Slane Distillery in pictures

22nd February, 2018 by Melita Kiely

Ireland’s Slane Distillery is tantalisingly close to commencing production. As the site prepares to switch its still on for the first time, SB took a closer look behind the scenes.


Slane Distillery is set to begin distilling mid-March

It was 2013 when word first reached the drinks industry about plans to build a new €10 million distillery at Slane Castle in County Meath, Ireland.

The castle and its surrounding grounds are steeped in history and have belonged to the Conyngham family since 1703, when major general Henry Conyngham purchased the land where Slane Castle now sits.

But once co-founder Alex Conyngham received planning permission for the distillery, its development soon escalated, and in 2015 Jack Daniel’s owner Brown-Forman made its first move into the world’s fastest-growing spirits category with the acquisition of Slane Castle Irish Whiskey.

Marking the first time the drinks group has built a distillery outside of the US, Brown-Forman committed US$50m to the project and broke ground on building Slane Distillery in September 2015.

Less than two years later, Brown-Forman announced the global launch of Slane Irish Whiskey, a triple-cask expression created using virgin, seasoned and Sherry cask liquid from a third-party producer.

But the distillery is edging ever closer to completion. Last week, SB’s deputy editor Melita Kiely enjoyed a swift trip to Ireland for a first-hand look at the distillery and its visitor centre.

Click through to the following pages for a snapshot SB’s visit to Slane Distillery.

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