*Expanding Hotaling & Co.’s Portfolio of Super-Premium World Whiskies*
*Award-Winning Writers’ Tears & The Irishman Reflect Ireland’s Golden Era of Whiskey Distilling*
*Hotaling & Co. to Become Sole U.S. Importer*
(SAN FRANCISCO, June 2, 2020) – Hotaling & Co., leading importer and distiller of super-premium artisanal spirits, is proud to announce a further expansion of its extensive selection of whiskies from around the world with the newest addition to its portfolio: Ireland’s Walsh Whiskey, producers of The Irishman and Writers’ Tears ranges. Hotaling & Co. will be the sole U.S. importer, assuming all marketing and sales responsibilities, beginning June 3, 2020.
“We were immediately drawn to Walsh Whiskey’s passion and innovative style of blending triple-distilled, Irish single malt and single pot still whiskeys to create a unique flavor profile,” says Dan Leese, President and CEO of Hotaling & Co. “The premium and above Irish Whiskey categories have seen tremendous growth in the U.S. over the past five years, and as one of the most highly awarded Irish whiskey portfolios, we are excited to be the exclusive importer of eight expressions of The Irishman and Writers’ Tears to the U.S. market.”
The Walsh Whiskey portfolio joins Hotaling & Co.’s esteemed collection of finest world whiskeys: Japan’s Nikka, Taiwan’s Kavalan, Canada’s Lot 40, Pike Creek and Gooderham & Worts, Scotland’s Old Pulteney, Speyburn, Balblair, anCnoc, Hankey Bannister, Arran, and Daftmill, Ireland’s Dingle, as well as Hotaling & Co.’s own HIRSCH Selected Whiskeys, J.H. Cutter American Blended Whiskey, and Old Potrero Rye Whiskey, the first craft rye whiskey produced and released commercially after Prohibition.
Walsh Whiskey Founder & Managing Director, Bernard Walsh, says: “Available in all 50 States, The Irishman and Writers’ Tears are now firmly established in the USA with strong growth trajectories in both retail and on-trade channels. We have been attracted by both Hotaling’s deep-rooted whiskey tradition and the quality of its portfolio. Our expressions honor that tradition with unique flavor profiles, including our blends, which combine Single Malt and Pot-Still whiskies, no grain. This blended combination became known as the ‘Champagne of Irish whiskey’ in the 1800s, the golden era of Irish whiskey, and we are the only company producing it two centuries later.”
The Walsh Whiskey portfolio is comprised of The Irishman Handcrafted Irish Whiskey, which launched in 2006 and features several offerings including:
The Irishman Founder’s Reserve (40% ABV, 750ml, $34.99; 1L, $39.99)
The Irishman Single Malt (40% ABV, 750ml, $49.99)
The Irishman Single Malt 12-Year-Old (43% ABV, $750ml, $79.99)
The Irishman Irish Cream (18% ABV, 750ml, $19.99)
Walsh Whiskey also produces Writers’ Tears, which launched in 2009 and includes two traditional copper pot distilled whiskies:
Writers’ Tears Copper Pot (40% ABV, 750ml, $39.99)
Writers’ Tears Double Oak (46% ABV, 750ml, $59.99)
In addition, the portfolio will feature limited releases such as The Irishman Cask Strength (53% ABV, 750ml, $129.99) and Writers’ Tears Cask Strength (54% ABV, 750ml, $129.99).
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About Hotaling & Co.
Hotaling & Co., the leading San Francisco importer & distiller, offers the finest curated portfolio of premium artisanal spirits. Hotaling & Co., originally named Anchor Distilling Company, was established in 1993 and is credited with releasing America’s first craft whiskey (Old Potrero) and American craft gin (Junípero Gin) after Prohibition. In 2010, Anchor Distilling Company was sold to a business partnership that included Tony Foglio and London’s oldest wine and spirit merchant, Berry Bros. & Rudd and began expanding to incorporate a collection of super-premium artisanal spirits imported from around the world. In 2017, Anchor Distilling became Hotaling & Co. The new name is a nod to one of Anchor Distilling’s most beloved small batch whiskies (Old Potrero Hotaling’s Whiskey) and to the San Francisco legend A.P. Hotaling, who came out West during the Gold Rush and quickly became one of the most reputable spirits dealers in the country. Today, Hotaling & Co. celebrates exciting growth and achievements; marking its 26th year of distilling and its 10th year of commercially uniting artisan distillers from around the world and sharing their stories to discerning consumers.
Hotaling & Co.’s portfolio includes Luxardo Liqueurs & Cherries, Nikka Whisky, Junipero Gin, No.3 Gin, HINE Cognac, Lot 40 Rye Whisky, Convite Mezcal, Kavalan Whisky, Denizen Rum, HIRSCH Selected Whiskeys, Writers’ Tears Whiskey, Old Pulteney Whisky, Speyburn Whisky, Balblair Whisky, Arran Whisky, Old Potrero Rye Whiskey, and more. Visit HotalingandCo.com for a full list of brands.
About Walsh Whiskey:
Established in 1999 by husband and wife, Bernard and Rosemary Walsh, Walsh Whiskey is a leading producer of premium and super-premium, triple-distilled, craft, Irish whiskeys – Writers’ Tears and The Irishman. Demand for these critically acclaimed whiskeys currently exceeds available supply in the 50 countries they are distributed to worldwide.
Led by founder Bernard Walsh, and with a strong board of industry veterans, the company has built a portfolio of international award-winning drinks brands. These include 9 core expressions in a range of 15 premium Irish whiskeys under the Writerṣ’ Tears and The Irishman brands, as well as The Hot Irishman – Irish Coffee and The Irishman – Irish Cream Liqueur.