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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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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.

Hinch Distillery

Exploding onto the Irish Whiskey scene with a stunning and varied range of whiskeys are newcomers Hinch Distillery.

Already being sampled at Whisky Shows round Europe and Asia, Casks Away can’t wait to find out more about this company.

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Plans are afoot to build their own distillery in the County Down countryside south of Belfast.

Casks Away looks forward to the future development of this exciting Irish Whiskey Distillery.

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All images courtesy of Hinch Distillery website here and social media here.

 

Glendalough Distillery

Situated at the foot of the majestic Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough Distillery have been producing craft spirits for a number of years.

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Concentrating on gin production to begin with, Glendalough have built up a strong following.

Casks Away has always understood their whiskey is made elsewhere, but finished in a rich variety of wooden casks to bring about unique flavours and styles.

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Only recently have images appeared on social media sites suggesting Glendalough are maturing their own made distillate.

Casks Away certainly looks forward to the next step in Glendalough Distillery’s development!

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All images courtesy of Glendalough Distillery social media here.

Gortinore Distillers Co

Gortinore Distillers Co are the company behind one of the most exciting and novel brands to enter the Irish Whiskey market recently.

Featuring a striking bold image of Ireland’s rarest amphibian species, the Natterjack Toad, this whiskey sports a new flavour profile for Irish Whiskey.

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The team behind the brand are currently building a distillery in the County Waterford town of Kilmacthomas, more famous as the home of Flavahan’s porridge.

You never know, some of Flavahan’s oats might even make an exciting mixed mashbill whiskey for Gortinore!

Casks Away will be closely watching the development of this brave new Irish Whiskey Distillery.

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But in the meantime, you can always kiss the toad!

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All images courtesy Natterjack Irish Whiskey Facebook here and lovindublin.com

 

Great Northern Distillery

Located in the former Great Northern Brewery site in the border town of Dundalk in County Louth, the Great Northern Distillery will be a positive powerhouse of whiskey production in Ireland.

Established in 2015 by John Teeling, the distillery will follow the extremely successful strategy of producing whiskeys of varying styles for 3rd parties such as pubs, supermarkets, independent bottlers & brand makers.

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A trio of ‘First Born’ whiskeys were revealed at the Whiskey Live Dublin 2018 show to much satisfaction.

Capable of producing all four types of Irish Whiskey; Single Malt, Single Pot Still, Single Grain and Blended Whiskey, Great Northern can make a whiskey to satisfy any taste, style or pocket you desire.

Casks Away looks forward to these whiskeys appearing in stores around the world soon, as well as guiding you to this impressive facility.

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All images courtesy of Great Northern Distillery twitter site here.