Tindal Lands Craggy Tindal Wine Merchant Managing director Anthony Tindal said that ‘after visiting its estates in both Hawkes’ Bay and Martinborough, New Zealand in 2012, I knew this was a brand we wanted to represent.’Tindal will list wines from the Craggy Range Prestige and Family collections including the flagship ‘Sophia 2011’
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Whiskey Tasting News
Celtic Whiskey Shop Dublin have 2 whiskey tastings organised and as always these will most likely sell out in advance, so be quick to avoid missing out! Tickets are available either from the shop or by phone (01 675 9744).
Islay Single Malt Tasting- Thursday 19th June, 7.30pm at The Palace Bar (upstairs)
We will be sampling whiskies from all the currently available distilleries on the island of Islay with two highlights being the Laphroaig 18 Year Old and the Bowmore 23 Year Old. An opportunity not to be missed, especially if you like the smokier side of whiskies.
Tickets are €30 per person (€27 for Celtic Whiskey Club Members) and must be bought in advance.
American Whiskeys- Thursday 3rd July, 7.30pm at The Palace Bar (upstairs)
A great mix of American whiskeys to try. Not just your regular big brand Bourbons! Expect some of the more unusual and flavoursome whiskeys available from Kentucky and beyond.
Tickets are €25 per person (€22.50 for Celtic Whiskey Club Members) and must be bought in advance.
As Father’s day quickly approaches we have decided to pick out some of our favourite bottles which are sure to impress any Irish whiskey drinkers out there.
The Teeling Whiskey Company
The Teeling family have been involved in Irish whiskey production for 3 decades, with John Teeling being the main founder of the Cooley distillery back in the late 80’s. The family have roots in the Dublin whiskey trade and claim to have an ancestor who distilled way back in 1782. Now John’s sons, Jack and Stephen and running the Teeling Whiskey Company and have already started work on building a distillery in the Liberties area of Dublin. What is impressive about this young company is that they have managed to source an impressive inventory of mature and interesting whiskey. Expect to hear more about them in the future!
This was the first release from the Teelings and is their core brand. We regularly have it on tasting in the shop and it has been a real hit with our customers. Blended from malt and grain whiskey, what sets this apart is the finishing in Nicaraguan rum casks which add a touch of sweet, tropical fruit flavour. The bottle also looks great, like all the Teeling range.
This was awarded ‘Worlds Best Grain Whiskey’ at the prestigious World Whiskey Awards 2014 and it was well deserved. The Teeling Single Grain has a lovely, buttery texture with flavours of creme brulee, vanilla, dried fruits and gentle spice. Silky smooth and very easy to drink!
A very impressive whiskey from some of the very mature stock held by the Teelings. This is partly matured in Sauternes sweet wine casks (a first for Irish whiskey). I think I can safely say that this has impressed a lot of people, especially at the World Whiskey Awards 2014 where it won ‘Best Irish Single Malt’!
A more recent release, this is pretty much the best Irish whiskey we have tasted all year. It is partly matured in white Burgundy casks which add some buttered toast, vanilla and apple flavours. Wonderfully complex and mouth-filling, this makes a great after dinner malt.
Amazingly we have been fortunate enough to taste this whiskey. What can we say but wow! This is currently the oldest Irish single malt on the market, it is packaged in an amazing box and it tastes incredible. Hopefully anyone that buys it will be brave enough to break the seal and share it out.
Alltech, Lexington Distilling and Brewing Company
Founded by Irishman Pearse Lyons, this company can’t seem to do anything wrong. They started out in agriculture and animal feed in the US. Now as they branch out they are brewing and distilling and are also currently in the process of building a distillery in Dublin. We carry their range of whiskeys and beers, which are all currently made in Kentucky.
A super-smooth single malt, from Kentucky of all places! Supple and soft to taste with malty, biscuity, vanilla infused flavours and just a hint of spice. Almost ‘Irish’ in style, this is an easy to drink whiskey that is happy straight up, over ice or even in a deluxe whiskey cocktail.
Made using the best, limestone rich water which is essential to good bourbon distilling and then aged in American white oak. This has a lovely spice and fruit character on the nose typical of good bourbons. Creamy and soft to taste with complex and warming flavours. Great for a sunny evening outside with a drop of ice!
Slovenian Wine Tasting – P&F Wineries (14/5/14)
“A superb tasting was conducted by Ms. Kirstin Veldkamp of P&F Wineries for Guild members. Not only was it informative but it gave us an insight into the ‘Furmint’ grape and a broad overview of this visually stunning countries tradition of winemaking. It is reputed that the Puklavec family have invested 30million in a radical and innovative revamp of their winery that is equipped with the latest ‘state-of-the-art’ technologies.
This family run winery is spearheaded by Vladmir Puklavecis who along with his team are constantly in the pursuit of excellence by producing high quality wines. P&F Wineries are creating some very intriguing and appealing wines that have won numerous international awards such as Decanter and IWSC over the last couple of years. They have their own nurseries which produce 240,000 new vines every year.
As the company’s Winemaker Mitja Herga states their mission is to “reflect the vineyard into the glass”.
Some of the gems we tasted on the day from the company’s ‘Gomila’ brand were – the ‘Furmint – 2012’ and the ‘Sauvignon Blanc – 2012’. We tasted two special wines which came from their wineries archive – ‘Furmint Spatlese – 1993’ and ‘Furmint Trockenbeerenauslese -1978’. These wines can be bought directly off their website www.archivewines.com.
Jancis Robinson is on record as quoting Slovenia as – “a country of extreme wine making” with “their white wines as the most original gift to the world of wine”.
Maybe now is an opportunity to branch out from your comfort zone and go for a Slovenian wine, yes they may be in a slightly higher price bracket, but you will not be disappointed!
To find out more about the company and their wines please view their website www.pfwineries.com or email Kirstin Veldkamp – firstname.lastname@example.org or contact their distributor in Ireland email@example.com Ph: 01-4668900“. [Caroline O’Dowd] ©
Taittinger Scores with World Cup The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has selected Champagne Taittinger Brut Réserve as the official Champagne of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Braziil.
Entry deadline: 8th July 2014
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To enter The Irish Whiskey Masters 2014, you must be one of the following: a brand owner, a producer, a distributor/importer or a retailer
Restaurants Association of Ireland , Cocktail making competition at The Guinness Storehouse, Dublin. May 2014 .No fee for reproduction – please credit Paul Sherwood. Copyright Paul Sherwood © 2014 .
Mike O’ Gonnor, Assistant Head of School, Culinary Arts and Food Technology,College of Arts and Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology, Declan Byrne, President Bartenders Association of Ireland & Andy O Gorman judges at the competition.