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A drop of Irish The Irish whiskey industry is growing rapidly, but could the lack of rules and regulations surrounding the spirit’s provenance once again prove its undoing?

Written by Blair Bowman

decade ago there were only four distilleries in Ireland. Fast forward ten years to today and in total there are eighteen, with another sixteen or so in the planning stages or already under construction. Irish whiskey is now the fastest-growing spirits category in the world. Of the dozens of new Irish whiskey brands appearing in the marketplace, many are produced from sourced whiskey, meaning that they are made under contract for a brand. This brings with it slightly dubious and questionable provenance. For example, some bottles from new distilleries have an age statement that outdates the age of the new distillery, some independently-bottled whiskey purports to be from a distillery that doesn’t exist or claims to have been made by a master distiller who is yet to own a distillery. One brand that is particularly guilty of the above is Hyde Irish Whiskey, which despite their marketing, the labelling on their bottles and news coverage, do not own a distillery in West Cork, or any warehousing, and do not

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