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Welcome to Blackwater Distillery, Waterford

Blackwater Distillery is situated on the banks of the Blackwater River, just outside Cappoquin in beautiful West Waterford. With an abundance of clean air, fresh water and plump barley, it’s the perfect setting for Ireland’s first craft gin distillery.

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Green Day

This week we had a lot of fun running our first ever batch of green malt. What’s that? Simple, it’s barley that has been malted but not dried. Before the process of whisky making was industrialised, farm distillers would malt their own barley and use it fresh. Barley was soaked in water, then laid out […]

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Pot Still Irish: Our Stolen Heritage #3

This is like a box set, welcome to part III, the story so far can be got here and here. Or the pre-title teaser goes like this: In previous episodes we started to build our case exploring how the Technical File for Pot Still Irish Whiskey which underpins the G.I. was drawn up in 2014 […]

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Pot Still Irish: Our Stolen Heritage #2

Here’s a couple of timely questions that are worth exploring, as they tie into our ongoing work at the distillery. Mark Reynier of Waterford Distillery recently asked a couple of pretty fundamental questions that have been taxing me since I read the original draft of the Technical File. What’s the real traditional flavour of Irish […]

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Pot Still Irish: Our Stolen Heritage Part 1

Ah Pot Still Irish whiskey, that historic mix of malted, ummalted barley and other grains that’s uniquely Irish, I mean what’s not to love? Redbreast carries the standard, it’s a bloody fine whiskey, possibly the best Irish out there. Green Spot (along with yellow and red), again Single Pot Still Irish whiskeys and again awesome. […]

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Single Malt Whiskey: steady as she goes

Since 2014 Irish Whiskey has enjoyed the protection of a European Union GI. There’s a rule book or Technical File which lays out how Irish Whiskey (Single Malt, Pot Still Irish, Grain and Blended) is made. We’ll look at all categories in turn, but let’s start with the least controversial, Single Malt. When the GI […]

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