Per 3/6/19

Clonakilty distillery in West Cork was officially opened, since yesterday visitors are welcome and public distillery tours are running. Not few visitors are expected at the distillery on the south coast of Ireland: one would like to lead 35,000 visitors through the 10-million-euro-distillery each year and inspire them for Irish whiskey.

This sounds ambitious, but founder and CEO Michael Scully is in good spirits. Irish whiskey is booming and with Clonakilty the number of active whiskey distilleries in Ireland has risen to 23 as the Irish broadcaster reports. In 2013 there only had been four.

35 employees will ensure whiskey production as well as the operating visitor center. The local community and high politics are also happy about the newly created jobs: Simon Coveney himself, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, opened the Clonakilty Distillery.

In the future, triple distilled single pot still whiskey will be produced, and the grain for that will grow in the fields of the Scully Farm. Clonakilty already bottles whiskey, which of course was produced in another distillery. The own whiskey of Clonakilty Distillery will take some years to be matured.




Clonakilty Distillery founders, the Scully family, have farmed by this coastal land for eight successive generations. A commitment to both heritage and innovation has led us to revive ancient malting barley varieties. Privileged to be guardians of these scarce grains, we will patiently nurture them to create a range of whiskies that honors this unique inheritance.


Our fields at the base of Galley Head Lighthouse are the perfect environment to nurture and grow the finest of crops. Centuries of sea mist, soft rain and ocean spray provide a complexity to the soil that permeates right through to each individual grain.

Our Atlantic Ocean warehouse is ideal for maturing the finest of whiskies. Pure clean air, transported across thousands of miles of the Atlantic, provides a freshness unspoilt by human intervention. It is ever-changing – from wild Atlantic storms, to tranquil sea mist and soft rain. In this micro-climate, a whiskey will only rest for a short while before interacting with the wood and the angels to develop a unique and distinct maritime character.

The water we use to cut our spirit is drawn deep from within the untouched rock formations by our ocean cliffs, naturally filtered through layers of Sandstone and Baryte. Cold unadulterated freshness, generously gifted by Mother Nature herself. This pure and special water source enhances the quality and flavour of every single drop.

*From distillery webite 10 Sept 2017


IWSA Notes:

Location: Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland

Founder(s): Michael and Helen Scully, Padraic Coll.

Year Founded: 2016

Construction Start: August 2017

Date of First Production: Mid 2018 (estimated)

Capacity:  100,000 cases per year

Style: Gin, Single Pot Still, Single Malt

Tours: When completed, the distillery will be a major attraction in the Clonakilty town center. With distillery tours, shops, café. Also, the exterior courtyard will host entertainment and town events.

History/Back Story/Facts:

  • Grain for spirits will be grown on the property of Michael and Helen Scully. Located along the shore of the Wild Atlantic Way at Galley Head Lighthouse in County Cork

  • New make whiskey will be matured in local, purpose built storehouse near the light house and grain fields.

  • While their own whiskey is maturing, will be marketing a branded blend of 7 year olf grain and 10 year old malt whiskey finished in Port casks.

  • Clonakilty Gin should be available in the US in NY and Florida around February 2018

Clonakilty Distillery

The Waterfront


West Cork, Ireland

51 37`17.21 N

8 53`10.37 W

T: +353 23 884 0635


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