A Carlow native, Ryan moves from her previous post at Waterford Distillery, to succeed Aidan Finnegan who has moved to Scotland.
Ryan will have responsibility for the production of all three styles of Irish whiskey (pot still, malt and grain) at Walsh Whiskey Distillery. Commissioned on Easter Sunday in 2016, the distillery is one of the largest in the country with the capacity to produce eight million bottles of whiskey annually. It features both whiskey distilling systems, pot stills and column stills and is unique, for a large distillery, in being manually operated to allow for greater innovation in the distillation process.
The distillery has the impressive capacity to produce 650,000 cases (two and a half million litres of pure alcohol or eight million bottles) of whiskey annually.
Set deep in the heart of barley-growing country, directly over the Barrow Valley Aquifer and framed by 200 year old mighty oak trees on the banks of the River Barrow, the distillery is built on the Royal Oak estate, which dates back to 1755. It is just an hour from Dublin and 20 minutes from Kilkenny and is designed for visitors interested in experiencing the various whiskey production methods.
Established in 1999 by husband and wife, Bernard and Rosemary Walsh, the company produces The Irishman and Writers' Tears premium Irish whiskeys, which are sold in more than 40 countries worldwide.
There are several distillery tours daily throughout the summer, go to www.walshwhiskey.com for details.
Follow the podcast trail
Can't get to Speyside over the summer? Well, why not let the sounds and voices of Speyside come to you?
The Malt Whisky Trail, based in Moray Speyside, has launched its own podcast series.
Home to the world's largest concentration of Scotch malt whisky distilleries, the Trail's podcast showcases the world's ultimate Scotch experience, inviting listeners to uncover the secrets of malt whisky country and get a taste of Scotland in beautiful Moray Speyside. The Trail is made up of nine locations including, Benromach, Cardhu, Glen Moray, Glen Grant, Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet, Strathisla, Dallas Dhu, and The Speyside Cooperage. The podcast will introduce you to the guardians of centuries of know-how and the craftspeople who make the whiskies you love, as well as some surprise guests along the way featuring some well-known whisky enthusiasts from across the world. The first episode released on Father's Day included father and son William and Matthew Patterson from Dufftown who work at Glenfiddich Distillery. Malt Whisky Trail chairman James Johnston says: "We wanted whisky lovers from across the world to be able to join us whether you are in Speyside or San Francisco."
England's newest distillery has launched a founders' club to give people the chance to shape its future.
The Cooper King Distillery's Founders' Club calls on whisky and gin enthusiasts to join its ranks, in return members will be rewarded with first-release products, distillery merchandise and lifetime membership.
Notable benefits include the chance to own the inaugural release whisky from cask #001, limited edition individually-numbered bottles of Founders' Gin, and exclusive access to new small-batch releases ahead of the general public. Cooper King Distillery, based in York, is the brainchild of former scientist, Abbie and architect, Chris. In 2014, a desire to leave the rat race led them across the globe to Australia, in search of sun, sand and adventure. Inspired by the ingenuity and determination of the Tasmanian whisky distillers and compelled by a love of good whisky, the team made it their mission to bring their ethos back home and set up a craft distillery in Yorkshire. The couple will mash, ferment, distil, age and bottle the single malt whisky all under one roof.
Founder Chris says: "We make spirits for those who value craftsmanship, honesty and adventure. This is your chance to support us and join in the adventure from the very beginning." See www.cooperkingdistillery.co.uk for more.
Glencadam launches 13 Years Old
Glencadam Distillery has announced the launch of its limited edition 13 Years Old.
The expression is considered by the distillery to be rare because in the Autumn of the year 2000, Glencadam Distillery fell silent, only to be 're-awakened' in the Autumn of 2003. This 13-year-old limited edition is from the re-start of distillation.
The new release has been bottled at 46% ABV and packaged in a shimmering gold colour. Like all the editions in the range with age statements, the 13 Years Old has not been chill filtered and no colouring has been added. Each of the 6000 bottles produced is individually numbered.
Brand development director, Duncan Baldwin says: "We are fortunate enough to be able to produce excellent malt at Glencadam and we are also blessed by being able to retain age statements on the vast majority of our releases. "The Re-Awakening 13 Years Old edition is characterised by its rich flavours of ripe fruit accompanied by smooth vanilla sweetness resulting in a taste to meet the most discerning of whisky lovers preferences." This new release from Glencadam will be available in mainstream western European markets, Asia and the USA.