• The Robin has landed at the Palace

    Willie Aherne’s Whiskey Palace at the Palace Bar, Fleet Street, Dublin was chosen as the first on-trade establishment to release a 17 year-old single cask Irish whiskey.

    Redbreast 17 Year Old Single Malt was exclusively bottled for Willie Aherne’s Whiskey Palace. A historic day here in The Palace, first Dublin pub, to have a redbreast single cask Irish whiskey. Exclusively bottled, yield of 540 bottles, 59.7%, 17year old from cask 18831. The whiskey was aged in  a first-fill ex-Sherry cask. The result is a limited edition collectible whiskey. The whiskey was introduced at a tasting in the Whiskey Palace on 21st November,2018 at which  bottles were released for general sale.

    Willie Aherne of the Whiskey Palace said: “Our shelves are already full of the finest selection of Irish whiskey but the addition of this label, unique to us, has been a dream in the making for many years. Since we announced that we’d be releasing the Redbreast 17 Year Old there has been great anticipation among whiskey collectors and enthusiasts alike.

    At the launch Willie also stated we chose to partner with Irish Distillers for this venture due to the consistent quality of their whiskey and multiple awards won by the distillery over the years We knew they would produce a special whiskey for us at the Whiskey Palace. This is the coming together of two great houses that have such a strong history and heritage.”

    The Palace has attained international acclaim for its singular devotion to the promotion of Irish whiskey. In excess of 300 of the finest Irish whiskies can be savoured here attracting whiskey connoisseurs from far and wide. This excellent range of Irish whiskies has been developed by Willie Aherne. When Bill Aherne, acquired the palace in 1946 it was common for public houses to have their own bottled whiskey and The Palace Bar had the renowned “The Palace Brand Whiskey”. August 2011 The Palace Bar revived this tradition of having its own bottled whiskey again with the exclusive single cask “The Palace Bar 9 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey” which was launched on 18th August, 2011.

    In October 2013 the Palace opened a whiskey bar called Whiskey Palace and on the same night launched a new whiskey called Palace Bar Fourth Estate Single Malt.  The name the ‘Fourth Estate’ refers to the time when the journalists would frequent the Palace Bar and use it as if it were their office.

    November, 2018 Redbreast 17 Year Old Single Malt is a prestigious addition to their offering. It’s on sale in the bar for €25 a measure, with a bottle priced at €350.

    Redbreast 17 Year Old Single Cask begins with a smooth mouthfeel, and then exposes mild nuttiness and dried fruit character. As the tannins evolve, slightly drier notes come to the fore, along with roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. The pot still spices linger, while the sweet fruit character fades, leaving the oak tannins continuing to the end.

    Today, the Palace Bar is run by Willie Aherne ably assisted by his father Liam.

    Oliver Murtagh, President and Andrew O’ Gorman, Secretary Irish Guild of Sommeliers attended the function last night on the invitation of Willie Aherne.

    Willie Aherne Palace Bar & Whiskey Palace


  • Let’s Get Fizzical


    Let's Get Fizzical by Pippa Guy

  • Flavours of New Zealand 2019 Consumer Show

    Flavours of New Zealand 2019 Consumer Show

    by Jean Smullen

    Published 02/11/2018

    New Zealand Winegrowers will host its 22nd tasting of New Zealand wines in Ireland in January 2019.  With a number of key New Zealand wineries showing at the Dublin show in 2019 there will be over 150 New Zealand wines available to taste. The consumer tickets are now on sale.   This is one of the most popular consumer wine events and is a great way to start the wine New Year!

    Participating wineries for the 2019 New Zealand Winegrowers annual tasting include:  Askerne Winery, Babich,  Brancott Estate, Cloudy Bay, Felton Road, Lawsons Dry Hills, Mt Beautiful Wines – Teece Family Vineyards,  Oyster Bay,  Pegasus Bay, Sacred Hill, Saint Clair Family Estate, Seifried Estate,   te Pa Family Vineyards, Villa Maria, Yealands Family Wines

    FLAVOURS OF NEW ZEALAND – DUBLIN 2019   6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 

    Monday 14th January, 2019   Venue:  Radisson Blu, Golden Lane, Dublin 8.

