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Slane

 

​Note from the distiller
 

Founders / owners: 
Founded in 2015 by Brown-Forman in partnership with the Conyngham family   

 

Year distillery founded:  2015   

 

Construction Start / Completion date:  Started 2015 and completed in 2017
 
Date of first production:  The first cask of on site distilled spirit was filled on August 27th, 2018 by Alex Conyngham and Lord Mount Charles.
 
Capacity at full production:  600,000 cases  
 
Style of whiskey:  
Its signature Triple Casked maturation process uses virgin oak, seasoned oak and sherry casks to produce a bold, yet smooth spirit with unique complexity and a more robust flavor than traditional blended Irish whiskeys.
 
A Triple Casked Maturation Process Creates a Signature Flavor For its introductory expression, top quality mature spirits from across Ireland were sourced, including Single Malt and Single Grain whiskeys. They were divided for further aging between three distinct cask types:  
 
1. Heavily toasted, lightly charred virgin oak from Brown-Forman’s cooperage lends toasted oak, vanilla and chocolate notes

2. Seasoned oak that formerly held American whiskey imbues flavors of caramel, plum, butterscotch and banana

3. Oloroso Sherry casks from Spain impart notes of raisin, spice and tree nuts
 
Brands:
 Slane Irish Whiskey  
 
Master distiller (Global Brand Ambassador):
 
Alex Conyngham is Slane Irish Whiskey’s co-founder and Global Brand Ambassador
 
Alex Conyngham spent his early youth in historic Slane Castle that overlooks the newly built Slane Distillery. Long-interested in creating his own Irish whiskey brand, Alex began his career in Irish whiskey in 2000 in Australia where he worked as a brand ambassador for one of the world’s leading Irish whiskey brands. After a few years pursuing interests in other industries, he returned to Ireland in 2008 and developed and launched the Slane Castle Irish Whiskey brand with his father Henry, which they owned until selling Slane Irish Whiskey Ltd. to Brown-Forman in 2015.
 
He is also a founding member of the Irish Whiskey Association. In addition to his whiskey pursuits, Alex has also been heavily involved in farming for years and manages Rock Farm Slane with his wife Carina to provide top quality barley, which it is anticipated will be used at Slane Distillery in the future. As a co-founder and brand ambassador with Brown-Forman, Alex will travel the world as the face and voice of Slane Irish Whiskey, and he will welcome guests visiting the distillery.
 
Tour options/ availability:  

Duration: 1 hour An unfolding story as unique as our smooth and flavourful, triple-casked whiskey, Slane Distillery is housed within the 250-year-old stables of the iconic Slane Castle estate. The new distillery pays homage to the resilient nature of our heritage and the surrounding lands that we call home.  Allow our storytellers to immerse you into our wonderful world of whiskey. The fabrics of the Conyngham family tapestry are carefully woven through an interactive and immersive tour of our state of the art working distillery. Finish the tour in the best way possible, with a taste of our signature triple casked blend, Slane Irish Whiskey.
 
Pricing:   -€18.00 Adults (18+, ID required)  -€10.80 Youth (6-17)  -Free Children (5 and under)
 -€16.20 Seniors (65+, ID required)  -€16.20 Students (18+, ID required)  -Tours offered 7 days a week Visit www.slaneirishwhiskey.com/the-distillery/our-tours/ for additional booking information  
 
History/backstory:

Slane Irish Whiskey is a smooth spirit of natural character with untamed notes of oak and spice from our signature triple casked blend of virgin, seasoned, and sherry casks. Virgin and seasoned casks are raised by hand at the Brown-Forman Cooperages while Sherry casks are provided by way of Spain. The quality of the barrels and mastery of aging and blending results in an exceptionally complex, smooth Irish whiskey worthy of the name. From the whiskey leadership and barrel-raising art of Brown-Forman, the family Conyngham of Slane Castle, and the proud people of Slane Village, this is a whiskey for those living the stories that will be told for generations to come.  
 
