More than 20 new jobs have been created at the development and An Tánaiste, Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade Simon Coveney TD officially opened the new distillery by closing the still door and commencing spirit production.
Production of the distillery’s whiskey portfolio – including award-winning brands ‘The Dubliner’ and ‘The Dublin Liberties’ – has now commenced under Master Distiller Darryl McNally. Both brands currently sell in more than 30 countries with sales of over 37,000 cases last year.
The new distillery site has capacity for over two million bottles of Single Malt a year and boasts a world-class cocktail bar and an industry-leading visitor experience, adding to Dublin’s increasingly vibrant whiskey tourism scene which saw over one million visitors to Irish distilleries and whiskey experiences in 2018.
The visitor experience will be able to accommodate up to 80,000 visitors in its first year.
The development of the new distillery – the 22nd to be commissioned in Ireland – has seen a complete renovation of a 400-year-old building in the heart of Dublin’s Liberties district, preserving its original architecture and façade which features a unique natural spring water source on-site too.
Speaking at the launch Simon Coveney TD said, “Government is fully committed to supporting Irish Whiskey’s continued growth, working with the industry to further expand exports”.
The Dublin Liberties Distillery is majority owned by the Quintessential Brands Group in partnership with Stock Spirits (which owns 25%).
The distillery team has also revealed a new Cask Programme, offering whiskey enthusiasts the opportunity to purchase casks of Single Malt produced at the distillery. For a “significant sum” they can witness its development from new make spirit to full maturity and own these exclusive whiskies.
The first distillation will see 150 casks of Single Malt produced, each of which will be numbered and sold with prices reaching €150,000 for the first cask filled.