Micil Distillery

The chance to visit a sixth generation Connemara Poitín maker at work in his distillery in the City of Tribes that is Galway is a unique experience.

Micil Distillery has concentrated on producing that pure Irish spirit known as poitín.

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Poitín is essentially unaged whiskey.

It was (and still is) produced illegally for many years. Thankfully Pádraic is the first of those six generations where you can see and taste this historically fine spirit without fear of prosecution!

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Tasting tours are available at the micro distillery in the Oslo Bar in Galway’s popular seafront suburb of Salthill.

Casks Away looks forward to delivering you to the door of this uniquely Irish Distillery.

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All images courtesy of Micil Distillery facebook site here and website here.

Lough Ree Distillery

Lough Ree Distillery are currently starting to build a whiskey distillery only a stones throw from the mighty River Shannon at the Northern end of Lough Ree in the County Longford town of Lanesborough.

A gin still is already in production in the town making the popular Sling Shot Gin for the company by their Master Distiller Claire.

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Offering a ‘buy your own cask’ programme to have one of Lough Ree’s first Single Pot Still Whiskeys when they come off the stills, the new distillery have ambitious plans.

Casks Away looks forward to being able to take visitors to the completed distillery.

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All photos courtesy of Lough Ree Distillery social media here. Website here.

Lough Mask Distillery

Lough Mask Distillery is a new micro distillery set in the stunning County Mayo countryside nestled below the mighty Maumtrasna mountain range on one side, and the crystal clear waters of Lough Mask on the other.

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Using a pair of unusual Alembic copper pot stills Lough Mask are already producing Gin and Vodka.

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Their whiskey will quietly mature in a combination of American and European oak barrels.

There is an offer to purchase some of the first casks produced at the distillery.

Based in the Tourmakeady Gealtacht or Irish speaking area, the distillery proudly displays ‘Drioglann Lough Measc’ on it’s freshly painted white facade.

Let Casks Away guide you to the door of this fabulous little Irish Whiskey Distillery.

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All images courtesy Lough Mask Distillery facebook page here.

Lough Mask Distillery website here.

Lough Gill Distillery

Rumours of an Irish Whiskey Distillery being built in the former abandoned factory site behind the majestic Hazelwood House in County Sligo have been circulating for a number of years.

What was a dream for software developer Mr Raethorne and his team is fast becoming a reality.

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Three gorgeous copper pot stills are now in situ and will shortly be producing their own spirit.

In the meantime a trio of sourced releases are promised.

A 14 Year Old Single Malt finished in Oloroso and PX Sherry Casks is already available, and mighty fine it is too!

Packaged in an attractively labelled bottle featuring the instantly recognisable outline of the stunning Benbulben mountain which rises behind the distillery site itself, the whiskey is named Annacoona, after a hill top on the Benbulben range.

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The other releases in the Athrú collection are also named after local Sligo hill tops of prominence featuring rich historical stories.

Athrú means change or transform in Irish.

Casks Away can’t wait to escort visitors to the recently transformed Hazelwood House featuring a shiny new Irish Whiskey Distillery as soon as it opens to the public.

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All images courtesy Lough Gill Distillery facebook page here.

Lough Gill Distillery website here.

 

The Irishman Whiskey

The Irishman Whiskey collection is a whiskey brand created by Bernard and Rosemary Walsh in the mid 2000’s.

Comprising of a blend, single malts and single cask releases with great finishes, the brand has captured the hearts of many drinkers.

Buoyed by the success of the whiskey a plan to build a new distillery in the green fields of County Carlow was initiated in 2014 and began distilling in 2016.

The popular Writers’ Tears brand was also added to the portfolio of Walsh Whiskey.

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The distillery was a partnership between Walsh Whiskey and international drinks company Illva Saronno.

Early in 2019 a split was announced in the partnership.

