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Whiskey in the jar: The Pogues Irish Whiskey lands in airport shops

The Pogues Whiskey Range

Shane Macgowan once covered the famous Irish folk song Whiskey in the Jar, and now his band’s name is all over bottles of a whiskey blend.

Airport shoppers will soon have the chance to get hold of the new drop created by West Cork Distillers in association with Macgowan’s Legendary Irish group The Pogues.

Consumers may have only just got the band’s famous Christmas ballad Fairytale of New York out of their heads after its traditional over-airing during the festive season, but now the band is ready to mount an assault on the other senses.

The Pogues Irish Whiskey (40% ABV) is said to be a smooth, light blend combining the finest Irish malt and grain whiskies. Its ingredients combine barley from the fields of southern Ireland with pure local spring water.

It is triple-distilled for purity and matured in American bourbon barrels before bottling for airport shopping outlets in striking black one-litre bottles.

The product was brought to market by Halewood Wines & Spirits, which owns a significant stake in West Cork Distillers. The drinks company is also offering an airport shop exclusive gin range, which along with the whiskey is set to be pushed strongly in US and Canadian duty free.

Whitley Neill London Dry Gin (43% ABV) is said to be inspired in Africa and created in England, containing nine botanicals, including African Cape gooseberries and the citrus fruit of the baobab tree.

Ben Sillitoe
written by: Ben Sillitoe
Moodie Davitt Report Managing Editor Ben has reported on the global retail industry for the best part of a decade, seeing how products, store design and technology trends differ country by country. Away from work you'll find him watching or playing sport, and occasionally enjoying a wee dram of the finest West Coast whisky.