Tax change plans no threat to Northern Irish distillery

Trade News

Plans to change the classifications of alcoholic drinks for duty purposes have been raised in Parliament by the local MP of the company planning a new whisky distillery in Londonderry.

Niche Drinks Ltd, who produce St Brendan’s Irish Cream liqueur, are concerned that changes brought about by a European ruling in 2008 may adversely affect them by increasing the duty to be paid on their products.

MD, Ciaran Mulgrew, was quoted in the Belfast Telegraph as saying: “Products which for the past 30 years have been taxed in one way, might be taxed in another way, despite the fact that the product hasn’t changed in 30 years. That is a bit disturbing. If we end up losing a considerable part of our production it doesn’t help us.”

However, he was at pains to say that it would have no effect on their planned £10m distillery in the Campsie area of the Northern Irish town.

Foyle MP Mark Durkan raised the subject at Prime Minister’s Questions in Westminster on Wednesday.

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24jun12:00 pm- 4:30 pmStoke-on-Trent Whisky Festival 2017Around 100 whiskies and more than 15 gins availableKing's Hall, Stoke Town Hall, ST4 1JH

Event Details

Organised by 2 local whisky enthusiasts, Chris Knight and Neil Rowley; we wanted a way to give fellow enthusiasts, and new comers alike, the chance to taste new whiskies from a wide range of distillers from around the world, along with some fantastic offerings from independent bottlers.

There are 2 types of ticket, an Admission ticket and a Masterclass ticket. A Masterclass ticket MUST be accompanied by an Admission ticket.

With the increased popularity of gins over recent years, we also wanted to raise people’s awareness of the fantastic products now available. There will be a number of gins available at the festival, giving you a chance to try new gins from some of the many artisan distillers.


(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm GMT


King's Hall

Stoke Town Hall, ST4 1JH

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