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Belfast Distillery Company

Truth is often stranger than fiction.

Back in 1996 Belfast bus driver Peter Lavery won £10 million on the lottery.

Along with the usual spending, holidays, fast cars & a new house, he also set up the Belfast Distillery Company.

A number of bottles were released under some rather catchy brand names. The most obvious being Danny Boy & Titanic Whiskey which were sourced from the then Cooley Distillery.

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Titanic Irish Whiskey courtesy thewhiskeyexchange

The Titanic Whiskey was an easy drinking blend which attracted a fair amount of sales & appreciation.

All was going well until 2011 when Cooley was sold to Beam and at one fell swoop – all supply to 3rd party bottlers ceased as Beam kept the precious liquid for their own stocks!

To secure his own supply of whiskey Mr Lavery decided to start plans for a distillery in the historic building of Crumlin Road Jail.

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Old BDC logo

Everything seemed to be proceeding well.

Then it went quiet.

 

 

 

Very quiet.

 

 

 

Which is usually a sign things aren’t going well.

 

 

 

But all is not lost!

Belfast Distillery Company is now under new hands.

I’m hearing rumours through the grapevine that the project isn’t dead. In fact my sources say it’s very much alive!

Casks Away will be super excited to take whiskey fans into A Wing of Crumlin Jail.

Not to be locked up I may add, but to enjoy a taste of whiskey!

Here’s hoping the tales are true & that once more, whiskey will be made in Belfast.

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Images courtesy of The Whisky Exchange and the silent Belfast Distillery Company facebook site.

Ballykeefe Distillery

Nestled in the picturesque County Kilkenny countryside Ballykeefe Distillery are open for business.

They are busily distilling away producing a fine range of spirits including Vodka, Gin & Poitin.

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A tasty trio!

They are also laying down barrels of new make spirit to store for the required Irish time limit of 3 years before it can be called whiskey!

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Laying down barrels of whiskey to mature at Ballykeefe Oct 2018

The grains for the spirits have been grown on Ballykeefe’s own farm to truly make it a unique single estate product.

You can follow their progress on their website here.

They are also active on the usual social media sites.

Casks Away looks forward to guiding you to their doors to sample some of that Kilkenny made spirit!

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All images courtesy Ballykeefe Distillery

Achill Distillery

The number of Irish Whiskey Distilleries continues to rise.

One that is currently being built is Achill Distillery.

It’s the brain child of The Irish American Trading Co who already have a couple of releases on the market.

Irish American Whiskey

There is the Classic Blend and a 10 Year Old Single Malt.

Both are fairly decent examples of bourbon cask matured Irish Whiskey in that they have a fruity nose combined with vanilla & caramel notes from the barrel with a little hint of spice too.

Both are sourced Irish Whiskeys from other distilleries until Achill Distillery is up and running.

You can follow the progress of the distillery on The Irish American Trading Co twitter page here or website here.

As in all such ventures, Casks Away looks forward to taking whiskey fans on a journey of discovery to Achill Island to taste some of the spirit when the stills are up and running.

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Images courtesy Irish American Trading Co social media accounts.

The Journey Begins

A journey of taste.

A journey of flavour.

A journey of adventure.

A journey of discovery.

A journey around the highways & byways, boreens & busy streets, soaking up all that is happening in Irish Whiskey.

Journey with Casks Away.

An intimate (up to 8 passengers) tour bus based whiskey experience escorting you to enjoy the delights of Irish Whiskey.

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