    Tickets are now on sale price €15.00. A great idea as a Christmas stocking filler for the wine enthusiast in your life.

    To purchase tickets you can use the following methods:

    To purchase a ticket to the 2019 New Zealand event CLICK HERE   (Credit Card accepted)

    Or contact Jean Smullen in Dublin. Email:  jean@jeansmullen.com  Telephone (086) 816 8468

  • One Of Ireland’s Most Expensive Bottles Of Whiskey Goes Under The Hammer


    One of only 117 bottles available worldwide, the Midleton 30th Anniversary Pearl Edition is the lot to watch at the forthcoming Irish Whiskey Auctions. Expected to sell in the region of €15,000, this exclusive premium Irish whiskey is just one of over 200 lots that will be listed on the online auction, which goes live on November 16 at www.IrishWhiskeyAuctions.ie.

    Organised by Irish Whiskey Auctions, the company held its first auction last month, with 167 lots up for sale and buyers logging on and bidding from Ireland, UK, Germany, USA and Singapore. Among the lots sold were the complete collection of Irish Midleton Very Rare (34 bottles), selling for €36,100 to a publican from Waterford, and an early collection of ten bottles of small-batch Dingle whiskey, which was sold for €5,500 to a bidder in Singapore.

    Superseding Expectations

    “In January this year, the idea of building Irish Whiskey Auctions came to me during a conversation in L. Mulligan whiskey shop, Dublin. In less than one year we have superseded all our expectations, launching and hosting ‘Ireland’s first online whiskey auction’ with 167 lots and the average bottle selling for €550 – significantly surpassing our expectations of €200 for the average bottle in the first auction,” said Anthony Sheehy, founder of Irish Whiskey Auctions.

    Spanning nine days, the next online auction launches on November 16th at 5pm and runs until 7pm Sunday 25th November. Users must register to participate in the auctions, but sellers can sell for free as there’s no listing fee for the November auction.

    Investors And Investments

    Irish Whiskey Auctions was founded by Irish couple Anthony and Catherine Sheehy, and investors include publicans and whiskey enthusiasts Alan Campbell, owner of The Bankers Bar on Trinity Street, Dublin, and Willie Aherne, owner of the Palace Bar on Dublin’s Fleet Street.

    The company has already invested over €100,000 in creating the online platform, developing bespoke technology to enable a streamline and fair auctioneering process. One of the features includes an automatic page refresh every two seconds, which ensures buyers have the most up-to-date information in real-time.

    “A Simple Decision”

    Commenting on the company and his involvement with it, Campbell said, “I have been involved in the whiskey world for the last 20 years and whilst whiskey auctions are common across the UK and indeed Europe, it is hard to believe there wasn’t an online whiskey business portal in Ireland before now.

    “There’s huge demand for Irish whiskey and it’s now widely-regarded as an investment buy from collectors across the world. When Anthony approached me about this opportunity, coupled with my knowledge of the market and the export growth figures, it was a simple decision to get involved. I am excited to be a part of this new venture and am looking forward to seeing some amazing and rare whiskies come to light.”

    Treasure Hunting

    With monthly auctions planned, the company is appealing for people from across Ireland to check their cupboards and presses for hidden treasures, whether it is a bottle, case or a complete collection, which could be sold in one of its upcoming auctions or to get in touch for a free valuation.

    “A New Beginning”

    Speaking about his passion for whiskey and involvement with the company, Aherne added, “Whiskey runs throughout our family history at The Palace Bar, so much so that in October 2013 I opened the Whiskey Palace above my family-owned tavern – The Palace Bar – and we even produce our own whiskey brand.

