IRELAND – Ireland’s craft distillery Gortinore Distillers & Co which is known for its signature Natterjack Whiskey & Four Toad Black Bourbon whisky brands is investing approximately US$8 million to construct a new whisky distillery in Ireland’s Waterfood County.
The distiller made the announcement on its Facebook page, revealing that it had been granted planning approval to renovate the site into a whiskey distillery and visitor centre.
According to a Facebook post by the company, the company plans to break ground on the distillery next year, which is located at the site of The Old Mill in Kilmacthomas.
Gortinore Distillers said: “We are delighted to say that we have been granted planning approval for a distillery to be built at the site of The Old Mill in Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford.
“It has been a long process, but big plans deserve big consideration and we are honoured to be taking this stunning piece of history on its next adventure.”
The site where the new whisky distillery will be located has a long history dating back to the 1850s when premises were set up as a woollen mill making blankets.
Later in 1920, the site became part of Flahavan’s Irish porridge oats family and now its being renovated and will become the new home of Gortinore Distillers & Co.
Following restoration, the site will house three traditional copper pot stills and ageing whiskey casks.
Once developed, the company anticipates to welcome 500 visitors to the site in year one.
In full capacity, Gortinore expects the new facility to produce 1 million bottles of whiskey per year.
The craft whisky distillery also anticipates to create 15 full jobs both in operations and in manning the visitor centre.
In the 19th century, Irish Whisky was one of the most consumed alcoholic beverages in the world.
However, a number of factors including Irish War of Independence, and the civil war that followed, a trade war between the UK and Ireland significantly affected the Irish whisky industry reducing it into a shell of its former self.
Recent years have however seen the renaissance of the Irish Whisky and a number of craft whisky industries such as Gortinore are once again opening signalling hope that Irish whisky will one time reclaim its glory in the whisky category of alcoholic beverages.
“It is hard to deny that Irish whiskey is on the rise, both at the macro and micro level of the industry. More whiskey is being produced and more distilleries are opening up to produce it,” says James Doherty, of Sliabh Liag distillery in Donegal
With the developments going on the sector, will Irish whiskey return to supremacy in the spirits’ market? only time will tell.
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