Old Carrick Mill, Monaghan

On my journeys around Ireland it always amazes me discovering new whiskey ventures.

Ventures like Old Carrick Mill in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan.

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Currently producing Old Carrick Mill Small Batch Irish Gin, they have installed some shiny new copper pot stills and will be distilling their own whiskey soon!

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They are offering fans & followers the opportunity to purchase the first casks off the stills here.

Casks Away looks forward to tasting that matured whiskey, as well as escorting visitors to the doors of Old Carrick Mill for a tour!

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All images courtesy Old Carrick Mill facebook here and twitter here.

Old Carrick Mill 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.

Copeland Distillery

The growth in Irish Whiskey continues unabated with almost weekly news of distilleries opening, or in Copeland Distillery’s case, planned.

Based in the seaside town of Donaghadee in Northern Ireland, Copeland have already being releasing a series of well respected gins in a variety of flavours.

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Expected to be open by summer 2019, Copeland Distillery will initially concentrate on gin production, but the longer term plans are to make Irish Whiskey.

Casks Away wishes all involved with the project future success and looks forward to toasting the company with a glass of Donaghadee made whiskey.

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All images courtesy of Copeland Distillery twitter site here.

 

Clonakilty Distillery

If your’re going to build a distillery you might as well build it in a glass fronted statement building that shows off the gleaming copper of your pot stills.

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If your going to release a whiskey you might as well release a clutch of attractively labelled and tasty spirits that will grab attention.

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If you’re going to build a distillery you might as well build it in the stunning scenery of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Because that’s exactly what Clonakilty Distillery have done.

Isn’t it about time you visited Clonakilty Distillery by letting Casks Away take you there?

 

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All images courtesy of Clonakilty Distillery website and social media accounts.

Cape Clear Distillery

Planning permission to build a whiskey distillery on the Island of Cape Clear off the South West Coast of Ireland was granted in 2016.

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Flying the flag for Inis Cléire, Cape Clear.

Building works are now proceeding and can be followed on Cape Clear Distillery’s website here as well as their social media sites.

Gin stills are on order and will hopefully be in place for a release later this year.

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Dún An Óir Irish Whiskey

The whiskey will take a little longer, although designs for both bottles are already on show.

Cape Clear is accessed by boat from Baltimore, County Cork, and is a wonderful attraction on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Casks Away looks forward to future updates from this Island venture adding as it does to the rich tapestry of Irish Whiskey.

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All images and video courtesy Cape Clear Distillery

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.

 

 

Boyle Distillery

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.

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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.

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Images courtesy of Shannonside.ie & Stewart’s Mill Distillery Boyle here.