Long-awaited Dublin Liberties Distillery opens its doors

Irish whiskey has been awarded Geographic Indication status by the EU after a protracted application process
Irish whiskey has been awarded Geographic Indication status by the EU after a protracted application process

The Irish Whiskey Association this week congratulated Dublin Liberties Distillery on becoming the 22nd operational Irish whiskey distillery on the island of Ireland. The new location officially commenced whiskey distillation on 20 February, and is preparing to welcome up to 80,000 visitors annually.

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26 February 2019 | 0

The new distillery located in Dublin’s Liberties has officially begun trading, opening the doors on a distillery visitor centre which can accommodate up to 80,000 visitors annually.

It marks the fourth Irish whiskey visitor centre to open in Dublin city centre.

The distillery is controlled by Quintessential Brands, an independent international spirits group with a portfolio of premium brands across whiskey, gin and Irish cream liqueur. Head of the Irish Whiskey Association, William Lavelle, congratulated the Dublin Liberties Distillery and Quintessential Brands team led by head distiller Darryl McNally.

“We are delighted to see Dublin Liberties Distillery this week commence production of Irish whiskey,” Lavelle said. “The Irish whiskey industry is growing, and it is particularly special to see Liberties play such a central role in its revival.  The area has a long and proud heritage in whiskey production.”

2018 was another year of exceptional sales growth for Irish whiskey, with global sales exceeding 10.5 million cases. 2018 marked the first year that Irish whiskey sales have broken the 10 million case barrier since before prohibition in the US in the 1920’s.

 

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