Irish Whiskey Society America is celebrating women during the month of March who represent Irish Whiskey, specifically those who have a role in telling the story of Irish whiskey.
This is the second time the IWSA is focusing on women in the Irish whiskey industry. In 2020, we featured Helen Mulholland from Bushmills, Carol Quinn of Irish Distillers, Louise McGuane of Chapel Gate Whiskey, Rosi Goswell of Tuath Glass, Mary Ferriter from Dingle Distillery, Caroline Martin of Roe & Co, and Margaret O'Lochlainn from O'Lochlainn's Bar.
The Irish whiskey industry is burgeoning with women in all areas from making the spirit, selling the brands, and managing the consumer experience of Ireland's signature spirit. For our five part series, each Wednesday of March 2023, the Irish Whiskey Society America will raise a glass by focusing on different women who enrich our enjoyment of Irish Whiskey.
The second featured woman as part of our five-part series during the month long March celebration is Karen Noble from Powerscourt Distillery. Karen joined Powerscourt in 2022 as Visitor Center Manager and oversees the wonderful new facility in County Wicklow. Karen's role is to enhance the overall visitor experience for those venturing to Powerscourt Distillery's six tasting rooms, cafe, gift shop, maturation warehouse, and of course distillery tours. The 2023 Icons of Whisky awarded the Powerscourt Distillery & Visitor Center their Ireland Visitor Attraction of the Year. One of the highlights for visitors is the Distillery tour and Food pairing experience which offers guests the opportunity to sample local artisan products along with the Fercullen range of Irish whiskeys.
Having hosted the 2021 Irish Whiskey Awards, the Distillery and Visitor center is well equipped to "tell the story of Irish Whiskey." Under Karen's stewardship, visitors to Powerscourt Distillery are in great hands to learn and enjoy the Irish Whiskey Experience. We look forward to our group visit to Powerscourt in May where we can say hello again and partake in Karen's hospitality. The IWSA raises a glass in appreciation for Karen's efforts enhancing our Irish Whiskey journey.
The third featured woman as part of our five-part series during the month long March celebration is Donna Stewart from Lost Irish whiskey. Donna is the Ambassador, based in Los Angeles, for this new Irish whiskey brand which launched first in the USA in 2021. After great success in the US, the brand was later released in Ireland in June 2022.
A sort of kinship with the Irish Whiskey Society America was formed in 2022 when the pub launched their namesake Irish whiskey, a 6yr Single Malt Michael Collins edition, similar to the 10yr Limited Edition the IWSA released, both through IrishAmerican and Achill Distillery. The Keenan sisters truly represent the 2023 theme "Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories" through their Confession Box Irish Whiskey whose name harkens to a time when the stories of Irish history were being retold. We raise a glass to the Keenan women and praise their commitment to sustaining a piece of Irish history.
The final woman featured in our five-part celebratory series during the month of March is Claire Canning from Slane Irish Whiskey. Claire joined Slane Distillery when it opened in 2017 and oversees the business day to day operations. Developing memorable experiences and events is also a big part of Claire's responsibility.
Adjacent to and on the grounds of the legendary Slane Castle, the Slane venues are no stranger to telling stories having staged some of the biggest rock music concerts in history. With the distillery and visitor experience, Slane can increase its storytelling reach through Irish whiskey now as well. Visitors can learn about the history of the castle, explore the fabled grounds, tour the distillery, and experience the making of both Irish whiskey and Irish coffee.
The IWSA is looking forward to all this as part of our group trip in May with the help of Claire. The IWSA raises a glass in appreciation of Claire's efforts to tell the stories of the Slane legend and Irish whiskey.