Top 10 new Irish whiskey distilleries13th January, 2016 by Amy Hopkins
There are now 32 new or proposed distilleries across Ireland – we take a look at those set to shake up one the most exciting areas of the spirits industry, Irish whiskey.
The modern Irish whiskey sector has long-been sustained by just four leading distilleries: Cooley, Bushmills, Kilbeggan and, of course, Midleton, the home of Jameson. While there is a broad spectrum of Irish whiskey brands available, all liquid has, until now, been supplied under contract from these sites.
Over the past two years, demand for Irish whiskey has soared, prompting a number of distillers and entrepreneurs to invest in creating facilities of all varieties and scales.
Trade body the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has recently created an infographic charting the rapid growth of the industry – 10 distilleries have commenced production of Irish whiskey in the last year or so, while plans are in motion to open an additional 22.
As such, the IWA released a new strategy last year that forecast Irish whiskey’s ability to grow global market share by 300% over the next 15 years.
“Having been distilled in Ireland since the 6th century, Irish whiskey is one of the oldest spirit drinks in Europe,” said Miriam Mooney, head of the IWA. “It is a premium product that can only be made on the island of Ireland.
“The existing players have driven the global renaissance in Irish whiskey and now it is the fastest growing spirits category in the world. Irish whiskey has carved out its own niche in the global spirits market, relying on the traditional craft of Irish distilling and authentic heritage, underpinned by high-quality whiskey with a distinctive taste and broad appeal.”
Just today, Bord Bia revealed that Irish whiskey is boosting Ireland’s export industry, with overseas sales up 10% year-on-year in 2015.
Click through the following pages to discover our selection of the top 10 new and planned Irish whiskey distilleries.
To see our selection of Ireland’s new Irish whiskey distilleries published in 2014, click here.