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Skellig Six18 Distillery

Skellig Six18 Distillery is one of the next generation Irish Whiskey Distilleries springing up around the Emerald Isle.

Named after the 618 steps on Skellig Micheal to reach the World Heritage Monastery Site, the distillery is situated on the Wild Atlantic Way in the County Kerry town of Cahersiveen.

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Star Wars came to Skellig a few years ago to shoot some scenes on the island. Tour boats can take you out to Skellig, weather permitting.

Skellig Six18 Distillery Visitors Centre is expected to open in spring 2020 for those wishing to visit this stunning new facility.

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Skellig Six18 have already released their own gin and intend to make a single pot still as their first whiskey.

Casks Away looks forward to driving you to this fabulous part of the country to enjoy both the stunning scenery as well as the tasty liquid!

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Images courtesy of Skellig Six18 Distillery twitter site here and website here.

Star Wars image courtesy courtesy Radio Kerry site here.

Royal Oak Distillery

Situated in the green fields of the old Holloden House Estate, Royal Oak Distillery strikes an impressive pose sitting behind it’s picturesque duck pond complete with wooden walkway.

All three styles of Irish Whiskey are made here, grain, malt and single pot still whiskey, giving Royal Oak great flexibility.

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Capable of producing two and a half million litres of pure alcohol a year at full tilt, Royal Oak have not yet released any of their own whiskey. (Dec 2019)

Originally founded by Walsh Whiskey (whose sourced Irishman – see Casks Away blog here – and Writers Tears Whiskey ranges are available at the distillery), there was a dramatic split with the Italian company Illva Saronno who now own the facility. See Irish Times article here.

Better known as producers of the Tia Maria and Disaronno liqueurs, Illva Saronno don’t have a whiskey in their current drinks portfolio. Although interestingly a subsidiary Indian company have released a whisky range in that region. See Modi Illva site here.

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Let Casks Away take you on a day trip to visit this fabulous whiskey distillery set in the verdant County Carlow countryside.

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All images courtesy of Royal Oak twitter here and facebook site here.

Illva Saronno website here.

Roe & Co Distillery

After an absence of a few years, Diageo have returned to Irish Whiskey Distilling with a fabulous new distillery in the historic Liberties area of Dublin.

Inspired by the great George Roe Distillery of the 1800’s, the new Roe & Co design incorporates a green colour scheme throughout in homage to the pear tree that still stands beside the George Roe windmill nearby.

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The former Guinness Power Station now contains the three shiny copper pot stills of Roe & Co. as well as a comfortable and well appointed bar.

The highlight of the tour is the opportunity to make your own cocktail using Roe & Co’s signature blended whiskey.

You can also bottle your own whiskey from two exclusive casks on the site.

Let Casks Away whisky you there for a memorable day out.

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Roe & Co website here.

All images courtesy Roe & Co Facebook site here.

Rademon Estate Distillery

Nestled in the gently rolling countryside of County Down 15 miles south of Belfast is Rademon Estate Distillery.

Rademon 3More famous for their Shortcross Gin, which has been out for a few years, Rademon Estate Distillery have also been quietly laying down spirit in wooden casks for more than the minimum 3 years maturation period to shortly release their first whiskey.

 

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G & T tours are already available at the stunning glass fronted distillery.

Casks Away looks forward to being able to take Irish Whiskey fans to Rademon Estate Distillery on the release of their impending Shortcross Whiskey.

 

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All images courtesy Rademon Estate Distillery website here,  Facebook page here and Twitter site here.

Contact Casks Away  info@casksaway.ie  to arrange transport to the distillery.

Killarney Distilling Co

The speed at which Irish Whiskey is expanding is breathtaking.

New developments are popping up everywhere.

The Killarney Distilling Company (newspaper article here) intend to build a whiskey distillery on a site near Fossa on the picturesque Ring Of Kerry.

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The distillery plan emanates from the Killarney Brewing Company (website here) who already release a range of craft beers.

A Killarney Gin is also available.

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Casks Away wishes all involved with the venture future success.

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All images courtesy Killarney Brewing Company twitter site  here and facebook page here.

Irish Whiskey Awards 2019 -Transport Service

This years Irish Whiskey Awards 2019 are taking place at the prestigious Dingle Distillery on the evening of 17th October.

Casks Away are pleased to announce a special Whiskey Awards Service to those wishing to attend.

Customers will be picked up in Dublin (contact Casks Away for alternatives) on the morning of the 17th.

A leisurely drive down to Dingle in the 8 seater limousine and check in to the B&B accommodation based on twin sharing rooms. (Single supplement will apply).

Transport to and from Dingle Distillery for the Awards Ceremony followed by an evening in Dick Mac’s Pub, website here.

Breakfast the next morning and drive back to Dublin.

All for the special introductory rate of €150 per person!

Contact Cask Away to secure your seat.

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PLEASE NOTE Customers must secure their own tickets to the Awards Ceremony via the Celtic Whiskey Shop here or phone 01 675 9744

Header image courtesy Dingle Distillery 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.

Powerscourt Distillery

Powerscourt Distillery is built into the Old Mill House of Powerscourt Estate itself.

Stunning views across to Sugarloaf Mountain greet the visitor on driving down the impressive entry road just up from the picturesque village of Enniskerry in County Wicklow.

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Recently opened in 2019, the distillery has an impressive display of 3 copper pot stills already laying down spirit filling a variety of casks in the maturation warehouse opposite.

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A fully guided tour goes into the rich heritage of Powerscourt Estate, as well as the fine art of distilling whiskey.

Visitors are treated to a tasting of the Fercullen range of whiskeys which were previously distilled at another distillery by the Master Distiller of Powerscourt, Noel Sweeney.

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They encompass a Single Grain, a Blend and a 14 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey.

Powerscourt Distillery is the highlight of any Casks Away Whiskey Tour.

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All images courtesy of Powerscourt Distillery facebook here and twitter here.

Pearse Lyons Distillery

Opened in 2017, Pearse Lyons Distillery is not like any other distillery.

Built into the former St James Church with its surrounding graveyard the 2 slightly unusual copper pot stills take pride of place at the altar.

Lovingly restored by Deirdre Lyons, wife of the late Dr Pearse Lyons, founder of Alltech, the distillery is packed full of stories, history, culture & spirits of the alcoholic kind!

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The full range of Pearse Whiskeys are available to taste as part of the tour. Many include single malts made by the very stills, Mighty Mollie and Little Lizzie, at this fabulous distillery.

Let Casks Away whisk you to the door as part of a Dublin Whiskey Exploration Tour.

Contact info@casksaway.ie for details.

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Images courtesy of Pearse Lyons Distillery facebook here.

Old Carrick Mill, Monaghan

On my journeys around Ireland it always amazes me discovering new whiskey ventures.

Ventures like Old Carrick Mill in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan.

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Currently producing Old Carrick Mill Small Batch Irish Gin, they have installed some shiny new copper pot stills and will be distilling their own whiskey soon!

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They are offering fans & followers the opportunity to purchase the first casks off the stills here.

Casks Away looks forward to tasting that matured whiskey, as well as escorting visitors to the doors of Old Carrick Mill for a tour!

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All images courtesy Old Carrick Mill facebook here and twitter here.

Old Carrick Mill website here.