Shortcross Gin maker invests £2.5m to triple capacity

16th March, 2018 by Amy Hopkins

Irish spirits producer Rademon Estate Distillery will triple its production capacity following the completion of a £2.5 million (US$3.5m) expansion.

Fiona and David Boyd-Armstrong with the new copper pot still

The maker of Shortcross Gin, based in County Down, Ireland, will increase its total capacity to more than 50,000-litres of alcohol per annum.

Under the 20-month investment programme, a 10-plate copper column still system for gin production – said to be the “most advance gin still in use in Ireland”– has been installed in a new still house.

Rademon has also installed a 1,750-litre copper pot still, which will increase its capacity for single malt Irish whiskey production by more than 500%. Additional fermentation tanks have also been added to the still house.

The expansion also includes a new visitor centre, bar, gift shop and events space. The visitor centre will join the Irish Whiskey Association’s Irish Whiskey Tourism Trail, which is targeting rapid growth of 1.94m visitors by 2025.

Fiona Boyd-Armstrong, managing director of Rademon Estate Distillery, said: “We are proud to take the next steps towards realising our vision for Rademon Estate Distillery.

“In addition to the increased production capacity, we are thrilled to be able to welcome people to the home of Shortcross, with the opening of our new visitor experience centre.

“We have taken great pride in developing a unique and welcoming space to meet growing consumer demand for the opportunity to learn and experience more about Shortcross Gin and of course, in time, our new single malt Irish whiskey.”

Rademon is planning to release its first single malt Irish whiskey later this year or in early 2019.

Boyd-Armstrong founded Rademon Estate Distillery in 2012 with her husband, David. The distillery is located at the couple’s historic family estate near Crossgar, County Down.

Shortcross Gin was first released in 2014. The product is exported to the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Scandinavia, North America, the Middle East and Australia.

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