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A 'Quick' Guide Into The New Rise of Irish Whiskey

Updated: Dec 15, 2023


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We are currently experiencing the third Golden Age of Whisky. After a slump and closures of Scottish distilleries in the 1980s, for the first time, we are seeing several distilleries being established and starting to produce whisky for the growing market. This trend has reached all corners of the world, from Australia and America to India and Europe.


Similarly, Irish whiskey has experienced a new golden age with growing interest towards small producers and the rekindling of closed distilleries. It may be hard to imagine, but throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, there were more than 1,000 recorded Irish whiskey producers, many of whom were illegal, with very little surviving information available. In the 1890s, there were 28 whiskey distilleries in Ireland, but over the years, many of them closed, with only two distilleries, Bushmills and Midleton, surviving into the 1970s. They were both owned by Irish Distillers, meaning they had a monopoly on the industry with only one producer.


The first new distillery established in the late 20th century was Cooleys in 1987. But jump on to December 2019, the Irish Whiskey Association had 32 working distilleries on their records. In a mere 30 years, more than 25 distilleries have been established. Although many of them are still too young to offer their own whiskey for sale, we are seeing new brands hitting the market. So, how do you sell whiskey under your brand without having a distillery or stock old enough to be called whiskey? You outsource it.



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There are only a few Irish whiskey distilleries with older stock in their warehouses. As a result, many brands and distilleries that want to bottle age-statement whiskies source their spirits from these industry veterans. However, before distilleries start producing their unique take on whiskey, one may wonder how versatile the selection of Irish whiskey can be. Just like many American distilleries, Irish distilleries can produce different character whiskies under one roof and do it well.centres


As of 2022, there are 40 distilleries in Ireland with state-of-the-art facilities and visitor centers, and more are on the way. However, only time will tell how many will survive the competition.



 

What is Irish Whiskey?

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Irish whiskey is subject to many similar regulations as Scottish whisky, although there is sometimes debate about which came first. To be labeled as Irish whiskey, it must be aged for a minimum of three years in wooden casks, distilled, bottled, and labeled in Ireland, and bottled at no less than 40% ABV. If an age statement is displayed on the bottle, it must represent the age of the youngest whiskey used.


There are four types of Irish whiskey: Single Malt, Single Pot Still, Grain, and Blended. Single Malts are made using malted barley and produced in one distillery using pot stills to double or triple-distil the spirit. This method is similar to the production of Scottish whiskies. Irish Pot Still distillation differs from single malts since it also allows the use of unmalted barley - which results in a slightly rougher character due to the inclusion of raw grain material in the mash.


Grain whiskey can be made using any grain and is distilled using a Coffey, also known as a continuous still, resulting in a lighter and more neutral type of spirit. Irish grain whiskey is mainly produced to be part of blends and is rarely bottled and sold by itself, although some examples do exist. Blended whiskies are a combination of all three other types of whiskies listed above and are the most common type of whiskey found on both Irish and Scottish whiskey shelves.


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Blends made using whiskies from different distilleries are not as common in the Irish whiskey industry compared to the Scottish industry. It's more common for Irish whiskey to use single malts, single pot stills, and grain whiskies produced under one roof, instead of using many different single malts and grain whiskies from multiple distilleries and whisky producers. This tradition may have originated in the past when there were only two operational whiskey distilleries in Ireland and limited options were available.


Many people believe that Irish whiskey is softer and more palatable than Scottish whiskies, possibly due to the triple distillation process commonly used in the production of Irish whiskies. This extra distillation results in a lighter and more neutral spirit, even in single malts.



 

Operational Irish Whiskey Distilleries in 2022


We should take a closer look at the 40 Irish distilleries that were recorded and recognized by the Irish Whiskey Association in 2022. Although we are aware of new distilleries in planning, we have decided to only include the ones that are currently in operation.


We have chosen an easy-to-read format to establish basic facts about the distilleries we gathered by cross-checking the information that was made available.

