Slane Distillery in pictures

22nd February, 2018 by Melita Kiely

Slane-WashbacksOur tour is, for a part, handed over to distillery manager Alan Buckley. As he talks us through the running of the distillery, workmen are busy behind us conducting final tests of the equipment. As we move to take a look at the washbacks, the sound of drilling and hammering fills our ears – the sound of the lids being put atop the additional washbacks in the adjoining room. Slane’s timber washbacks are made form Siberian Larch wood. Buckley explains the fermentation takes between 48-60 hours, creating a wash of around 8.5% abv.

“We will develop our own yeast strain,” says Buckley. “That’s going to be another level of innovation to bring to the project in the future. We might use different yeast for different whiskeys.” Ambitions are high, and Buckley is evidently eager to get distilling under way and plans on running a “sacrificial mash” this week to test the system.

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