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Barrel Room Chronicles

BRC EP 1 - The Irishman and Writers Tears

On this premiere episode of Barrel Room Chronicles, Bernard Walsh shares his whiskey journey, while tasting through several expressions from his brand, Writers Tears. Bernard also talks about his involvement with Left Bank, a documentary about four remarkable women who made the first publication of Ulysses (by author James Joyce) possible in 1922—and lastly, he tells us about the recent acquisition of the Walsh Whiskey company by the Amber Beverage Group.


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 6 core expressions in a range of 14 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.

About Writers’ Tears Whiskey:
First created by Bernard Walsh in 2009, Writers’ Tears comprises a range of six expressions of super-premium, triple-distilled Irish whiskeys. The range includes three core (Copper Pot, Double Oak & Red Head) and three limited-edition expressions. Two of the limited-edition expressions in the range are under the Writers’ Tears Copper Pot line and feature rare cask finishes - Marsala and Mizunara. The third limited-edition expression is a Cask Strength vintage, produced annually.


About Left Bank – The Film:
Left Bank is an innovative, hybrid documentary telling the untold story of the four remarkable feminists who supported James Joyce so he could write his banned, burned and censored books. The story of Nora Barnacle, Sylvia Beach, Harriet Weaver and Adrienne Monnier, will be told through scripted scenes, animation, interviews and archival footage. The film will be shot in Ireland, France and the U.S. and will be released in 2022 to celebrate the 100 year-anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Jane Applegate, lead producer of Left Bank - The Film said: “We are thrilled to be working with Bernard and Rosemary Walsh to produce this film which reframes history, telling the story of these remarkable feminists who were the cornerstones of Joyce’s literary success.”
“Our team of award-winning female filmmakers is based in Ireland, France, Finland and America,” Applegate said. “We start shooting in Dublin on Bloomsday (16th June) and will be back to shoot the narrative scenes between Nora and James in the Fall.”

The narrative scenes will be shot at a studio in France and co-produced by Margaux Dupont’s VLAM Productions.

Lisa Reznik, Left Bank’s, co-writer and co-director, said: “I’ve been researching this untold story for more than 10 years. We are so happy to be sharing it with Joyceans and others who love books and literature.”

Left Bank Bookseller, Reznik’s short narrative film, which inspired the Left Bank hybrid documentary, will be screened in Dublin during the 2021 Bloomsday Film Festival (Bloomsday Film Festival — Bloomsday Festival).

Amber Beverage Group acquires Walsh Whiskey
*Amber Beverage Group has acquired Irish whiskey brand Walsh Whiskey for an undisclosed sum with the existing staff remaining in place.*

The acquisition is ABG’s first entry into the Irish whiskey sector and
Bernard Walsh, who will continue as managing director, said: "Given the
underlying strengths of our brands and of the long-term trajectory of
Irish whiskey, this is a logical next step for us, providing a means of
scaling up the business so that a greater number of consumers have the
opportunity to participate in the search for the perfect drop or
‘taoscán' of whiskey.

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