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.

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.

 

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.

Echlinville Distillery

Echlinville Distillery are actually sitting on matured whiskey of their own making as they were one of the 12 donors to the 21C Whiskey at last years Whiskey Live Dublin 2018 show.

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Their own whiskey uses barley grown in fields surrounding the beautiful distillery on the picturesque Ards Peninsular south east of Belfast in Northern Ireland.

In the meantime they have released an award winning array of tasty sourced whiskeys and poitin under brand names recalling the heyday of Irish Whiskey.

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The distillery is open to visitors. Check the website for details.

Casks Away looks forward to escorting you to this fabulous facility to enjoy the wonderful whiskeys inside.

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All images courtesy Echlinville Distillery twitter page here.

Connacht Distillery

Situated on the banks of the River Moy in the picturesque County Mayo town of Ballina, Connacht Distillery have been laying down their distillate for the last few years.

They have released award winning Gin, Vodka  and Poitin from their own stills.

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While their own whiskey quietly matures a number of innovative sourced whiskeys have pleased many a drinker.

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Sharing the American and Irish connections of their founders, The Brothership is a blend of 10  year old Irish Malt combined with 10 year old American Rye.

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Always worth a tasting!

A well stocked visitors shop together with a warm and friendly tasting room at the end of the distillery tour certainly make a trip to this facility an enjoyable experience.

Let Casks Away take you there!

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All images courtesy Connacht Distillery website and social media here.

Ballykeefe Distillery

Nestled in the picturesque County Kilkenny countryside Ballykeefe Distillery are open for business.

They are busily distilling away producing a fine range of spirits including Vodka, Gin & Poitin.

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A tasty trio!

They are also laying down barrels of new make spirit to store for the required Irish time limit of 3 years before it can be called whiskey!

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Laying down barrels of whiskey to mature at Ballykeefe Oct 2018

The grains for the spirits have been grown on Ballykeefe’s own farm to truly make it a unique single estate product.

You can follow their progress on their website here.

They are also active on the usual social media sites.

Casks Away looks forward to guiding you to their doors to sample some of that Kilkenny made spirit!

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All images courtesy Ballykeefe Distillery