind tasting of the Irish single pot still whiskeys. The event takes place on Thursday September 5th at WJ Kavangh’s pub in Dublin. Tickets are only available to club members and must be bought in advance for €15 from the Celtic Whiskey Shop. The event runs from 7.30pm and will be hosted by an Irish Distillers representative. 

This will be a blind tasting with a voting taking place afterwards to determine the winner.

Club members who are unable to attend can also buy a tasting pack for the price of €30 posted anywhere in the world. We will be inviting these members to submit their choices at a later date via email.

The tasting night should be a great event and the blind tasting format may well throw up a few surprises! 

For more details please contact us on +353 (0) 16759744 or via the usual email addresses.

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Tweet tasting and Competition Winner

Hello,

You should all have your samples of the latest whiskey which is a Midleton Mystery Cask. For those of you on Twitter we will be holding a Tweet tasting online from 7pm on Monday 17th June (BST), so if you haven’t sampled it yet feel free to join in. We’ll be tweeting from @celticwhiskey and @celticwhiskeycl using the hashtag #midletoncask. We hope you enjoy it!

The lucky winner of the Japanese samples was Doug Nicholson in the States. He correctly answered that our first Midleton single cask was released in 2008. Enjoy your whiskies Doug, they should be with you very soon.

We will have more goodies to be won very soon. Watch this space.

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More samples to be won…

Thanks to everyone that entered our first competition. There were plenty of correct answers, it seems a lot of you were able to find out that our shop opened in 2003!

Our next competition gives club members the chance to wine some samples of Japanese whiskies from one of the smaller producers in the country. There are twelve different small samples, some of which are very nice indeed.

For a chance to win email you answer to the following question to tastings@celticwhiskeyshop.com

Q: In what year did the Celtic Whiskey Shop release it’s first single cask Midleton bottling?

We will announce a winner by May 31st, so please get your answers in before then!