• Oisin Kelly World Champion

    What does it mean to be PROUD.

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    Honestly, I have had one of the most amazing weeks. For the last few months I have been practicing and practicing for the World cocktail championships, when we arrived in Chengdu I spent every spare minute with my ironing board in the room practicing again and again and the outcome was worth all the work.

    It resulted in a gold medal and an award for best young bartender. All of that is great for me but the best part of all is that I get to represent my country, my wonderful industry and the bartenders association of Ireland. It filled me with ecstatic pride to wear a green blazer adorned with the shape of our little rock on it and see the reaction of others as the Irish team spent every minute together. Any bartender in Ireland is winner already if they look around and see the support that we can give to each other.

    I wanted to thank all of the bartenders and friends who sent well wishes. I was very unconnected in china but it was overwhelming and very inspirational to see the support we were given. At the event Declan ByrneAndy O’GormanAriel Sanecki and Michał Gadzała were the best travelling companions you could ask for taking me through my routine and supporting me where and when I needed it.
    Also the Alan Kavanagh and the team behind us all the way at Edward Dillon, they made it possible for me to represent Ireland and for this I will be forever grateful, we achieved a wonderful result for the Bartenders association of Ireland and for all the supporters behind it.

    For all those people wondering about entering the next cocktail competition that comes up, DO IT. If you lose…. Wait for the next one and do that one too and repeat the process. Regardless of the outcome, the cocktail competitions I have entered over the last few years have help to shape and change who I am and made me a better bartender and person because if it. It is always about the experience and journey and most importantly the friends we make along the way.

    🇮🇪🍸Irish hospitality til’ I Die 🍸🇮🇪

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  • Wine Diary Highlights for November  2019

    Wine Diary Highlights for November  2019
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    The diary is as busy as ever with lots of consumer wine fairs taking place in November.  This weekend O’Briens Winter Wine Festival takes place in Cork (Nov 7th) and Dublin (8th & 9th) lots of producers attending, great opportunity to taste their portfolio.

    Mitchell & Son have a Riedel Comparative Tasting in Ashbourne on November 14th.  Not to be missed!John Wilson will present a Rioja Masterclass on Tuesday 19th November, 2019 at The Dean Hotel in Harcourt Street, Dublin 2.  There will be two sessions, 11.00 – 12.00 a.m. or 3.00 – 4.30 p.m.

    The tasting is only open to trade & press and places must be booked in advance.  The focus on Spain’s flagship region will include a tasting of 12 wines and the presentation will highlight the latest developments in the region.

    To book a place (please specify the time) please contact:  Jean Smullen Email jean@jeansmullen.com or Tel: 086 816 8468

    Whiskey Live Dublin 2019  is Ireland’s premier whiskey tasting event. With over 60 exhibitors, all providing whisk(e)y samples. Meet the faces behind your favourite brands, from both Ireland & across the globe. 22nd & 23rd November, 2019 at the Printworks in Dublin Castle. Look out for the exciting Masterclass programme which this year is the most exciting yet with classes presented by Teeling, Dingle, Tullamore DEW, Dublin Liberties, Glendalough, Diageo, Pappy Van Winkle, Buffalo Trace, Michters, Method & Madness, Mitchell &Sons, Macallan and Templeton Rye.
    More details here https://www.eventbrite.ie/d/ireland/whiskey-live-dublin/

    January 2020

    Dates for your diary in January 2020.  New Zealand Annual Trade Tasting Monday 13th January, 2020 and French Wine Discoveries Fair (all wineries seeking representation on the Irish market) Tuesday 14th January, 2020 both at the Radisson Blu in Golden Lane.  More details to follow.

    Nov 7th-9th O’Briens Winter Wine Fest Cork & Dublin
    Nov 14th Riedel Comparative Tasting in Dunboyne
    Nov 19th Rioja Sessions with