As 200 guests looked on, the founders of the independent Walsh Whiskey Distillery, Bernard & Rosemary Walsh, today turned the sod at Royal Oak, County Carlow in Ireland (1 hour from Dublin) as construction commenced on their €25million world-class, craft Irish whiskey distillery by the banks of the River Barrow.
Located on an 18th century estate comprising 40 acres of pastoral land, the distillery will be the largest independent whiskey distillery in Ireland. Its two production lines, using both pot stills and column stills, will give Walsh Whiskey the capacity to produce 500,000 cases (two million litres of pure alcohol (LPA’s) or 6 million bottles) of whiskey annually. The ceremony was also attended by 12 of Walsh Whiskey’s international distribution partners from Britain, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland & The United States of America.
Once commissioned, in early 2016, the distillery will produce Walsh Whiskey’s critically acclaimed, award winning, ultra-premium Irish whiskey brands – The Irishman and Writer’s Tears. The distillery will be unique as the only distillery in Ireland to produce all three types of Irish whiskey in one still house, namely – pot, malt, grain.
The development will also include two maturation houses with capacity for 60,000 barrels and a visitor experience, incorporating the 18th century Holloden House, which will cater for 75,000 ‘whiskey tourists’ by 2021.