    “I am really excited to be a part of Ireland’s first platform that will promote Irish whiskey worldwide as well as acting as a marketplace for buyers and sellers. Irish Whiskey Auctions hails a new beginning for collectors and fans of whiskey.”

    Irish Whiskey Auctions offers collectors and first-time buyers and sellers a simple and professional platform to access the finest whiskey with global reach. The next auction launches on November 16, 2018. For more information, visit www.irishwhiskeyauctions.ie.

  • Media Release: New Zealand Sommelier scholarship

    Ian Brosnan of Ely wine bar Ely Place

    New Zealand Winegrowers 2019 Sommelier Scholarship recipients announced
    New Zealand Winegrowers is pleased to announce the 18 successful sommeliers chosen to participate in
    the 2019 New Zealand Winegrowers International Sommelier Scholarship.
    The New Zealand Winegrowers Sommelier Scholarship is a global initiative with sommeliers from
    Australia, Asia, Canada, Europe, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and USA all
    eligible to participate.
    Limited to just 20 attendees, the two-day Sommit™ will be hosted in Hawke’s Bay on the 25 & 26 January
    2019, by NZ Master of Wine Stephen Wong and UK Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn.
    The event is a celebration of the lesser known aspects of New Zealand wine, with particular emphasis on
    the facets that resonate with the sommelier community and is just one part of an intensive programme
    of 11 days, including the International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration in Marlborough and the Chardonnay
    and Sparkling Wine symposium in Gisborne.
    “It has been a privilege to welcome such a talented and passionate group of wine professionals to New
    Zealand on the scholarship programme, exploring the depth and breadth of New Zealand’s many wine
    regions,” said New Zealand Winegrowers’ Global Marketing Director Chris Yorke.
    Sommit™ is a closed-door sommelier-only event, and a very different kind of tasting that is directed by
    the attendees based on what they taste in the glass. “At the end of their experience we hope the scholars
    will share personal wine discoveries and insights from their trip with their customers and the wider
    sommelier community – something we simply cannot replicate in a classroom. We look forward to them
    becoming true ambassadors for New Zealand wine,” said Mr Yorke.
    The 18 successful sommeliers are:
    • Arneis Wu, Joel Robuchon (Shanghai)
    • Kerry Qin, Bellagio Hotel (Shanghai)
    • Mathias Camilleri MS, CE LA VI (Singapore)
    • Matthew Dunne, Solotel (Sydney)
    • Emma Farrelly, State Buildings (Perth)
    • Stephanie Jacob, Supernormal (Melbourne)
    • David Murphy, One Penny Red (Sydney)
    • Bridget Raffal, Sixpenny (Sydney)
    • Véronique Rivest, SOIF Wine Bar (Quebec)
    United Arab Emirates:
    • Luca Gagliardi, Pierchic Restaurant (Dubai)
    New Zealand:
    • Candice Chow, Go To Collection (Queenstown)
    UK & Europe:
    • Melania Battiston, 28-50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen
    Ian Brosnan, Ely Restaurant Group (Ireland)
    • Emma Ziemann, Thörnströms Kök (Sweden)
    • Vanessa Da Silva, Ninety Acres (Peapack, New Jersey)
    • Jillian Riley, NoMI (Chicago, Illinois)
    • Winn Roberton, Bourbon Steak at Four Seasons (Washington D.C.)
    • Emily Tolbert, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse (Houston, Texas)
    To date, the New Zealand Winegrowers Sommelier Scholarship has hosted five Sommit™ events for 79
    sommeliers from 15 countries. Previous Sommit™ events have seen a marked increase in listings of New
    Zealand wines in top international restaurants.
    Visit https://www.nzwine.com/en/events/new-zealand/new-zealand-wine-sommit/
    for more information on the scholarship process and programme.
    • New Zealand wine is exported to more than 90 countries, with total exports reaching $1.7
    billion in 2018.
    For further information contact:
    Rhonda Finlay
    International Education Manager
    New Zealand Winegrowers
    +64 226513319