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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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2019: The Year of Living Dangerously

Welcome to 2019. We started this adventure back in 2014, it’s taken longer than we initially thought to get here, but here we are; in our new distillery and producing Irish Whisky. With the build out of the way there’ll be more time for coffee and blogging, so expect more blogs, more opinions and more […]

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Wanted: Distiller at Blackwater Distillery

We are hiring. This just might be the most exciting distilling job in Ireland. Distiller: Blackwater Distillery Blackwater Distillery has already made a name for itself as a producer of innovate and award-winning gins. Now we are moving to a new home and starting the production of Irish Whisky and that’s where you come in. […]

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Ballyduff: An Unexpected Journey

It’s been a while since we last spoke, but the Ballyduff project is going well. I had intended weekly updates on the new distillery build, but life, gin and concrete got in the way. For many reasons this has been an unexpected journey. The destination we had long known; a new micro-distillery, a home, a place […]

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Retronaut: Fit the First

Retronaut On 23rd October 2017 building work finally began on our new distillery in Ballyduff, Co Waterford. It felt like a long time coming, in truth it was just over three years since I started working full-time. We will spend over one million euro on the building which is due to open in the summer of […]

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The Blackwater River, our Home in West Waterford

Work starts on our new distillery on the banks of the Blackwater river this October and of course we will bring you updates, photos and videos are the project unfolds. But let’s start with something of a mood setter. Here in the Blackwater valley, autumn has started to nibble at the trees. So in the […]

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Post-Recession Blues Vs Hope in Ballyduff

With all the speed of a great ice sheet, progress in Ballyduff where we are converting an old hardware store into our new distillery, continues at a glacial speed. Most of the ‘stuff’ has now gone, leaving behind skip loads of broken bits and bust bobs. But if you did have a time lapse camera, you would […]

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Single Batch Irish Whisky is Coming

Small Batch Vs Single Batch So what does ‘Small Batch’ actually mean? To be honest it means whatever the hell you want it to mean. Which is why we’ve come up with a whole new concept – Single Batch. So what’s ‘Single Batch’? Simple. Each 50 litre cask of new make spirt starts life as […]

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Celebrating Rear Label Fiction in Irish Whiskey

We were thrilled this week to read that as and from 2018 the Booker Prize for Fiction will be extended to include the rear label of Irish Whiskey bottles. It’s a real vote of confidence in the industry and we are tingling with anticipation, as right now we are working on our own rear label. […]

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Daft Punk: Craft and how to lose it

Apart from badly knitted tea-cosies, I have no idea what constitutes ‘craft’. Even putting the word in inverted commas doesn’t help. What I do know is that nowadays the word craft is most associated with beer. Next spirits. After that who knows, perhaps tea cosies? But maybe not knowing what craft is, is the whole […]

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