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Blather & Twaddle: How to Read a Label

This is a great time of the year to reflect on this, ponder that, and twaddle on about the other. So let’s just do the latter. In 2016 a tsunami of new Irish gins and whiskies have hit the shelves, all looking to be loved, or at least bought once. So to help you dear […]

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Why we love the Craft Drinks Bill 2016

This week saw the publication of The Craft Drinks Bill 2016, which is pretty good news. The fact that the laws governing brewing and distilling in Ireland are not fit for purpose is something I have previously blogged about. So of course we welcome The Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016, as it allows brewers, […]

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Hedgerow Gin the 2016 Vintage

Our Hedgerow Gin started life nearly a year ago on a roadside in West Waterford. In late November 2015 we gathered plump sloes from the Hedgerows in the Blackwater Valley and stuck them in the freezer. Why? Well early in 2016 we added those frozen sloes to a fresh batch of gin. Freezing helps rupture the […]

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Boyle’s Gin is here! So Drink up.

Boyle’s Gin rocks! At Blackwater Distillery we like a gin shaped challenge. So what would happen if we designed a gin using local botanicals for taste, not marketing? Well it worked as Boyle’s Gin won Best Irish Gin at the Irish Whiskey Awards, before it was even released. This is a soft gin where local […]

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Award Time

  Waterford based Blackwater Distillery has added to its trophy cabinet with three major awards from this International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) in London. The Cappoquin company’s flagship Blackwater No. 5 Gin won Silver Outstanding in the Gin & Tonic category and Silver for Best Gin. And there was more good news for their […]

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Wexford Strawberry Gin

This weekend we launch our Wexford Strawberry Gin at the Wexford Food Festival, it’s been a long road… If you have to look at the label to know what ‘seasonal’ gin you are drinking, then it’s not very seasonal is it? So taste not marketing lies at the heart of Wexford Strawberry Gin. So we don’t mention […]

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Business Expansion

We are expanding and not just around the waistline. Stand by for Business Expansion. Blackwater Distillery Phase 1 was white spirits. Box ticked. Now we need business expansion for two reasons: 1 we are out of space 2 we are (finally) ready for Phase 2 – brown spirits and possibly even Phase 3 – tourism. To […]

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AIB/Irish Times Start-up Academy: A Guide

The dust has settled, the award is resting on a shelf and life as Runners-up in the AIB/Irish Times Start-up Academy 2016 is getting back to normal. It was a wild ride. Of the 400 + companies that applied for the AIB/Irish Times Start-up Academy, 11 were send on an 8 week training programme. A business boot-camp […]

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April Showers & Irish Gin

So what have April showers and Irish Gin got in common? Well it’s been a busy month here at Blackwater Towers. We’re in the closing stages of the AIB StartUp Academy, which involves weekly trips to Dublin, day long sessions at The Irish Times and lots of homework. At the end of it all, on 28th […]

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Brand X

In the world of Irish spirits, who would win a fight to the death; brands or liquid? In other words, right now in Ireland, which is more important, what is on the bottle or what is in the bottle? It’s a question that’s been turning like a squeaky wheel in the wind for a while […]

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