Knappogue Castle Whiskey

Knappogue Castle Whiskey are an Irish Whiskey brand releasing a fine range of age statemented single malts.

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Owned by the Castle Brands group who hold an impressive world wide portfolio of drinks including another range of Irish Whiskeys under the Clontarf Whiskey label.

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Knappogue Castle itself is a 15th Century Castle set in the picturesque countryside of County Clare in Ireland’s West. Owned by members of the Castle Brands group Knappogue Castle is open to visitors. Occasional banquets are held too!

Follow the link here for further information about Knappogue Castle events.

Knappogue Castle & Clontarf Whiskey are available widely around the world.

They both represent Ireland’s rich historical and cultural past in a modern bottle of whiskey today.

Enjoy!

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All images courtesy Knappogue Castle and Irish2Core media sites here and 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.

Great Northern Distillery

Located in the former Great Northern Brewery site in the border town of Dundalk in County Louth, the Great Northern Distillery will be a positive powerhouse of whiskey production in Ireland.

Established in 2015 by John Teeling, the distillery will follow the extremely successful strategy of producing whiskeys of varying styles for 3rd parties such as pubs, supermarkets, independent bottlers & brand makers.

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A trio of ‘First Born’ whiskeys were revealed at the Whiskey Live Dublin 2018 show to much satisfaction.

Capable of producing all four types of Irish Whiskey; Single Malt, Single Pot Still, Single Grain and Blended Whiskey, Great Northern can make a whiskey to satisfy any taste, style or pocket you desire.

Casks Away looks forward to these whiskeys appearing in stores around the world soon, as well as guiding you to this impressive facility.

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All images courtesy of Great Northern Distillery twitter site here.

Dublin Liberties Distillery

Dublin Liberties Distillery is the latest whiskey distillery to open it’s doors to visitors in Ireland’s Capital City.

Located in the historic area of The Liberties, the distillery combines tales from the past mixed with a thoroughly modern twist to showcase their range of fine single malts and blends.

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Production has already started and fully guided tours allow a close up look of how whiskey is made.

It will be a few years yet before their own distillate is matured, but in the meantime you can sit back and enjoy a few samples in the sumptuous bar, or even a cuppa tea and a snack in the downstairs cafe.

Immerse yourself in the ‘rebels, rascals and raconteurs’ of Irish Whiskey.

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All images courtesy Dublin Liberties Distillery website here and twitter page here.

 

Dingle Distillery

Dingle may have risen to fame with the exploits of Fungi the Dolphin, but a new kind of spirit is continuing the attraction, whiskey.

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Dingle Distillery was the first of the next generation of Irish Whiskey Distilleries to release it’s own whiskey to much acclaim.

Bottles of the early batches now go for crazy money on the secondary market.

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The latest offering, Batch 4, is of a far larger production run that will hopefully see the whiskey available on a worldwide scale.

Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way set in the stunning scenery of County Kerry, Dingle Distillery is a must see for any fan of Irish Whiskey.

Contact Casks Away for a journey of discovery into Dingle Whiskey,  the fabulous seascapes of the coastal distillery, and a glass or two in nearby Dick Mack’s Pub & Brewhouse.

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All images courtesy of Dingle Distillery and Dick Mack’s twitter sites here and here.

Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey

Chapel Gate aren’t a distillery.

They are whiskey bonders.

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,

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JJ Corry Flintlock & Gael Whiskey

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.

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All images courtesy Chapel Gate Whiskey website here.

Blacks Brewery And Distillery, Kinsale

Blacks Of Kinsale are synonymous with producing a fine range of heavily hopped IPA beers.

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Blacks Of Kinsale beers.

They also have a distillery producing a varied range of spirits which have included Moonshine, Gin and Rum.

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Blacks Irish Gin & Spiced Irish Rum

They have recently experimented with whiskey too.

But in the meantime, as many others do while their own stock matures, have released a sourced 12 year old single malt.

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Blacks Irish Whiskey

If the liquid inside tastes as cool as it looks I’m sure it will be a stunner.

Casks Away looks forward to future releases from this innovative and enterprising brewery/distillery company.

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All images courtesy of Blacks Of Kinsale website and social media.

 

 

 

Bushmills Distillery

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,

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Black, Original & Red Bush Blends

A selection of age statement single malts,

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Bushmills Single Malts

and under current owners, Mexican drinks giant Jose Cuervo, a travel retail exclusive range of cask finished single malts.

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Bushmills Steamship Range.

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.

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All images courtesy Bushmills Distillery websites & social media.

 

 

The Boatyard Distillery

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.

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Boatyard Gin & Vodka

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.

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istill set up at The Boatyard Distillery

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.

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Boatyard Whiskey maturing beside Lough Erne

Casks Away looks forward to visiting this innovative distillery with you.

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All images courtesy The Boatyard Distillery social media here.

Boann Distillery

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.

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The Whistler whiskey range.

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.

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Boyne Brewhouse Beers.

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!

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Images courtesy of Boyne Brewhouse & Boann Distillery facebook pages here & here.