Micil Distillery

The chance to visit a sixth generation Connemara Poitín maker at work in his distillery in the City of Tribes that is Galway is a unique experience.

Micil Distillery has concentrated on producing that pure Irish spirit known as poitín.

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Poitín is essentially unaged whiskey.

It was (and still is) produced illegally for many years. Thankfully Pádraic is the first of those six generations where you can see and taste this historically fine spirit without fear of prosecution!

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Tasting tours are available at the micro distillery in the Oslo Bar in Galway’s popular seafront suburb of Salthill.

Casks Away looks forward to delivering you to the door of this uniquely Irish Distillery.

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All images courtesy of Micil Distillery facebook site here and website here.

Lough Ree Distillery

Lough Ree Distillery are currently starting to build a whiskey distillery only a stones throw from the mighty River Shannon at the Northern end of Lough Ree in the County Longford town of Lanesborough.

A gin still is already in production in the town making the popular Sling Shot Gin for the company by their Master Distiller Claire.

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Offering a ‘buy your own cask’ programme to have one of Lough Ree’s first Single Pot Still Whiskeys when they come off the stills, the new distillery have ambitious plans.

Casks Away looks forward to being able to take visitors to the completed distillery.

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All photos courtesy of Lough Ree Distillery social media here. Website here.

Lough Mask Distillery

Lough Mask Distillery is a new micro distillery set in the stunning County Mayo countryside nestled below the mighty Maumtrasna mountain range on one side, and the crystal clear waters of Lough Mask on the other.

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Using a pair of unusual Alembic copper pot stills Lough Mask are already producing Gin and Vodka.

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Their whiskey will quietly mature in a combination of American and European oak barrels.

There is an offer to purchase some of the first casks produced at the distillery.

Based in the Tourmakeady Gealtacht or Irish speaking area, the distillery proudly displays ‘Drioglann Lough Measc’ on it’s freshly painted white facade.

Let Casks Away guide you to the door of this fabulous little Irish Whiskey Distillery.

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All images courtesy Lough Mask Distillery facebook page here.

Lough Mask Distillery website here.

Lough Gill Distillery

Rumours of an Irish Whiskey Distillery being built in the former abandoned factory site behind the majestic Hazelwood House in County Sligo have been circulating for a number of years.

What was a dream for software developer Mr Raethorne and his team is fast becoming a reality.

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Three gorgeous copper pot stills are now in situ and will shortly be producing their own spirit.

In the meantime a trio of sourced releases are promised.

A 14 Year Old Single Malt finished in Oloroso and PX Sherry Casks is already available, and mighty fine it is too!

Packaged in an attractively labelled bottle featuring the instantly recognisable outline of the stunning Benbulben mountain which rises behind the distillery site itself, the whiskey is named Annacoona, after a hill top on the Benbulben range.

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The other releases in the Athrú collection are also named after local Sligo hill tops of prominence featuring rich historical stories.

Athrú means change or transform in Irish.

Casks Away can’t wait to escort visitors to the recently transformed Hazelwood House featuring a shiny new Irish Whiskey Distillery as soon as it opens to the public.

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All images courtesy Lough Gill Distillery facebook page here.

Lough Gill Distillery website 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.

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.

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