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Whiskey distiller throws down gauntlet to Irish with new coffee liqueur; COFFI CYMRU: After dinner tipple launched today.

Byline: SHEILA COLEMAN

CONNOISSEURS of whiskey will soon have a new tipple to try after dinner with the launch today of "Coffi Cymru".

Following a suggestion from the Farmers' Union of Wales, fledgling malt whiskey distiller, the Welsh Whiskey Company, is revealing what it hopes will be a rival to the popular "Irish Coffee".

Based at Penderyn near Hirwaun, the company has been working with Bridgend coffee blenders, Ferrari's, to come up with a coffee to marry with its Merlyn Cream Liqueur - which is made from Welsh Whiskey's own single malt and pure fresh cream.

Coffee Cymru is expected to be launched commercially in the spring, and follows on from last summer's milestone when the company put into casks the first malt whiskey to be distilled in Wales for 106 years - Spirit of the New Millennium.

"The Union is a keen supporter of all food and drink produced in Wales, " said FUW president, Bob Parry.

"We are, therefore, delighted that the Welsh Whisky Company has decided to take up our suggestion and we hope "Coffi Cymru" will be vigorously promoted in hotels and restaurants throughout Wales as a real alternative to Irish Coffee."

He added, "Perhaps the product will help to boost their takings because, just like farming, they have suffered from the slump in tourism that has followed the foot-and-mouth crisis in Wales."

Welsh Whiskey's company secretary, Arthur Davies said, "We decided to take up the FUW's suggestion with enthusiasm because whiskey experts consider Merlyn is the best cream liqueur in the world.

"It is believed to be the only malt spirit based cream liqueur available. The others use the cheaper and often inferior grain whisky spirit, " he said.

Also, to mark the occasion, award-winning cheese-maker, Thelma Adams of Caws Cenarth, has created a special "whiskey cheese" made from the Welsh Whiskey Company's spirit.
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