Slane is rooted in the history and authenticity of the Brown and Conyngham families and the village and people of Slane, Ireland. This unique story grounds us in authenticity and gives us character to create a relevant, distinct, and special brand.  
 
Slane is in County Meath, 45 minutes north of Dublin and the distillery, castle, and village are surrounded by the scenic and mythical countryside of the Boyne River Valley.
 
The original stable block of Slane Castle, which was constructed over 250 years ago, is now the location of the Slane Irish Whiskey Distillery. We have retained much of the original architecture and features, simply adding a new chapter to the history of an extremely distinguished design. Following more than two years of careful construction and renovations to the stables, the state-ofthe-art distillery is once again the center of work life on the estate.
 
Slane Castle has been the Conyngham home since 1701. The castle is steeped in history and with the river Boyne flowing through the grounds it has a mystical quality.
 
King George the IVth stayed in the castle in 1821. The room he slept in is still known as the King’s Room today.
 
Slane Irish Whiskey’s co-founder and global brand ambassador, Alex Conyngham, spent his early youth in historic Slane Castle, which overlooks the newly built distillery.
 
Long-interested in creating his own Irish whiskey brand, Alex, a founding member of the Irish Whiskey Association, began his career in Irish whiskey in the year 2000 in Australia, where he worked as a brand ambassador for one of the world’s leading Irish whiskey brands.
 
After spending the next intervening years on other pursuits, Alex returned to Ireland in 2008 and
developed and launched the Slane Castle Irish Whiskey brand with his father, Henry. In 2015, Brown-Forman bought the brand from the Cunningham family and created Slane Irish Whiskey.  
 
Interesting notes (barrels, finishing, local grains, water, etc.):
 
A Triple Casked Maturation Process Creates a Signature Flavor For its introductory expression, top quality mature spirits from across Ireland were sourced, including Single Malt and Single Grain whiskeys. They were divided for further aging between three distinct cask types:   1.  Heavily toasted, lightly charred virgin oak from Brown-Forman’s cooperages lends toasted oak, vanilla and chocolate notes 2.  Seasoned oak that formerly held American whiskey imbues flavors of caramel, plum, butterscotch and banana 3.  Oloroso Sherry casks from Spain impart notes of raisin, spice and tree nuts   The whiskeys were then carefully blended to create an exceptionally complex, smooth Irish whiskey with a distinct and memorable flavor profile. In particular, aging in virgin oak is unusual in Irish whiskey. It adds another dimension to the whiskey and makes it a more versatile spirit.   Tasting Notes on an Innovative Spirit Slane Irish Whiskey entices with a color evoking rich toffee. On the nose, complex fruit with drizzles of caramel, butterscotch and vanilla; brown spice and toasted oak. On the palate, it is spicy at first, but quickly sweetened with rich caramel, vanilla and butterscotch atop a deep layer of dried fruit, with a luxurious finish hinting at dried fruit and caramelized sugar. Slane Irish Whiskey can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks or mixed in classic cocktails, given the spicy and woody complexity of the spirit.   A Striking Black Bottle Suggests Something New and Different Slane Irish Whiskey’s striking black bottle represents emerging Ireland, a progressive, dynamic and inclusive country. Black suggests change, something new, much like Slane’s take on its whiskey’s flavor profile. The bottle’s shape evokes the symmetry of Slane Castle and the embossed image of a distinctive hay fork comes from the family motto, “Over Fork Over.”

IWSA Notes

  • Broke ground on the $50 million project in September 2015

  • Approx. 30 minutes northwest of Dublin in  Boyne Valley

  • Distillery is set on the grounds of the legendary Slane Castle.

  • 3 hand-beaten copper pot stills and 6 column stills were crafted by McMillan of Scotland

  • Now available in limited markets in the US 

  • The initial expression will use high quality whiskey from other Irish distilleries which will be finished to Slane’s unique specifications using a triple casked process. 

 

Slane Irish Whiskey,
Slane, Co. Meath