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1. Bushmills Distillery


Location: Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Founded: 1608

Owned by: Casa Cuervo

Brands: Bushmills Single Malt, Bushmills


Bushmills, one of the oldest whiskey distilleries in the world, was first granted a license to distil in 1608. The distillery has faced many closures over the years, but it has been fully operational since it was rebuilt in 1885 following a fire. Today, the Old Bushmills distillery is owned by Casa Cuervo and is one of the major producers of Irish whiskey worldwide.

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2. Kilbeggan Distillery


Location: Aghamore, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

Founded: 2007

Owned by: Beam Suntory

Brands: Kilkerran, Locke's


The Kilbeggan Distillery was granted the first license to distil in 1757. However, the current distillery was established in 2007. It was previously known by names such as Brusna distillery and Locke's distillery. The latest production of whiskey before refurbishment ceased in 1957 due to financial difficulties. The distillery is equipped with only 2 pot stills and produces only small batches of Kilbeggan whiskey.

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3. Midleton Distillery


Location: Midleton, Co. Cork, Ireland

Founded: 1780/1825

Owned by: Irish Distillers, Pernod Ricard

Brands: Midleton Very Rare, Jameson, Power's, Paddy, Redbreast, Green Spot

(and the "Spot"-series), Dunphy's, Method & Madness


The Old Midleton distillery has a long history that dates back to the 17th century and 1825. However, a new distillery was established in 1975 after John Power & Sons, John Jameson & Sons, and the Cork Distilleries Company merged into Irish Distillers in 1966. The new facility was built next to the old distillery, which was later transformed into a Jameson visitors center.

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4. Cooley Distillery


Location: Cooley Peninsula, County Louth, Ireland

Founded: 1987

Owned by: Beam Suntory

Brands: Kilbeggan, Kilbeggan Single Grain (formerly known as Greenore),

Connemara, The Tyrconnell, 2 Gingers


The Kilbeggan distillery has only two pot stills, whereas the Cooley distillery, established in 1987, can produce numerous types of whiskies. The distillery was founded by John Teeling and mainly employs double distillation instead of the more common triple distillation used in Irish whiskies. The Connemara, one of the few peated Irish whiskies, is produced at this distillery.

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5. Dingle Distillery


Location: Farranredmond, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Founded: 2012

Owned by: Porterhouse Group

Brands: Dingle, Dingle Gin, Dingle Vodka


Dingle was the fifth distillery to begin producing whiskey in Ireland, founded by Oliver Hughes, the owner of Porterhouse brewery and restaurant group in 2012. The distillery has three large pot stills and one small still used for the production of gin and vodka. The first edition of Dingle whiskey was released in 2016.


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6. Echlinville Distillery


Location: Newtownards, Ards Peninsula, Northern Ireland

Founded: 2013

Owned by: Shane Braniff

Brands: Echlinville Single Malt, Dunville's, Old Comber, Matt D'Arcy, Echlinville

Gin, Weavers Dry Gin, Jawbox Gin, Ban Poitin, Feckin


Echlinville Distillery is the first new distillery that was established in Northern Ireland in more than 125 years. The distillery produced their first whiskey in 2016. However, the owners of the distillery revived the Dunville's whiskey brand in 2012. Recently, in 2021, they also acquired the old Irish whiskey brand Old Comber with the aim of bringing it back to life. Besides whiskey, the distillery also produces four different brands of gin.


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7. West Cork Distillers


Location: Skibbereen, West Cork

Founded: 2003

Owned by: West Cork Distillers

Brands: West Cork, Pogues, Garnish Island Gin, Two Trees Vodka


West Cork Distillers was founded in 2003 by three childhood friends, John O'Connell, Denis McCarthy, and Ger McCarthy behind Den's house in Skibbereen. It took them 11 years to turn their dream into a reality, and in 2014 they finally opened their new distillery. The facility boasts 8 pot stills and 2 column stills, along with 3 stills specifically for gin production. Today, West Cork Distillers is one of the largest Irish-owned distilleries in Ireland, and has 7 warehouses for storage of their products.


