Waterford Distillery

The long awaited inaugural release from the category defining Waterford Distillery is happening on Saturday 25th April.

Casks Away will be there and is offering a return transport service for 7 keen whiskey fans.

Contact info@casksaway.ie to book your seats. Events page here.

Building itself on the founding pillars of provenance, biodynamics and terroir, Waterford Distillery (website here) has built up much anticipation for it’s ‘Where Barley Is King’ approach.

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The Pilgrimage Single Malt Whiskey will be available to purchase at the Open Day.

Prospective attendees must book their tickets in advance via Waterford Distillery’s eventbrite page here.

It remains to be seen how the whiskey community will react to the first tastings of this highly sought after release.

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Founder Mark Reynier and his team have built up a much lauded reputation both within the wine and whisky industry during his time at La Reserve Fine Wines and Bruichladdich Distillery.

Casks Away looks forward to a successful future at Waterford Distillery.

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Irish Times article on Mark Reynier here.

Photos in text courtesy Waterford Distillery facebook site here.

Header image courtesy Casks Away.

 

Tipperary Distillery

Tipperary Distillery (website here) is very much a family business grown out of a long association with the whisky industry combined with a strong farming tradition.

Father Stuart has managed many a Scottish whisky distillery.

Daughter Jennifer gained her appreciation of whisky growing up in distilleries!

Son-in-law Liam is a 5th generation barley grower.

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Together they launched  the Tipperary Boutique Whiskey selection a few years ago, as well as a subsequent selection of sourced cask finished single malts, while plans for their own distillery were being finalised.

The distillery was originally intended to be built on the family farm in Ballindoney, but a tie in with Dundrum House Hotel  (website here) near Cashel, now sees works being carried out to create Ireland’s first Whiskey Hotel.

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There is no indication of a completion date as yet, but Casks Away is eager to ferry the first visitors to this unique distillery when ready.

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All images courtesy Tipperary Distillery facebook page here and twitter site here.

Tullamore Distillery

There has been whiskey distilling in Tullamore for over 200 years.

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The Old Bonded Warehouse, where Tullamore DEW Whiskey Tours start from (website here), attractively situated on the banks of the Grand Canal, are part of the original 1829 B Daly Distillery from which the new Tullamore Distillery, located on a turf bog a few kms outside the town, still continues the tradition.

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Built in 2014, Tullamore Distillery is owned by William Grant & Sons of Scotland. It has the ability to produce all four styles of Irish Whiskey: single grain, single malt, single pot still and blended whiskey. Tullamore’s own distillate is now making it’s way into the popular triple distilled, triple blended Tullamore DEW range.

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Tours of Tullamore Distillery are available on a weekly basis, Old Bonded Warehouse tours are conducted daily.

Why not let Casks Away escort you there in conjunction with other prominent whiskey distilleries active in the Heart Of Ireland.

info@casksaway.ie

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All whiskey images courtesy Tullamore DEW twitter site here. Other images courtesy Cask Away.

Tullamore Dew website here.

William Grant & Sons website here.

Teeling Whiskey Distillery

When Teeling Whiskey Distillery opened it’s doors back in 2015, website here, it marked the return of Irish Whiskey Distilling to Dublin after an absence of nearly 50 years.

Founded by Jack and Stephen Teeling, sons of the famous John Teeling, they assembled an experienced team of players, as well as plenty of maturing whiskey stocks, after the buyout of Killbeggan and Cooley Distilleries to Beam back in 2011. Irish Times article here.

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Head Distiller Alex Chasko

A fabulous visitors experience has been built around the working distillery, capable of producing a half million litres of alcohol per year.

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Some Teeling Whiskey

A wide and varied selection of award winning single malts, blends and single grains have been released from those initial stocks, as well as the first single pot still made in Dublin for a long time.

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Teeling Single Pot Still

Located in the vibrant Liberties area of Dublin, Teeling Whiskey Distillery is a must see of any Casks Away Whiskey Tour of Ireland’s capital city.

Contact info@casksaway.ie to book your tour.

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All images courtesy of Teeling Facebook page here, and Twitter site here.

The Crolly Distillery

The Crolly Distillery are finalising their vision to open a whiskey distillery on the site of the famous Crolly Doll Factory in Donegal.

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The copper pot stills are in situ and will be the first to produce whiskey in Donegal for over 180 years.

A visitors centre is also being opened to welcome tourists from far and wide to this stunningly scenic area of Ireland.

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A cask buyers club can be found on the Crolly Distillery (website here) for those interested in investing in this exciting venture.

Casks Away would like to invite you on a trip to sample the sights, sounds and fabulous aromas of this distillery when fully open.

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Contact info@casksaway.ie to book your trip.

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All images courtesy of The Crolly Distillery webpage here and Twitter site here.

