We use three distinctive, hand-crafted copper pot stills in the Dingle Whiskey Distillery to create what we believe is the ultimate Irish whiskey. Their special design, incorporating a boil ball, encourages reflux and has much to do with the remarkable smoothness and purity of our spirit. We also have a small swan neck pot still for crafting small batches of artisan gin and vodka. The Dingle Distillery has grown out of The Porterhouse Brewing Company which opened Ireland’s first brewpub in Dublin in 1996 and which spearheaded the now thriving craft brewing movement in Ireland.
The company’s independent spirit was underlined by the challenge which faced that first brewpub in a market completely controlled by big brands. We were told that our task was impossible, but there are now six (Porterhouse) pubs, specialising in real beers, in Dublin, Cork, London and New York. Again, we appear to be at the forefront of a minor revolution in that the Dingle Whiskey Distillery is the first of what appears to be – and we certainly hope will be – artisan distilleries throughout the island of Ireland. The distillery itself was created in 2012 in the old sawmills on the Milltown Road just on the fringe of Dingle.
The Dingle Whiskey Distillery
The Dingle Whiskey Distillery is not in the business of creating mega-brands, nor do we distill for anyone else. Our scale is modest, our approach to what we make is essentially artisan and we have rekindled the tradition of independent distilling in Ireland. Two hundred years ago, this small island had over a hundred officially recognised distilleries; by the turn of this century there were two.
When the first spirit trickled from the stills here in November 2012 it represented a milestone in the history of distilling in Ireland, and now our unique Dingle Whiskey continually matures in the mild, moist climate of Ireland’s south-west coast while those first spirits are bottled into a magnificent single malt whiskey. You can also enjoy the fruits of our labours in the form of Dingle Original Gin and Dingle Distillery Vodka.
Dingle Distillery Tours
The Dingle Distillery welcomes visitors to enjoy a tour of our facility where the entire production process, for all our products, are explained and a gin/vodka sample is provided. Our distillery tour will give you an introduction into Irish whiskey and into the Dingle Distillery.
Dingle is famed for its hospitality and this is seen no better than in the Dingle Distillery. We pride ourselves on an excellent tour that brings you into the heart of the distillery.
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