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The Most Expensive First Release in Whiskey History - Members' News - Week 49 - 2020

Dec 1, 2020, by Fionnuala Malone - Category: Members' News

Welcome to GS1 Ireland's members' news for week 49. The finalists of the National Small Business Awards have been announced, a coffee-flavoured beer comes on the market and the most expensive first release whiskey ever is launched. Read on for more.

National Small Business Awards 2021 Finalists Announced

The finalists in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2021 have been announced. The aim of the awards is to celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland, and to recognise the vital contribution of small businesses to the Irish economy.  

Among the finalists are many GS1 Ireland members including; 

Dromod Boxty, Leitrim  
Goatsbridge Fish Processing, Kilkenny    
Funky Monkey Foods, Dublin 
Miena’s Handmade Nougat, Wicklow  
The Irish Biltong Company, Kildare  
Kora Healthcare, Dublin  

The winners of each category will be announced on Thursday, 11 February 2020 in a virtual exhibition. Congratulations to all the finalists and best of luck for on the 11th of February from everyone at GS1 Ireland.

3FE and Whiplash have created a new coffee beer

A Dublin based coffee company have teamed up with master brewers to produce a new product. 3FE and Whiplash have collaborated on a new coffee beer, which they've called Heart of Chambers, and it is available now. Heart of Chambers is available on the Whiplash website and from select off-licences while stocks last. 

Meat-free Christmas Alternatives

Irish “meatless meat” brand, Thanks Plants, has launched a new product, taking on the traditional roast turkey crown. Aisling Cullen’s festive roast includes seitan flour, pearl barley, cannellini beans, vegetables and spices, plus stuffing made from mushrooms, chestnuts and cranberries. It’s €19.95 for 1kg and is available to purchase on the Thanks Plants website

Modern Botany wins an Image award

The IMAGE Business of Beauty Awards 2020 winners were announced this week, with Most Innovative Irish Brand going to GS1 Ireland member, Modern Botany. Huge congratulations to Modern Botany on their win.

Taste of Tipperary hamper showcases top local produce

Tipperary Food Producers Network has launched a new 'Taste of Tipperary' Hamper, in conjunction with Hampers & Co. The hamper includes ten products from ten of the network’s members including GS1 Ireland members, The Apple Farm – Con’s Apple Cider, Cooleeney Farmhouse Cheese, Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers renowned Blue Cheese, Crossogue Preserves delicious Chutney, Vera Miklas Freeze Dried Strawberries, Rivesci’s tasty Cashew Chilli Crush and Ayle Farm’s homemade granola. Details of the hamper can be found on or

Cape Clear Island distillery teams up with three others to create the Coast Road gin gift pack

Cape Clear Island Distillery, Ireland’s only island distillery, has teamed up with distilleries in Sliabh Liag, Galway and Kerry to create a unique Irish gin gift pack. Featuring four 100ml bottles, the “Coast Road” gift pack features handcrafted gins, all from the west coast, making it a great Christmas gift for the gin lover in your life. You can purchase the gift pack in selected off licences. 


Photo credit: Cape Clear Island Distillery Twitter

Master Distillers Recognised at Chairman’s Awards

Individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Irish whiskey industry have been recognised at the Irish Whiskey at their Chairman’s Awards, which took place virtually on November 26th.

Among The Chairman’s Awards 2020 awardees were GS1 Ireland members;

Billy Leighton, Master Blender, Irish Distillers
Helen Mulholland, Master Blender, Old Bushmills Distillery
Noel Sweeney, Master Distiller, Powerscourt Distillery

Congratulations to all of the award winners.

The Most Expensive First Release in Whiskey History

Craft Irish Whiskey Co. has recently launched the oldest-ever triple-distilled whiskey, a triple-distilled, 29-year-old single malt called The Devil’s Keep, At €10,000 it’s the most expensive first release in the history of whiskey. If you have the cash, you can buy it here.

That's it for this week, be sure to come back next Thursday for more news from GS1 Ireland members around the country. If you are a GS1 Ireland member and you have some news you would like to share, please get in touch at, we would love to hear from you.

Tags: Christmas, Irish, whiskey, hampers