Portmagee Whiskey

Portmagee Whiskey is a relatively new brand.

There are future plans to build a distillery in the attractive Kerry village of Portmagee on the Wild Atlantic Way.

In the meantime they are trying to raise the profile of their Portmagee Whiskey, as well as create a tourist attraction in the village the whiskey is named after.

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Tied in with the whiskey is the rich maritime history of both fishing and smuggling in the area.

An entertaining podcast on the project is available from Radio Kerry here.

Casks Away looks forward to escorting you to the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way and sharing in a glass of Portmagee Whiskey!

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All images courtesy Portmagee Whiskey website here, facebook page here, and twitter site here.

The Quiet Man Distillery

Sadly, despite the best efforts of those involved, not all Irish Whiskey Distilleries succeed.

Quiet Man Distillery in Derry is one.

Announced with great expectations to build on the historic Ebrington Square area of the city by Niche Drinks here in early 2017.

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By late 2018 the BBC were saying it was all over here.

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It’s better to have an impossible dream than no dream at all.

Luckily for Irish Whiskey fans the Quiet Man range of whiskeys are still going strong.

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I’ll drink to that!

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Images courtesy of The Spirits Business here, BBC News here  and Quiet Man Whiskey facebook here.

The Quiet Man Whiskey 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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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.

 

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.

 

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.