William Grant & Sons opens €35m Tullamore Distillery

William Grant & Sons' state-of-the-art Tullamore Distillery is one of several successful tourism destinations
William Grant & Sons' state-of-the-art Tullamore Distillery is one of several successful tourism destinations

Tullamore D.E.W celebrates true ‘Parting Glass’ moment as whiskey production returns home after 60 years 

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17 September 2014 | 0

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A new €35 million state-of-the-art whiskey distillery was opened in Tullamore, Co Offaly, today (17 September) by William Grant & Sons Ltd., the independent family owned distiller and owner of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey.

After two years of construction, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine & Defence, Simon Coveney officially opened the new distillery by turning on the spirit safe to let the first spirit flow from the newly installed stills. This milestone marked the return of whiskey production to Tullamore 60 years after the original distillery closed its doors.

The Tullamore Distillery is the first new distillery to be constructed on a greenfield site in Ireland in over 100 years and is one of the most significant investments to date in the resurgent Irish whiskey sector. It is also one of the largest projects undertaken by William Grant & Sons, which currently employs over 90 people in Ireland – in Tullamore, Clonmel and Dublin.

Located on a 58 acre site in Clonminch on the outskirts of Tullamore, the distillery draws on natural spring water from the Slieve Bloom mountains. It will be capable of producing the equivalent of 1.5 million cases of Tullamore D.E.W. annually. Indeed, the new distillery was built to meet the growing international demand for Tullamore D.E.W., which is now the second largest Irish whiskey in the world.

Minister Simon Coveney said: “Irish whiskey is a star of the Irish food and drink industry and the fastest growing spirit on world markets. Today I am again impressed by the confidence of the companies investing €1 billion in Irish whiskey over a period of ten years.”

 

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