Chapel Gate have revived the lost art of whiskey bonding to a family farm in County Clare.
Whiskey bonding used to be common practice in Irish Whiskey’s hey day.
The bonder would buy whiskey from the distillery, (or distilleries), barrel it in casks of their own choosing, mature it, blend it, mix it and bottle it to their own requirements under their own labels for sale.
JJ Corry was an active bonder in the Clare town of Kilrush which nearby Chapel Gate have revived for their modern operations.
Spearheaded by founder Loiuse McGuane, Chapel Gate have released award winning blend The Gael,
As well as top in it’s class single malt The Flintlock.
A new blending room and visitors centre are due to open soon.
Casks Away are eager to whisk you away on an adventure to West Clare to explore the lost art of whiskey bonding.
All images courtesy Chapel Gate Whiskey website here.
Originally granted a licence to distill way back in 1608, it wasn’t until 1784 a whiskey distillery eventually started at the site.
A fire in the building (an occupational hazard in distilleries) prompted an 1885 rebuild which still stands today as part of the ever expanding complex of buildings in County Antrim, part of Northern Ireland.
Bushmills today produces a popular range of blends,
A selection of age statement single malts,
and under current owners, Mexican drinks giant Jose Cuervo, a travel retail exclusive range of cask finished single malts.
Bushmills distillate also forms the basis of many third party blends & brands.
At one time Bushmills was one of only 2 distilleries on the island of Ireland. Both of them owned by the Irish Distillers Group.
Thankfully those lean years have gone and Irish Whiskey is expanding.
Casks Away looks forward to taking you to the very North of Northern Ireland to visit this wonderful distillery, as well as the nearby Giant’s Causeway!
Get in touch to be part of the adventure.
All images courtesy Bushmills Distillery websites & social media.
It takes a long time to get a distillery off the ground. There are many pit falls & setbacks.
One distillery embarking on that journey is situated in the picturesque town of Boyle in County Roscommon.
Boyle, on the river of the same name, recently rose to fame on the back of the popular comedy series Moone Boy. Using local actors and with many scenes filmed in the town, there is now a tourist trail showing the film settings.
One of the main characters, Chris O’Dowd, happens to hail from Boyle himself and has backed the Stewart family who have gained planning permission (subject to conditions) to build a €10 million whiskey distillery in the listed building of a former mill.
Casks Away will certainly be following developments with this proposed distillery.
It will be a welcome addition to the attraction of Boyle itself, as well as growing the Irish Whiskey category as a whole.
Images courtesy of Shannonside.ie & Stewart’s Mill Distillery Boyle here.
Situated on the scenic shores of Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, The Boatyard Distillery are already gaining appreciation for the use of organic ingredients in their portfolio of gin & vodka releases.
Owner Joe McGirr has come back to his roots after spending years immersed in the spirits & whiskey industry abroad.
A refurbished visitors centre is due to open in 2019 to showcase their output and philosophy to making fine tasting spirits.
Using an unconventional istill set up from Holland, (new copper pot stills are on order) The Boatyard Distillery have already experimented with producing new make malt spirit which is quietly maturing in wooden casks for the required three years before it can be called Irish Whiskey.
Casks Away looks forward to visiting this innovative distillery with you.
All images courtesy The Boatyard Distillery social media here.
Boann Distillery sits in an impressive building of glass, copper & wood overlooking the open fields of County Meath on Ireland’s East Coast.
It’s a family affair.
The Cooney family to be precise.
They have built up over 40 years experience in the drinks trade in all areas of the industry.
Now the distillery hasn’t been commissioned as yet, but in the meantime an impressive array of sourced malts & blends under The Whistler brand have been gathering awards & appreciation.
What is also impressive is the large brewery & bottling plant that sits behind the distillery wall.
Operating as the Boyne Brewhouse they already produce an award winning array of tasty beers, stouts & cider.
A visit to this combined brewery & distillery wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of the fine locally produced foods of the nearby historic Boyne Valley in the soon to be finished Stillhouse Bistro.
Casks Away can’t wait to take you there!
Images courtesy of Boyne Brewhouse & Boann Distillery facebook pages here & here.
When someone mentioned Block Chain to me I just thought it was another computer game the kids had got into.
From what I understand (which isn’t a lot in this instance) Block Chain is a method of digitally tracking each and every ingredient, every method and every action used in creating whiskey. Blackwater Whisky to be precise.
The whisky created at the newly opened Blackwater Distillery in Ballyduff County Waterford will be the first (to my knowledge anyway) in Ireland to use this method.
We’ll have to wait until at least 2021 to taste the results as their first new make spirit only entered the barrels for maturation in December 2018.
What I do understand however is the wonderfully tasting & elegant sourced whisky (Blackwater don’t use the ‘e’) they released prior to their own quietly ageing.
It’s called Retronaut.
And if the team down at Blackwater can produce anything close to this fabulous whisky, Block Chain or not, I’d be an extremely happy imbiber!
Images courtesy of Blackwater Distillery Blog here & Google here.