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8. Tullamore Distillery


Location: Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland

Founded: 2014

Owned by: William Grant & Sons

Brands: Tullamore D.E.W


The first Tullamore distillery was established in 1829. However, it shut down in 1954. The Tullamore brand was kept alive during the construction of the new distillery, and before William Grant & Sons purchased the brand in 2010, it was produced under a contract in the Midleton distillery located in County Cork.


Additionally, the initials D.E.W. in Tullamore DEW stand for Daniel E. Williams. He was the General Manager of the distillery who established the brand in the 1800s.


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9. The Shed Distillery


Location: Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, Ireland

Founded: 2013

Owned by: P.J. Rigney

Brands: Drumshanbo, Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin, Sausage Tree Vodka


The distillery was established in 2013 by an entrepreneur named P.J. Rigney, who was previously involved in the team that created Baileys. The first distillation took place in 2014, and as a result, their first whiskey was released in 2019.


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10. Rademon Estate Distillery


Location: Crossgar, Downpatric, Ireland

Founded: 2015

Owned by: David & Fiona Boyd-Armstrong

Brands: Shortcross, Shortcross Gin


The Rademon Estate distillery was established in 2015 by a married couple named David and Fiona Boyd-Armstrong. They recently released their first whiskey in 2021, which was fully matured in Grand Cru Classe Bordeaux Red Wine casks before being finished in chinquapin oak. This marks the first time this unique cask combination has been utilized in Irish Whiskey. It should be noted that the whiskey is being sold for £300, which is quite expensive for a first whisky release.


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11. Teeling Whiskey Distillery


Location: Dublin, Ireland

Founded: 2015

Owned by: Teeling Whiskey Company by Jack & Stephen Teeling & minority

ownership by Bacardi

Brands: Teeling, Spirit of Dublin Poitin, Blackpitts Peated Single Malt


The Teeling family has a rich history of producing whiskey. The first ever Teeling family distillery was established in Marrowbone Lane in 1782, not too far from where Jack and Stephen, the brothers, founded their own distillery in 2015. Additionally, their father John was the founder of the Cooley distillery in 1987, which broke the monopoly in the industry. When the Cooley distillery was sold to Beam Suntory in 2011, the brothers, alongside their father, worked at the distillery and negotiated a deal on 16,000 casks of aged whiskey. Stephen took this whiskey to launch the Teeling Whiskey brand in 2012.


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12. Great Northern Distillery


Location: Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland

Founded: 2015

Owned by: John Teeling

Brands: Burke's


In 2015, an old Harp Brewery, previously owned by Diageo, was purchased by John Teeling and officially became a distillery. The Teeling family - John, Stephen, and Jack Teeling, along with James Finn and David Hynes - are the proud owners of this distillery. The facility has both pot stills and column stills and mainly focuses on producing grain whiskey and gin. However, they also triple-distill single malts and can produce heavily peated pot still whiskey.


Most of the whiskey produced by the distillery is sold to brands and start-ups that are interested in entering the whiskey industry. Apparently, the distillery has already sold most of its upcoming whiskey for years to come. Burke's is the only brand directly associated with The Great Northern Distillery.


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13. Waterford Distillery


Location: Grattan Quay, Waterford, Ireland

Founded: 2016

Owned by: Mark Reynier, Renegade Spirits

Brands: Waterford


The Waterford distillery, which is known as a craft distillery, started distilling its first spirit in 2016. The distillery is owned by Mark Reynier who also owns the Renegade Rum Distillery in Grenada. Reynier's background is in the wine industry, and his interest in terroir, which is typically associated with grape-growing in wine and brandies, motivated him to establish the Waterford distillery and bring the concept into the world of whiskey. To explore the effects of terroir in whiskey production, the distillery collaborates with nearly 100 farmers throughout Ireland.


