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Matt D’Arcy & Co, Newry

What to call your new Irish Whiskey Distillery is a question facing many budding entrants into the market.

Some opt for the geographical connection, a town name,area or region as in Connacht , Nephin or Clonakilty distilleries.

Others choose a family link as in Pearse Lyons or Teeling distilleries.

Then there is the rich historical vein of tapping into Ireland’s bountiful distilling past such as Roe & Co.

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Or in this instance, Matt D’Arcy & Co.

Matt D’Arcy & Co were a whiskey company that traded in Newry many moons ago.

A new group of entrepreneurs have revived the name.

 

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Building works are ongoing in Newry and whilst they wait for their own whiskey to mature a pair of sourced Matt D’Arcy Whiskeys have been released.

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Casks Away welcomes these new whiskeys and looks forward to escorting guests to the doors of this fabulous distillery when built.

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All photos courtesy Matt D’Arcy & Co facebook page here.

Nephin Distillery

Nestled under the mighty bulk of Nephin Mountain which rears up behind the County Mayo village of Laherdane, Nephin Whiskey Distillery is taking shape.

Unlike other distilleries Nephin Whiskey will not be releasing any sourced malt before their own is ready.

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They do have a shop in the village however selling branded product where you can learn all about Nephin Whiskey.

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And you can visit their sister company of Nephin Cooperage making the casks for the upcoming distillate in nearby Foxford town.

They will also be using locally grown barley to make that spirit.

Like all good things, Nephin Whiskey will not be rushed.

Casks Away looks forward to tasting that Nephin Whiskey when it’s good and ready!

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All images courtesy Nephin Whiskey website here and facebook page here.

Midleton Distillery

The Midleton Distillery in County Cork when it started production of whiskey in 1975 marked a turning point in the fortunes of Irish Whiskey.

The New Midleton Distillery, as it was known, replaced the Old Midleton Distillery of the 1800’s which now houses the visitors centre.

It also concentrated the entire production of whiskey in Ireland under one roof (Bushmills being in Northern Ireland) with the amalgamation of Jamesons, Powers and Cork Distillers businesses in the newly formed Irish Distillers.

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The combined facility concentrated on promoting (rather ironically given the opposition to ‘Silent Whisky‘) the Jameson blended whiskey which slowly turned the decline of Irish Whiskey into a rebirth which is still growing today.

All Jameson, Powers, Paddy, Spot Whiskey, Redbreast, Midleton Whiskey and the exciting Method and Madness ranges of Irish Whiskey are made at Midleton.

They also provide the spirit to many third party brands.

A visit to the distillery is a must for any fan of Irish Whiskey and Casks Away is ready to take you there!

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All images courtesy Casks Away

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.