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Glendalough

 

The Glendalough Distillery was set up by five friends from Wicklow and Dublin with a deep passion for reviving the heritage of craft distilling in Ireland. In the 18th & 19th centuries there were over 200 licensed distilleries in Ireland and along with countless unlicensed ones produced diverse styles of poitín, whiskey, gin and even absinthe. Until recently that dropped to a small handful. Glendalough Distillery is now part of a revival of this heritage. The idea behind Glendalough Distillery is to make innovative spirits while staying true to the tradition and heritage of our ancestors. Initially we started with the first ever spirit, poitín and since then have moved to whiskey and most recently the release of our seasonal, wild botanical gins.

*From distillery website

http://www.glendaloughdistillery.com/index.php

  • Name: Glendalough

  • Founders / owners: Brian Fagan, Barry Gallagher, Donal O'Gallachoir, Gary McLoughlin, Kevin Keenan

  • Year distillery founded: January 2011

  • Construction Start / Completion date: Completion date: January 2013

  • Date of first production: January 2013

  • Capacity at full production: 20,000 9 litres

  • Style of whiskey: Pot, Single Grain and Single Malt 

  • Other spirits distilled: Gin, Poitin 

  • Brands: Glendalough 

  • Master distiller: Rowdy Rooney 

  • Tour options/ availability: Not available at present - Larger visitor centre project just getting underway. 

  • History/backstory: Ireland first craft distillery. A group of 5 friends who started with Poitin and now offer a range of Whiskeys, Gins and Poitin. Glendalough (the valley of two lakes) is a deep glacial valley nestled in the Wicklow mountains. Glendalough is also renowned for its 6th Century monastic settlement founded by St Kevin, a legendary monk and the man on our bottle. Monasteries like Glendalough were the birthplace of distilled drinks.

  • Interesting notes (barrels, finishing, local grains, water, etc.):

  • Barrels finishes as diverse as local virgin Irish oak to rare Japanese Mizunara, these guys like to keep pushing the boundaries in Irish.

Glendalough 7 Year Old Black Pitts Porter Single Malt

  • Matured in American Bourbon Barrels

    • Wild Turkey, first-fill, charr level 4.

  • Finished in Black Pitts Porter Barrels. 5 Lamps Brewery, Dublin.

    • 7 – 9 Months

    • In their own bonded warehouse

  • 46%, NCF, SM

  • Awards

    • Irish Whiskey Awards Single Malt - Silver 2017

    • Irish Whiskey Masters Single Malt - Silver 2017

    • World Whiskey Awards 2018 Single Malt under 10 yearsGold2018

  • Seven Churches: Inspired by the 7 hard years that St Kevin spent in the wild and the "city of 7 churches" he came to build at Glendalough. Have a look on the bottle, you’ll see 7 silver crosses. These will lead you to each of the 7 churches, should you ever be stirred into going to Glendalough.

  • Price Point: $49.99-$54.99

  • Currently available in MA, RI, NY, NJ, NH, CT, DC, DE, MD, CO and GA. Launching TX, FL, CA by end of 2018.

Glendalough 13 Year Old Mizunara Cask Finished Single Malt

  • Matured in American Bourbon Barrels

    • Wild Turkey, first-fill, charr level 4.

  • Finished in Rare Japanese Mizunara Casks Barrels

    • 7-9 Months

    • In their own bonded warehouse

  • 46%, NCF, SM

  • The first, and only, Irish Whiskey released with a Japanese minuzara finish

  • Awards

    • The Irish Whiskey Masters Single Malt Gold 2017

    • Jim Murray Bible 96/100  2017/18

  • Price Point: $89.99-99.99

  • Currently available in MA, RI, NY, NJ, NH, CT, DC, DE, MD, CO and GA. Launching TX, FL, CA by end of 2018.