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14. Connacht Whiskey Distillery


Location: Belleek, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Founded: 2016

Owned by: Connacht Whiskey Company

Brands: Connacht Single Malt, Spade & Bushel, Ballyhoo Single Grain,

Conncullin Gin, Straw Boys Vodka, Straw Boys Poitin


The Connacht distillery was founded in 2016 by Master Distiller Robert Cassell and his team. It is situated in a former Duffy's bakery site which has been renovated to cater to the needs of distilling spirits. The distillery is equipped with three custom-designed pot stills. Their first batch of 800 whiskey bottles was sold out before being bottled in August 2021.


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15. Royal Oak Distillery


Location: Royaloak, Co. Carlow, Ireland

Founded: 2016 as Walsh Whiskey Distillery, 2019 changed to Royal Oak Distillery

Owned by: Illva Saronno

Brands: Busker


The history of the Royal Oak distillery is closely tied to Walsh Whiskey company, which was established in 1999. They opened their distillery doors in 2016 and it bared the name Walsh Whiskey Distillery. In 2019 Illva Saronno, who had a 50% stake at the Walsh Whiskey took full ownership of the distillery and renamed it Royal Oak due to disagreement with the other owners. The Walsh Whiskey brands Writer's Tears and The Irishman stayed with the Walshes. The Royal Oak distillery's inaugural whiskey brand Busker was released in 2020.


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16. Ballykeefe Distillery


Location: Kilballykeefe, Cuffesgrange, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

Founded: 2016

Owned by: The Ging Family

Brands: Ballykeefe - Single Malt, Single Estate Whiskey, Gin, Vodka


Ballykeefe is a family-owned and operated distillery that has been described as a working family distillery. The Ging Family, which consists of seven members, manages the distillery. The distillery began production in 2017 and uses triple-distillation methods. All barley used in the production process is harvested from the family farm, and the products are labelled as being made with 100% Ballykeefe Barley.


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17. Pearse Lyons Distillery


Location: James's Street, The Liberties, Dublin, Ireland

Founded: 2017

Owned by: The Lyons Family

Brands: Pearse, Ha'Penny - Gin, Whiskey, Mil Mediterranean Pot Still Gin


In 2017, Alltech, a Kentucky-based company, and its founder Pearse Lyons, an Irish-born billionaire entrepreneur, partnered with Ireland's Carlow Brewing Company to establish a distillery in an old St. James' Church in Dublin. This was the third distillery founded by the Lyons Family under the Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company. Sadly, Pearse Lyons passed away in 2018 before he could witness the maturation of his Irish Whiskey.


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18. Slane Distillery


Location: Slanecastle Demesne, Co. Meath, Ireland

Founded: 2015

Owned by: Brown-Forman

Brands: Slane


The Slane Irish Whiskey Company was established in 2009 and initially used the location as a concert venue. The distillery, located in Slane Castle, has a rich history dating back to the 1750s. After undergoing renovations and updates costing £50m, the distillery began production in 2017 with the assistance of Henry and Alex Conyngham of the Slane estate. Prior to Brown-Forman launching the new Slane whiskey in 2017, the Slane Castle whiskey was produced at the Cooley distillery until it was sold to Beam in 2012.


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19. Lough Measc Distillery


Location: Tourmakeady, Killateeaun, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Founded: 2018

Owned by: Eoin Holmes

Brands: Lough Measc - Malt, Gin, Vodka


Sometimes known as Drioglann or Lough Mask distillery, this micro-distillery uses small copper stills, also known as ancient alembic type stills, to produce both peated and unpeated malts using double distillation.


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20. Blackwater Distillery


Location: Ballyduff Upper, Co. Waterford, Ireland

Founded: 2014

Owned by: Peter Mulryan

Brands: Velvet Cap, Retronaut, Blackwater Gin & Vodka


Peter Mulryan, who had a long career in broadcasting, has now become a gin distillery owner. Currently, the distillery is selling whiskey that has been made in other Irish distilleries. However, they planned to launch their own whiskey on May 31st, 2022.


