Whiskey Live 2022

Whiskey Live Dublin is back, after 2 1/2 years!

We look forward to meeting lots of old friends and many new faces in the RDS on 10th and 11th June.

Why not drop by and say hello if you are there. We will be tasting Bunnahabhain Single Malt from Islay, a range of up and coming Japanese whiskies, a South African 12 year old Malt and a great Rye from FEW. There might even be a tot of an award wining Bourbon!

And later, much later try a refreshing Amarula over rocks to have an indulgent reflective moment.

See you there!

Chateau Bechereau Featured by John Wilson

Château Bechereau 2016, Bordeaux Superieur, Bordeaux

Medium-bodied with clean blackcurrant and plum fruits, a good tannic structure and a dry finish. This would go nicely with roast lamb or beef. €13.50

Next Tasting: Ocho 8 Tequila with Jesse Estes

Following on from our successful tasting in June, we are delighted to announced that Jesse Estes the Brand Ambassador for Ocho 8 will conduct a tasting of the Ocho 8 portfolio on Thursday 29th June at 2pm. 

Jesse will taste Ocho 8 Blanco, Ocho 8 Reposado and Ocho 8 Anejo, over the zoom platform.

He will talk about the concept of Terroir for Tequila and the hand crafted approach to making premium Tequila using traditional method.

We have a limited number of places for mixologists and bartenders left. If you would like to participate in tasting please contact Paul Maguire or Gillian Boyle to receive your tasting kit and details.

Bunnahabhain Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting

We are excited about our next tasting.

We have teamed up with the Celtic Whiskey Shop and Bunnahabhain to bring a tasting of their range of Islay Whiskies.

The tasting will take place next Thursday on zoom. Hosting the event will be Stephen Woodcock Master Blender,  Distell Distilleries and Julieann Fernandez  Master Blender. 

The tasting will cover the full range, including: Bunnahabhain Stiuireadair, Bunnahabhain Toiteach a Dha, Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old & Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old.

Unfortunately the demand for the Celtic Whiskey shop tasting pack was so great that we have sold out!  But not to worry, we will be conducting more tastings and if you would like to attend any just complete the contact form in Resources and we will keep you informed as to the next one.

Ocho 8 The World’s Best Tequila – According To The Ultimate Spirits Challenge

Every year since 2010, the Ultimate Spirits Challenge has convened in the suburbs of New York to judge the best of the best across all categories of liquor.

Tequila Ocho secured the Chairman’s Trophy for its unaged Plata. The bottling notched an impressive 96 points out of a possible 100—higher than all other tequilas regardless of category. Judges were taken aback by the liquid’s refined elements of slate, citrus and pepper.

A great accolade for Ocho 8, on its 12th birthday!

Read Brad Japhe’s article in the link below. 


Flaming Pig….. A flaming good Irish Whiskey

MacCormaics is delighted to introduce Flaming Pig Irish Whiskey to the portfolio. Made in Skibbereen Co Cork, it is a blend of Irish Grain and Malt whiskies, some of which are 10 years old. The whiskies are blended together and then allowed to finish in oak charred barrels. The char is level 5, so basically burnt! However, it gives Flaming Pig bags of flavour and just a hint of smoke.

Flaming Pig will be available from the end of August in most Independent off licenses.

We have a limited number of sampling kits available for Irish customers. Please contact us using the contact form for yours! 

Zuccardi Valle de Uco named Best Vineyard in World….Again


Zuccardi Valle de Uco, once again, chosen as the best in the World and South America. The World’s Best Vineyards list is based on nominations from a Voting Academy made up of more than 500 leading wine experts, sommeliers and travel correspondents from across the globe.

The list of 2020 winners includes wineries from 18 countries on 5 continents.

World´s Best Vineyard and The Best Vineyard in South America: Zuccardi Valle de Uco (Argentina). The Best Vineyard in Europe: Domäne Wachau (Austria).

Sebastián Zuccardi affirmed “I believe this to be a great recognition to a family that believes in the place where it lives and grows. The winery is inspired by the Andes Mountains, which is what determines the identity of our wines; the winery seeks to be part of the landscape, without competing with the environment, so it will be current for a long time since it is based on the identity of the place. There is a great coherence between the winery and our way of making wines.”

Ocho 8 Tequila Tasting with Jesse Estes

We are delighted to host Jesse Estes the Brand Ambassador for Ocho 8 on Tuesday 23rd June at 5pm. 

Jesse will taste Ocho 8 Blanco, Ocho 8 Reposado and Ocho 8 Anejo, over the zoom platform.

He will talk about the concept of Terroir for Tequila and the hand crafted approach to making premium Tequila using traditional method.

Unfortunately the session is now fully subscribed. if you would like to participate to another session or wines tasting please complete the form in resources and we will sign you up for the next one.


Many of our customers are facing the daunting task of re opening in phase 3 of the Government plan to re open the economy and society during Covid 19.

We have asked Lisa Kleiner from Kleiner Nutrition to offer her advice on the sort of challenges which restaurants, bars and hotels face when reopening under the constraints of Covid 19.

Lisa is a qualified chef with many years’ experience in the food service industry ranging from fine dining to contract catering. 

She holds a 1st class Masters Degree (MSc) in Food Safety Management from TU Dublin and is a fully qualified Food Safety Trainer licensed with the Environmental Health Officers Association.

The 2 hour webinar will cover the following:

  1. Understand COVID-19 and how it is spread.
  2. Learn about the responsibilities of the Food Business in managing COVID-19 prior and post reopening.
  3. Understand the 4 fundamentals of managing COVID-19 in food businesses after reopening.
    • Staff training and illness monitoring
    • Personal hygiene.
    • Cleaning and sanitizing.
    • Social distancing
  4. Learn practical advice on implementing the current guidelines for managing COVID-19.

The webinar will take place on Friday 29th May from 10am to 12pm.

The Webinar is free, but places are limited to 20. Therefore to join you must have a bar, restaurant, or hotel in Ireland, and sign up using the contact form on the MacCormaics website.

Once your place is confirmed, then the  Webinar details will be sent to you.


OCHO 8. Top 3 of Trending Tequila, in Drinks International Report

Ocho 8 is listed in the Drinks International 2020 Brand Report for the SEVENTH YEAR in a row! In the 2020 report, Tequila Ocho was ranked #3 in the ‘Top Trending’ and #5 in ‘Best Selling Brands’ tequila categories..