Top 10 new Irish whiskey distilleries

13th January, 2016 by Amy Hopkins

Waterford Distillery (new)

Mark-Reynier-Waterford-DistilleryOpened: December 2015

One of the most talked-about openings of an independently owned Irish whiskey distillery in recent years was that of Waterford Distillery. Spearheaded by former Bruichladdich MD and Scotch whisky innovator Mark Reynier, the distillery celebrated its first trial spirit run in December and is now embarking on a project to create the “most profound” Irish whiskey in the industry.

The site is based in South East Ireland at the Waterford Brewery, formally used by Diageo to make Guinness, and is operated under Reynier’s new company, Renegade Spirits. Featuring two pot stills and one column still, the distillery is able to produce both malt and grain spirits, but Reynier said his focus will be on single malt, and currently has no plans to produce grain liquid.

Waterford’s whiskey will be a single malt made using barley sourced from 46 different Irish farms, five of which are organic – with a total of five different strains grown on 19 distinctive soil types, something Reynier claims is “unprecedented” in the sector.

5 Responses to “Top 10 new Irish whiskey distilleries”

  1. R Biebrich says:

    What about the new Teeling Distillery in Dublin

  2. A Martin says:

    Don’t see how you can ignore the Teeling Whiskey Distillery or The Great Northern Distillery in Dundalk both of whom are in full production compared to some of the 10 who haven’t had a sod turned on their products. Very Strange

  3. Alan martin says:

    Fair enough

  4. Shane O Sullivan says:

    What about the West Cork Distillery in Skibbereen, Cork. Great local business expanding with a fantastic Whiskey portfolio. Also, in FULL PRODUCTION. Not mentioned in either article?

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