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.

Cooley Distillery

Irish Whiskey was in a different place back in 1987.

There were only 2 distilleries, New Midleton and Bushmills, controlled by 1 company, Irish Distillers.

Then Cooley opened and changed the scene.

They double distilled.

They peated.

They acquired and revived long lost whiskey brands.

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Cooley Whiskey Brands

They sold to 3rd parties like supermarket chains and independent bottlers.

They opened up the market.

Cooley has never had a visitors centre.

Now part of the Beam/Suntory Group, Cooley continues to make whiskey.

The visitors centre is at the sister distillery of Kilbeggan in County Westmeath.

Those involved in Cooley are now part of Great Northern Distillery,  Teeling Distillery, Powerscourt Distillery as well as others.

Cooley’s involvement in the rebuilding of Irish Whiskey cannot be underestimated.

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Images courtesy of whisky.com and Kilbeggan Distilling Co here.