A Dublin bartender has beaten off stiff competition from Ireland’s top mixologists to win the opportunity to represent Ireland at the prestigious Diplomático Rum World Tournament in Venezuela. Pat Thomas of Zozimus Dublin was last night chosen as Ireland’s number one bartender at the national finals of the competition in The Sidecar in Dublin’s luxury hotel, The Westbury. He battled it out along with the other ten finalists from leading Irish bars across the country who had all created their own bespoke cocktails to impress the judges. In the end it was Pat’s ‘Duke Mantuano’ cocktail that won the judges’ favour. The recipe combined Diplomático Mantuano Rum with Amontillado Sherry, Fossinola syrup and lime juice. Judges - Rafael Agapito (Alan Clancy Group), Patricia Murphy (independent.ie), Gillian Boyle (Hang Dai Restaurant and Music Bar) and Declan Byrne (Bartending Association of Ireland) - were impressed [...]
Knappogue Castle 14 Year Old Twin Wood has been named the Irish Whiskey of the Year at the 2016 Irish Whiskey Awards. The label was also the overall winner in the Irish Single Malts Whiskey (13 years and older) category. The Irish Whiskey Awards, which are in their fourth year, recognise the excellence and innovation from indigenous producers and distillers. The awards spanned a total of 20 categories, including recognition of the best in Irish gin, Irish vodka, Irish liqueur, craft beer and Whiskey Bar of the Year. The Irish Single Malt Whiskey (12 Years & Younger) category was won by Dunvilles PX Single Malt and Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength took home the trophy in the Irish Single Pot Stills category. Teeling Small Batch got the nod for best Irish Blended Whiskey (RRP of less than €60) with Midleton Very Rare receiving the top accolade for the Irish [...]
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Irish Ambassador to the United States and Irish Whiskey Association Launch ‘Protect Irish Whiskey’ Campaignaveryl_quinn
The Irish Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Ann Anderson, joined the Irish Whiskey Association at the Irish Embassy in Washington D.C for the U.S. launch of the ‘Protect Irish Whiskey Campaign’, which aims to address in international markets the sale of products that are wrongly advertised, packaged, displayed or named in a way that they appear to be Irish Whiskey. Irish Whiskey must be distilled and matured in wooden casks on the island of Ireland for at least three years. The campaign is directed to Irish Whiskey producers, distributors and all who value Irish Whiskey, asking them to highlight any potentially misleading products to the Irish Whiskey Association so that action can be taken. As part of this campaign, the Irish Whiskey Association has arranged meetings with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and the [...]
On October 11th ‘All in the Food: 75 Years of Cathal Brugha Street’ was officially launched by Senator David Norris. The book celebrates The School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology, DIT - one of the world’s most famous culinary schools. Founded in 1941 it has taught generations of chefs and other food professionals, many of whom have spread their skills around the world or become household names. Dr Frank Cullen, Head of School, thanked all the contributors and highlighted the unique contribution which Cathal Brugha Street continues to make to the world of culinary education. The book contains recipes from nearly sixty contributors who currently train or have taught in Cathal Brugha Street including Darina Allen, Richard Corrigan, Michel Roux Jr, Neven Maguire, Ross Lewis, Stephen McAllister, Derry Clarke and Kevin Thornton. From starters, mains and desserts to a [...]