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Press Release from Walsh Distillery 23rd July 2014
About Walsh Whiskey Distillery:
Established in 1999 and based in Carlow in Ireland, the Walsh Whiskey Distillery Company (formerly/incorporating the Irishman Whiskey and Hot Irishman companies) is a leading independent producer of super-premium and ultra-premium, triple-distilled, craft, Irish whiskies.
Demand for the critically acclaimed Irishman Whiskey and Writerṣ Tears brands currently exceeds supply in the 30 countries worldwide where they are distributed. Led by founder Bernard Walsh, and with a strong board of industry veterans, the company has entered a partnership with Illva Saronno to expand the business.
Walsh Whiskey Distillery is in the process of developing a world-class distillery, maturing warehouses and a visitor centre at Royal Oak, Carlow in Ireland that will adhere to the best traditions of Irish whiskey distilling from its halcyon era in the 19th century. The expansion of the business will lead to increased supplies of Irishman Whiskey and Writers Tears brands from 2019 when distribution will increase to over 100 countries including China and India.
The €25 million distillery to be developed at the site at Royal Oak has been granted planning permission and work is to commence in September and construction to be complete by December 2015. The long-term plan envisages a the development of a world-class, independent, craft Irish whiskey distillery; maturation warehouses and a unique visitor experience by the banks of the River Barrow in Royal Oak. The planned distillery visitor centre will cater for 75,000 ‘whiskey tourists’ by 2021.
The expansion will create a total of 55 permanent and part-time jobs in the Carlow area, over 5 years, where the whiskies will be distilled, crafted and aged. In addition, the construction process will provide up to 40 jobs during the 18 month development phase. The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, through Enterprise Ireland, is supporting this project.
The estate includes an 18th century country house that will be restored as part of the development plan. The plan is for the distillery, with capacity to produce 400,000 cases annually, to become operational in 2016. It will have two production lines using both pot stills and column stills which will facilitate Walsh Whiskey Distillery producing all four types of Irish whiskey, namely; pot, malt and grain and blended. The distillery will also have the capacity to distil whiskey under contract for selected private labels most of whom have no means of production
Bernard and Rosemary Walsh created the company Hot Irishman Ltd to blend and bottle the perfect Irish Coffee recipe. The Irishman Irish Cream was introduced in 2005 Combining the 100% Irish Dairy Cream, with the finest 100% premium Irish Whiskey with Natural Flavours of Vanilla and Toffee brought us this Irish owned and Irish produced high quality Irish Cream.
2006 saw signing a of long-term supply agreement with Irish Distillers for distilling and laying down of Irishman whiskey stock.
The launch of The Irishman 70 (aka The Irishman Original Clan in the USA) took place in 2007.
The Irishman Cask Strength limited edition of 1200 bottles was launched in 2008 to great acclaim. This was the first triple distilled Cask Strength Irish Whiskey released in over half a century.
The following year brought Writers tears a boutique brand that captured the attention of whiskey enthusiasts globally. Writers Tears is a Vatting of Pure Pot Still and Single Malt (proportions are a closely guarded secret). Two years later a cask strength Writers tears was added to the portfolio.
In 2012 was the launch of The Irishman 12 Year old of which only 714 bottles were released from 2 first fill bourbon barrels. Due to the limited release, this was only available in Ireland and quickly sold out.
The Irishman Single Malt Irish Whiskey
This is a classic Irish Malt, triple distilled and aged in Oak Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry Casks to give exceptional flavour and complexity. Each batch is limited to a maximum of 6,000 bottles.
The Irishman Cask Strength 53% Irish Whiskey
It is available in strictly limited quantities with on average 2,000 bottles produced each year. Each bottle is uniquely numbered and signed.
The Irishman Founder’s Reserve Irish Whiskey
A blend of two styles, Single Malt and Single Pot Still. The proportions used are 70% Single Malt and 30% Single Pot Still. This is unusual in itself, as it is the only Irish blended whiskey to contain 100% whiskey distillates from the copper pot still and 0% Grain or Column still whiskey.
The Irishman 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Matured in first fill, flame charred Bourbon barrels A maximum of 6000 bottles will be produced each year.