Tullamore Dew officially opens €35m distillery

17th September, 2014 by Melita Kiely

William Grant officially opened its new Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey distillery today, marking the return of whiskey production to the site 60 years after the original distillery closed.

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William Grant has officially opened its new €35m Irish whiskey distillery. Photo: Jeff Harvey

Following two years of construction, Simon Coveney TD, Irish minister for agriculture, food, the marine & defence, was given the honour of officially opening the facility by turning on the spirit safe, a few days after its initial planned opening on the halfway day until St Patrick’s Day.

“We are delighted to celebrate the opening of Tullamore Distillery,” said Stella David, chief executive of William Grant & Sons. “This new facility will secure our future production demands for the rest of the century as Irish whiskey embarks on its most exciting chapter yet.

“Tullamore DEW is 185 years old but this is a significant day in its history as the opportunities now open to the brand are unprecedented.

“We are committed to Tullamore DEW and are focused on building the brand and investing for the long-term.”

The new distillery boasts four hand crafted copper stills, which have been designed to emulate the original stills of the old distillery, six brew house fermenters each with a 34,000 litre capacity and warehouse storage for up to 100,000 casks.

The €35 million distillery will be capable of producing up to 1.5 million cases of triple distilled pot still and malt whiskey, double the brand’s current global sales, which currently stand at 850,000 nine-litre cases.

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