Pearse Lyons Distillery

Opened in 2017, Pearse Lyons Distillery is not like any other distillery.

Built into the former St James Church with its surrounding graveyard the 2 slightly unusual copper pot stills take pride of place at the altar.

Lovingly restored by Deirdre Lyons, wife of the late Dr Pearse Lyons, founder of Alltech, the distillery is packed full of stories, history, culture & spirits of the alcoholic kind!

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The full range of Pearse Whiskeys are available to taste as part of the tour. Many include single malts made by the very stills, Mighty Mollie and Little Lizzie, at this fabulous distillery.

Let Casks Away whisk you to the door as part of a Dublin Whiskey Exploration Tour.

Contact info@casksaway.ie for details.

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Images courtesy of Pearse Lyons Distillery facebook here.

The Call Of The New Irish Whiskey Distilleries

Casks Away are pleased to announce a special inaugural ‘The Call Of The New Irish Whiskey Distilleries Tour.’

On the morning of 22nd June Casks Away will deliver you to the doors of the freshly opened Roe & Co Distillery located in the former Guinness Power Plant Building in the heart of Dublin.

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Be one of the first guests to partake of the Power House Tour and sample the lovely Roe & Co Blended Whiskey.

After a meal in a nearby hostelry, for the afternoons entertainment you will be driven into the scenic Wicklow Mountains to enjoy a full ‘Distillery And Warehouse Tour’ of the recently opened Powerscourt Distillery set in the magnificent grounds of Powerscourt House itself.

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This unique Irish Whiskey Experience visiting two of the newest Irish Whiskey Distilleries to open is yours for the reduced rate of only €100 per person.

Please contact info@casksaway.ie to secure your seat for this exciting adventure.

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Casks Away is based in the Midlands and is offering collection points along the M4 / M6 corridor for this tour.

Please contact info@casksaway.ie to arrange.

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All photos courtesy Casks Away

Old Carrick Mill, Monaghan

On my journeys around Ireland it always amazes me discovering new whiskey ventures.

Ventures like Old Carrick Mill in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan.

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Currently producing Old Carrick Mill Small Batch Irish Gin, they have installed some shiny new copper pot stills and will be distilling their own whiskey soon!

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They are offering fans & followers the opportunity to purchase the first casks off the stills here.

Casks Away looks forward to tasting that matured whiskey, as well as escorting visitors to the doors of Old Carrick Mill for a tour!

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All images courtesy Old Carrick Mill facebook here and twitter here.

Old Carrick Mill website here.

Matt D’Arcy & Co, Newry

What to call your new Irish Whiskey Distillery is a question facing many budding entrants into the market.

Some opt for the geographical connection, a town name,area or region as in Connacht , Nephin or Clonakilty distilleries.

Others choose a family link as in Pearse Lyons or Teeling distilleries.

Then there is the rich historical vein of tapping into Ireland’s bountiful distilling past such as Roe & Co.

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Or in this instance, Matt D’Arcy & Co.

Matt D’Arcy & Co were a whiskey company that traded in Newry many moons ago.

A new group of entrepreneurs have revived the name.

 

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Planning permission has been granted to bring back whiskey distillation to Newry.

Casks Away welcomes this exciting development and looks forward to escorting guests to the door of this fabulous distillery when built.

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All photos courtesy Matt D’Arcy & Co facebook page here.

Nephin Distillery

Nestled under the mighty bulk of Nephin Mountain which rears up behind the County Mayo village of Laherdane, Nephin Whiskey Distillery is taking shape.

Unlike other distilleries Nephin Whiskey will not be releasing any sourced malt before their own is ready.

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They do have a shop in the village however selling branded product where you can learn all about Nephin Whiskey.

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And you can visit their sister company of Nephin Cooperage making the casks for the upcoming distillate in nearby Foxford town.

They will also be using locally grown barley to make that spirit.

Like all good things, Nephin Whiskey will not be rushed.

Casks Away looks forward to tasting that Nephin Whiskey when it’s good and ready!

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All images courtesy Nephin Whiskey website here and facebook page here.

Midleton Distillery

The Midleton Distillery in County Cork when it started production of whiskey in 1975 marked a turning point in the fortunes of Irish Whiskey.

The New Midleton Distillery, as it was known, replaced the Old Midleton Distillery of the 1800’s which now houses the visitors centre.

It also concentrated the entire production of whiskey in Ireland under one roof (Bushmills being in Northern Ireland) with the amalgamation of Jamesons, Powers and Cork Distillers businesses in the newly formed Irish Distillers.

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The combined facility concentrated on promoting (rather ironically given the opposition to ‘Silent Whisky‘) the Jameson blended whiskey which slowly turned the decline of Irish Whiskey into a rebirth which is still growing today.

All Jameson, Powers, Paddy, Spot Whiskey, Redbreast, Midleton Whiskey and the exciting Method and Madness ranges of Irish Whiskey are made at Midleton.

They also provide the spirit to many third party brands.

A visit to the distillery is a must for any fan of Irish Whiskey and Casks Away is ready to take you there!

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All images courtesy Casks Away

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.