The Shed Distillery

From the ‘Curious Mind’ of P.J. Rigney and The Shed Distillery in Lovely Leitrim comes a trio of well crafted spirits.

First off the stills was Gunpowder Irish Gin.

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Then Sausage Tree Pure Irish Vodka.

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And recently The Inaugural Release Drumshanbo Whiskey.

A Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey using a mixed mash of malted and unmalted barley together with some oats.

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All three are presented in exquisitly designed bottles and packaging.

All three are liquids of high quality and have been extremely well received in their respective categories.

A new visitors centre for the distillery is expected to open later in 2020.

Casks Away would love to take a group of fans to the Inaugural Opening to experience the fruits of that ‘Curious Mind’.

Contact Casks Away at info@casksaway.ie to book your seat.

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All images courtesy The Shed Distillery Twitter site here.

Sliabh Liag Distillery

Sliabh Liag Distillery on the rugged Donegal coast are already making their own Gin and Vodka using botanicals foraged from the local area.

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But whiskey making is the final goal.

Plans to build in a field outside of Carrick with stunning views over Donegal Bay to the distant Sligo shore beyond had to be shelved.

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Fortunately that hasn’t deterred the owners and site clearance has began in Ardara, a picturesque village a few miles up the road.

Along with their own An Dúlamán Gin, Sliabh Liag have also released The Legendary Silkie Blended Irish Whiskey in advance of construction.

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Tours are already available at the Gin Distillery.  See Sliabh Liag website here.

Casks Away are looking forward to the Grand Opening of Sliabh Liag Whiskey Distillery in Ardara.

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All images courtesy Sliabh Liag Distillers facebook page here.

 

Slane Distillery

Slane is synonymous with the Rock & Pop Concerts that have been held in the natural amphitheatre at Slane Castle since Thin Lizzy and U2 first performed there in 1981.

For a full list of gigs see Wiki site here.

But a new Whiskey Distillery tastefully set within the old stables may yet bring a further legacy to Slane Castle.

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Opened in 2017, Slane Distillery (website here) has the ability to produce all styles of Irish Whiskey; Single Grain, Single Malt, Single Pot Still and of course, Blended Irish Whiskey.

At present (January 2020) they offer a sourced Slane Whiskey Triple Casked Irish Whiskey Blend while their own stocks mature.

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The project was completed with the help of Kentucky’s Brown Forman family who are the owners of Jack Daniel’s as well as many other famous brands. Website here.

Let Casks Away drive you to this stunning distillery on the banks of the River Boyne in County Meath, taste the whiskey and enjoy a meal in the historic 18th Century Castle itself.

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All images courtesy Slane Whiskey twitter site here.

Skellig Six18 Distillery

Skellig Six18 Distillery is one of the next generation Irish Whiskey Distilleries springing up around the Emerald Isle.

Named after the 618 steps on Skellig Micheal to reach the World Heritage Monastery Site, the distillery is situated on the Wild Atlantic Way in the County Kerry town of Cahersiveen.

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Star Wars came to Skellig a few years ago to shoot some scenes on the island. Tour boats can take you out to Skellig, weather permitting.

Skellig Six18 Distillery Visitors Centre is expected to open in spring 2020 for those wishing to visit this stunning new facility.

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Skellig Six18 have already released their own gin and intend to make a single pot still as their first whiskey.

Casks Away looks forward to driving you to this fabulous part of the country to enjoy both the stunning scenery as well as the tasty liquid!

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Images courtesy of Skellig Six18 Distillery twitter site here and website here.

Star Wars image courtesy courtesy Radio Kerry site here.

Royal Oak Distillery

Situated in the green fields of the old Holloden House Estate, Royal Oak Distillery strikes an impressive pose sitting behind it’s picturesque duck pond complete with wooden walkway.

All three styles of Irish Whiskey are made here, grain, malt and single pot still whiskey, giving Royal Oak great flexibility.

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Capable of producing two and a half million litres of pure alcohol a year at full tilt, Royal Oak have not yet released any of their own whiskey. (Dec 2019)

Originally founded by Walsh Whiskey (whose sourced Irishman – see Casks Away blog here – and Writers Tears Whiskey ranges are available at the distillery), there was a dramatic split with the Italian company Illva Saronno who now own the facility. See Irish Times article here.

Better known as producers of the Tia Maria and Disaronno liqueurs, Illva Saronno don’t have a whiskey in their current drinks portfolio. Although interestingly a subsidiary Indian company have released a whisky range in that region. See Modi Illva site here.

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Let Casks Away take you on a day trip to visit this fabulous whiskey distillery set in the verdant County Carlow countryside.

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All images courtesy of Royal Oak twitter here and facebook site here.

Illva Saronno website here.