Walsh Whiskey will continue with their Irishman and Writer’s Tears brands, while Illva Saronno will have full control of the distillery which has now been rebranded as Royal Oak Distillery.

A new Writers’ Tears release was announced in April 2019.

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Writers’ Tears Marsala Cask

There has not yet been any release from Royal Oak Distillery.

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All images courtesy Walsh Whiskey website here and twitter page here.

 

Killowen Distillery

Killowen Distillery is a new breed of micro distillery exploring heritage mash bills using old varieties of green barley, malted barley and smoked oats to create a truly mouthwatering single pot still whiskey.

Nestled at the foot of the mighty Mourne Mountains, Killowen only accepts visitors by private appointment.

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They are starting to producing gin and poitin using local botanicals to flavour the spirit.

There is the opportunity to invest in a cask of the new whiskey too.

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Using direct fired copper pot stills, Casks Away looks forward to sampling the results of this exciting distillery.

Although it will be at least a three year wait for the whiskey!

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All images courtesy Killowen Distillery facebook page here and website here.

 

Kilbeggan Distillery

Kilbeggan Distillery in the heart of Ireland is a jewel of a distillery steeped in over 250 years of history.

Originally licensed in 1757, (there may have been unlicensed distilling before this date) it proudly boasts being the oldest continually licensed whiskey distillery in Ireland.

There have been many owners over those years, but currently Beam Suntory are the custodians of this facility along with their sister distillery of Cooley in County Louth.

Kilbeggan Distillery is the visitors experience to both distilleries where their tasty range of whiskeys can be explored.

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Locke’s, Tyrconnell, Connemara and Kilbeggan whiskeys are all available to taste as well as buy at the shop in the distillery.

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The recently released Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye is the first wholly Kilbeggan produced and matured whiskey to be made at the Westmeath facility after a restoration in 2010.

Let Casks Away deliver you to this fantastic whiskey experience.

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Images courtesy Kilbeggan Distillery website here and social media here.

Knappogue Castle Whiskey

Knappogue Castle Whiskey are an Irish Whiskey brand releasing a fine range of age statemented single malts.

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Owned by the Castle Brands group who hold an impressive world wide portfolio of drinks including another range of Irish Whiskeys under the Clontarf Whiskey label.

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Knappogue Castle itself is a 15th Century Castle set in the picturesque countryside of County Clare in Ireland’s West. Owned by members of the Castle Brands group Knappogue Castle is open to visitors. Occasional banquets are held too!

Follow the link here for further information about Knappogue Castle events.

Knappogue Castle & Clontarf Whiskey are available widely around the world.

They both represent Ireland’s rich historical and cultural past in a modern bottle of whiskey today.

Enjoy!

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All images courtesy Knappogue Castle and Irish2Core media sites here and here.

 

Irish Whitetail Distillery

Casks Away first encountered this new entrant into the Irish Whiskey scene at the annual extravaganza that is Whiskey Live Dublin.

Fronted by two young and enthusiastic Americans of Irish descent, they offered their slightly unconventional 12 Point Rogue Buck Whiskey for tasting.

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It features a 10 year old sourced Irish Single Malt Whiskey finished in African Mahogany wood.

The results were certainly tasty, and offered a new range of flavours to the category.

Plans are afoot to build a distillery on the picturesque Carlingford Peninsula.

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Irish Whitetail’s website isn’t giving too much away.

Casks Away hopes this is a temporary situation and would love to see this young couples dreams come to fruition.

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Images courtesy of Irish Whitetail twitter site here.

Hyde Irish Whiskey

Hyde Irish Whiskey have attracted a lot of controversy over the wording on their bottles of whiskey and website here.

They do not have a distillery of their own but blend and finish sourced Irish whiskeys to their own specifications.

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Generally presented non chill filtered at natural colour with interesting wood finishes, Casks Away has always found Hyde Whiskey to be a very agreeable drinking experience across their extensive range.

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All images courtesy Hyde twitter page here.