Irish Whiskey West Region
The west of Ireland is wild and rugged, with the picture-postcard cliffs and Atlantic waves that typify the island in so many people’s eyes. Its whiskey is now looking to be added to that image.
Though the least populated region of the country its remoteness has always meant it had a fondness for distilling, whether legal or not. Though the colourful history of poitín making is what may have kept the concept of distilling alive in many parts of the west, the new distillers seeking to put the region on the map are from amateurs.
Tullamore DEW is the most well known of these with owners William Grant investing €25 million in a new state-of-the-art distillery to bring the whiskey back home, but other than that the region is defined by its nascence. The Dingle Distillery, located on one of Ireland’s most scenic peninsulas was one of the first, with its first whiskey casked in 2012. They have been followed by West Cork Distillers, who have sought to bring huge innovation into their range as well as Nephin Distillery and Spade and Bushel Distillery in Mayo.
Despite it not having a range of older expressions (apart from Tullamore) to point to these new distilleries in the west of Ireland are also free from any of the shackles that may hold back more traditional distillers. Expect them to be leading the way in terms of processes and expressions as Irish whiskey moves onward and upward.