Global consumption of Irish whiskey has taken a substantial rise in the past five years. A total of 60 million litres was purchased last year. This has risen significantly from four million litres in 2008. The whiskey sector calculate its expansion at about 20 per cent a year.
Irish whiskey has reached such demand that Irish Distillers have just spent €200 million expanding its facilities in Cork. €100 million was spent on a new warehouse and maturing facility at Dungourney. Another €100 million was spent on on expanding Midleton DistilleryTullamore Dew is investing €35 million in a new distillery in Co. Offally.
Walsh Whiskey has joined forces with Italian manufacturers,Illva Saronno, maker Disaronno and Tia Maria, to build a new €25 million plant in Co. Carlow, where it will produce its existing brands, Writer’s Tears and the Irishman.