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21. Powerscourt Distillery


Location: Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Founded: 2018

Owned by: Slazenger Family

Brands: Fercullen Single Malt


Powerscourt Distillery was established in 2018 by entrepreneurs Gerry Ginty and Ashley Gardiner. It is located in an Old Mill House on the Powerscourt Estate, surrounded by beautiful scenery. The estate has a rich history dating back to the 9th century and is known as 'FeraCulann' or Fercullen in native Gaelic, which is the name given to their whiskey. The distillery is equipped with three custom-made copper pot stills and was overseen by Master Distiller Noel Sweeney from inception until the end of 2021.


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22. Dublin Liberties Distillery


Location: The Mill, 33 Mill St, The Liberties, Dublin 8, Ireland

Founded: 2019

Owned by: Quintessential Brands Group

Brands: Liberties, Dubliner, The Dead Rabbit


Quintessential Brands Group was founded in 2011 by Enzo Visone, who was previously the CEO of Gruppo Campari, and Warren Scott, an investment banker and entrepreneur. They aimed to produce Irish whiskey in the center of Dublin. The Dublin Liberties distillery was opened in 2019, under the guidance of Master Distiller Darryl McNally.


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23. Clonakilty Distillery


Location: The Waterfront, Scartagh, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland

Founded: 2016

Owned by: Michael Scully

Brands: Clonakilty Whiskey, Minke Gin


The Clonakilty distillery, which is owned by the Scully family, began distilling its first spirit in 2018. The family-farming oriented distillery is equipped with three copper pot stills and mainly focuses on triple-distillation. They also mature their whiskies 200m above sea level. The distillery is located along the coast and supports Whale and Dolphin Conservation. The wildlife in the area, particularly the whales, inspired their whale-tail logo.


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24. Killowen Distillery


Location: Killowen, Newry, County Down, Ireland

Founded: 2017

Owned by: Brendan Carty

Brands: Killowen - Whiskey, Gin, Poitin, Dark Rum


This craft small-batch distillery, owned by architect Brendan Carty, is the only one in Ireland to use direct flame to distill their spirit in Portuguese-style copper pot stills.


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25. Roe & Co Distillery


Location: James' Street, Dublin, Ireland

Founded: 2019

Owned by: Diageo

Brands: Roe & Co


In 2017, Diageo announced their plan to revive a whiskey distillery located near their Dublin Guinness brewery. The distillery called the Thomas Street Distillery, which was previously owned by the Roe family, was the largest whiskey producer in Ireland until it closed down in 1926. The new Diageo distillery began its distillation process in 2019, but the brand was already available on shop shelves in 2017.


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26. Copeland Distillery


Location: Manor St, Donaghadee, Ireland

Founded: 2019

Owned by: Gareth Irvine

Brands: Copeland - Whiskey, Gin, Rum


In 2016, the distillery project was able to lift off the ground with the help of a crowdfunding campaign that raised £30,000. The distillery is located in an old cinema and bottling plant and conducted its first spirit run in 2019. It is equipped with three pot stills named Betty, Hessie, and Pam. Two of the stills are used for whiskey production while the third is used for gin. The whiskey will be ready for release in 2024.


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27. Burren Distillery


Location: Newtown, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland

Founded: 2013

Owned by: Noel Ó Lochlainn, Burren Distillers

Brands: The Burren Prince


There is a micro-distillery that specializes in producing a limited amount of single estate whiskey. The distillery was established in 2013, however, the first distillation took place in 2019. As a result, it may take some time before we see bottled products coming out of the warehouse.

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28. Irish American Distillery


Location: Bunnacurry, Achill Island, Co Mayo, Ireland

Founded: 2015

Owned by: McKay Family, Irish American Trading Company

Brands: IrishAmerican


The distillery located on Achill Island is also known as the Irish American distillery. It is owned and operated by the McKay family from Ireland. The name 'IrishAmerican' suggests that their primary market is in the United States, where the whiskey is already available in 26 different states.


