Ahascragh Distillery in County Galway is part of the next generation of Irish Whiskey Distilleries that are re-energising the proud and long heritage of uisce beatha.
Founded by Gareth and Michelle McAllister the distillery is currently (January 2022) being built around the old landmark property of Ahascragh Mill.
By following Ahascragh Distillery social media sites you can access regular updates as to the progress of this ambitious venture.
In the meantime sourced spirits have been blended and packaged by Ahascragh Distillery in advance of their own produce and include Xin Gin, Clan Colla Whiskey and Uais Irish Whiskey.
Available in several local bars in Ahascragh village itself, Casks Away is ready to take you there to view the building works, enjoy a snack in the Old Mill Shop & Cafe and perhaps sample a few of their fine whiskey beside the distillery itself!
All images courtesy Ahascragh Distillery website here.
Ahascragh Distillery twitter here, Instagram here and facebook here.
Despite the COVID pandemic, Irish Whiskey is showing remarkable resilience with continued announcements of new brands and distillery projects proceeding apace.
One of those, Titanic Distillers in Belfast, (see The Spirits Business link here) piqued my interest as it involves a bit of a story.
The story begins with a lucky individual winning the lottery, Peter Lavery, back in 1996. (Irish Times link here)
Apart from buying the fancy cars and luxury holidays, Peter also released some whiskey brands. Titanic and Danny Boy being the most noticeable.
Launched in May 2011, (launch link here) Titanic Whiskey gained a lot of attention and sold widely. By December 2011 events took a bit of a twist. Beam bought out the Cooley/Kilbeggan operations run by John Teeling. (Sale link here) At one fell swoop the source of Titanic’s whiskey (and others too, see link here) was turned off and stocks began to dwindle.
Undeterred, a plan to build a distillery in the historic Crumlin Gaol under the Belfast Distillery Company (BDC) name was started in 2013. (BDC link here)
Then all went quiet.
Rumours abounded, but nothing confirmed,then in 2019 a bottle of McConnell’s Whisky appeared!
The Belfast Distillery Company was alive and well under new ownership (Conecuch Brands link here) with Mr Lavery nowhere to be seen.
Some of the folks involved in the original BDC plan later resurfaced at Hinch Distillery (link to my blog here) in County Down.
But what of Mr Lavery?
Well in late 2020 a group lodged a planning proposal to turn the old Pump House beside the original Titanic Docks into a whiskey distillery.
Here’s hoping it’s third time lucky for the irrepressible Peter Lavery!
All photos courtesy sources credited below images.
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.
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.
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.
All images courtesy Tipperary Distillery facebook page here and twitter site here.
There has been whiskey distilling in Tullamore for over 200 years.
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.
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.
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.
All whiskey images courtesy Tullamore DEW twitter site here. Other images courtesy Cask Away.
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.
A fabulous visitors experience has been built around the working distillery, capable of producing a half million litres of alcohol per year.
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.
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 email@example.com to book your tour.
All images courtesy of Teeling Facebook page here, and Twitter site here.