Events taking place nationwide to mark World Whiskey Day 2019

Friday, 17 May 2019

 World Whiskey Day takes place on Saturday, 18 May and is a global celebration of world whiskies
 Events taking place nationwide to celebrate Irish whiskey
 Global sales of Irish whiskey set to break the 11 million case barrier for the first time this year
 Irish whiskey set to remain world’s fastest growing whiskey category for the foreseeable future
 Visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries to reach 1 million for the first time ever
 IWA Head: “Irish whiskey exports leaving Ireland are booming – Irish whiskey will be toasted in 140 markets this World Whiskey Day”

To mark World Whiskey Day this coming Saturday 18 May, Irish whiskey distillers are host a diverse range of events across the country to celebrate the success of the product and the global growth of the industry.

Nationwide celebration
Events are taking place nationwide this weekend to mark World Whiskey Day.
There are numerous Irish whiskey tastings happening across the country this weekend; on Saturday, new entrant Gortinore Distillers and Co. is sampling its product Natterjack Irish Whiskey at Blackrock Cellar, Blackrock Co. Dublin.

Knappogue Irish Whiskey is hosting an Irish whiskey tasting at Knappogue Castle, Ennis Co. Clare for members of the Aviators Whiskey Society.

In Wicklow, Tullamore D.E.W are taking over Bray’s Martello Hotel, serving customers a selection of whiskey inspired drinks across the weekend.

Dingle Whiskey Distillery is celebrating World Whiskey Day at its Dublin-based Dingle Whiskey Bar on Nassau Street, inviting Irish whiskey lovers to drop in for a tasting of its latest release, Dingle Single Malt Batch Four, and a step back in time to look at the history and origins of Irish whiskey.

Egan’s Irish Whiskey is launching its new Centenary Irish Whiskey to mark the 100 year anniversary of the death of the brand’s co-founder, Henry Egan. The launch, which takes place in Tullamore, Co. Offaly on Saturday afternoon, will commence with a walking tour of Tullamore by the Offaly History Society followed by a launch celebration at the Brewery Tap Bar.

Teeling Distillery is offering a discount to visitors who avail of its Single Malt Experience at its Dublin 8 based distillery visitor centre this weekend. Around the corner, Christchurch-based Pearse Lyons Distillery is marking World whiskey Day by offering visitors to the distillery a complimentary T.P.L (Tonic, Pearse Whiskey and Lime), their signature serve cocktail.

Irish whiskey will be toasted in Poland this weekend, where Connacht Whiskey Distillery will be sampling its Irish whiskey product at World Whiskey Day celebrations in Krakow, Poland.

International growth
2018 was another year of exceptional sales growth for Irish whiskey, with global sales exceeding 10.5 million cases. It marked the first time that Irish whiskey sales have broken the 10 million case barrier since before Prohibition.

Global sales of Irish whiskey are set to break the 11 million case barrier for the first time this year and is set to remain the world’s fastest growing whiskey category for the foreseeable future.*

Visitor numbers growing
Equally, whiskey tourism numbers skyrocketed in 2018, with 923,000 tourists visiting Irish whiskey distillery visitor centres across the country. This number is expected to grow again in 2019, reaching 1 million visitors for the first time ever.

William Lavelle, Head of the Irish Whiskey Association, commented: “Irish whiskey will be toasted in 140 markets this weekend to celebrate World Whiskey Day 2019.

“Irish whiskey exports are booming and the number of tourists visiting our Irish whiskey distilleries across the country is similarly booming. We don’t expect this interest in Irish whiskey to slow down any time soon, and we anticipate that Irish whiskey sales will break the 11 million case barrier this year.

“There are now 24 operational Irish whiskey distilleries across the island of Ireland with the new Roe & Co Distillery at St. James Gates shortly about to become No. 25. There are also 17 Irish whiskey distillery visitor centres in all four corners of the country.

“We encourage both whiskey lovers and whiskey novices to get out this weekend and support their local Irish whiskey distiller by visiting a distillery centre or sampling an Irish whiskey product and toasting this great Irish success story.”