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29. Boann Distillery


Location: Drogheda, Co. Meath, Ireland

Founded: 2019

Owned by: Patrick and Marie Cooney

Brands: Boann, The Whistler, Silks Gin


The Boann Distillery is led by Ireland's youngest Master Distiller, Michael Walsh, who was born in 1990. The distillery features multiple nano-copper pot stills and will focus on producing single-pot still whiskey.


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30. Glendalough Distillery


Location: Unit 9, Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Founded: 2011

Owned by: Mark Anthony Brands International

Brands: Glendalough - Whiskey, Poitin, Gin


The Glendalough distillery was established in 2011 by a group of friends from Wicklow and Dublin. The name Glendalough means 'Glen of Two Lakes' and their logo features a silhouette of St. Kevin. In 2019, Mark Anthony Brands International acquired all the stakes in the distillery, after originally owning only 40% of the company.


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31. Lough Gill Distillery


Location: Hazelwood, Carns, Co. Sligo, Ireland

Founded: 2019

Owned by: Sazerac

Brands: Athru


The Lough Gill Distillery is located on a beautiful site behind Hazelwood House, which was built in 1725. The distillery was established in 2019 by David Raethorne in an old factory building. The distillery's brand is called Athrú, which means 'change' or 'transform.'


On June 21st, 2022, Sazerac, the parent company of Buffalo Trace, purchased the distillery, making it the first Irish whiskey in their portfolio.


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32. Blacks Distillery


Location: Liscahane Beg, Gortnalisheen, Co. Cork, Ireland

Founded: 2015

Owned by: Sam & Maudeline Black

Brands: Blacks - Whiskey, Gin, Rum


Blacks Brewery and Distillery, also known as 'Blacks of Kinsale', was founded by Sam and Maudeline Black. The brewery was established in 2013, followed by the distillery expansion in 2015. Recently, in 2020, the distillery was replenished with new stills, and in 2022, the site was approved for massive extension plans. With all these developments, one might wonder when they find the time to produce whiskey.

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33. Sliabh Liag Distillery


Location: Hillhead, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Founded: 2020

Owned by: Moira & James Doherty

Brands: Sliabh Liag Single Malt, Silkie Whiskey, An Dúlamán Gin, Assaranca

Vodka, An Beal Bocht Poitin


The Sliabh Liag whiskey distillery, also known as the Ardara Distillery, is located in Ardara, Dogenal. It distilled its first spirit in early 2022. In addition to the whiskey distillery, The Sliabh Liag Distillers also has a gin distillery called An Dulaman, which is just a short walk away from the whiskey distillery.


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34. Crolly Distillery


Location: Killindarragh, Crolly, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Founded: 2020

Owned by: The Crolly Distilling Company

Brands: The Crolly


Originally an old Crolly Doll Factory, it was restored and refurbished in 2020 to function as a distillery. The project is spearheaded by Joe Devenney, Conor McMenamin, and Kieran Davis, and the first whiskey produced is expected to be available in 2023.


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35. Glendree Distillery


Location: Feakle, Co. Clare, Ireland

Founded: 2019

Owned by: Paul and Alex Loudon

Brands: Glendree, Orla Vodka


In 2017, Paul and Alex Loudon established a micro-brewery with the aim of mastering the art of brewing before stepping into the world of whiskey production. Two years later, they distilled their first spirit using their distinctive still named Orla, which combines both pot still and column still. The distillery is planned to manufacture whiskey made from a blend of barley, wheat, rye, oats, and caramelized barley. Additionally, they promise to use only 100% rainwater as their water source.


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36. Hinch Distillery


Location: 19 Carryduff Rd, Ballynahinch, Ireland

Founded: 2016

Owned by: Dr. Terry Cross OBE

Brands: Hinch, Ninth Wave Gin


The Hinch distillery was established in 2016 and officially opened in 2021. Hinch whiskey, already sold in 25 countries worldwide, can also be found as a peated single malt variant.


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37. Tipperary Distillery


Location: Grange, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Founded: 2016

Owned by: Tipperary Boutique Distillery Limited

Brands: Tipperary, Farmhouse Gin


In 2014, Jennifer Nickerson, Stuart Nickerson, and Liam Ahearn founded Tipperary Boutique Distillery Limited. Initially, the distillery focused on bottling Irish single malts as an independent bottler. However, they began their distillation process in 2016. The distillery was equipped with 4 new pot stills at the time of the first official bottle of whiskey release in 2020.


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38. Micil Distillery


Location: Upper Salthill Rd, Galway, Ireland

Founded: 2016

Owned by: Pádraic & Jimín Ó Griallais

Brands: Micil - Whiskey, Gin, Poitin, Irish Cream


Padraic and Jimin Griallais founded their distillery in 2016, named after their great-great-great-grandfather Micil Mac Chearra. Their family farm in Connemara is the source of barley.


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39. Killarney Distillery


Location: Scart, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Founded: 2013/2021

Owned by: Killarney Distilling Company, KBD

Brands: Killarney


KBD is the parent company that owns both Killarney Brewing Company Ltd and Killarney Distilling Company. It was established in 2013 by Tim O’Donoghue and Paul Sheahan, who are from Killarney, and their business partner Liam Healy, who is based in Chicago and has family ties in Kilbrean, Killarney. The Killarney Distillery introduced its first whiskey in 2021, which was aged for 8 years in an Imperial Stout cask, and only 1092 bottles were produced, just in time for the official opening of the distillery.


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40. Wild Atlantic Way Distillery


Location: Aghyaran, Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Founded: 2019

Owned by: Wild Atlantic Distillery Ltd

Brands: Wild Atlantic Irish Gin & Vodka


The distillery is situated 15 miles away from the Wild Atlantic Way and was established in 2019 by Brian and Jim Nash, who are brothers-in-law. They are currently aging their new make in ex-bourbon, sherry, port, wine, and rum casks. The distillery offers two whisky clubs: the 188 Cask Owners Club, which has 188 casks available for private investors, and the 1921 Whiskey Club, which is available to 1921 members who will have the first picks of future releases. Currently, the distillery produces and sells gin and vodka under their brand name.


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Some of The Other Irish Whiskey Brands


It should be noted that some Irish Whiskey brands are owned by companies that do not have their own distillery. Instead, these brands are produced under a contract by other Irish Whiskey distilleries. Due to disclosure agreements, the location of the distillery is not always specified. Additionally, many of these brands may source their whiskies from multiple distilleries, making it difficult to pinpoint a specific origin.


However, by examining the information provided on the labels and interviews with the owners, along with an understanding of the limited number of possible whiskey producers in Ireland, some educated guesses can be made about the origins of these whiskies.


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Clontarf & Knappogue Castle

Owned by: Irish Distillers (since 2021)

Made in: County Cork

Possible source: Midleton


Egan's Single Malt

Owned by: P. & H. Egan Ltd

Launched: 2013

Made in: Tullamore

Possible source: Midleton, then Tullamore


Gelston's

Owned by: Johnny Neill

Launched: 2017

Made in: Belfast

Possible source: Bushmills through contact with John Teeling


The Irishman & Writer's Tears

Owned by: Walsh Whiskey

Possible source: Midleton


JJ Corry

Owned by: Louise McGuane

Launched: 2015

Made in: 'All over Ireland'


Lambay

Owned by: Lambay Irish Whiskey Company

Launched: 2019

Made in: West Cork

Possible source: Midleton


Proper Twelve

Owned by: Proximo Spirits

Launched: 2018

Possible source: Old Bushmills


Sadler's Peaky Blinders

Owned by: Halewood International

Launched: 2017

Based in: Liverpool

Possible source: West Cork Distillers


Sexton

Owned by: Proximo Spirits

Launched: 2018

Possible source: Bushmills



 

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