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Time to Expand

I’ll get to the point. Early in 2016 Blackwater Distillery will crowdfund our new still.   A still is of course the sexy piece of the jigsaw puzzle and sounds better than ‘we will crowdfund the pipework’, or ‘crowdfund a couple of stainless steel tanks’. Either way we will take it to the crowd to […]

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Our New Family

It’s eight months since we launched Blackwater No.5 Gin, so time enough to add to the family – so say hello to Blackwater Copper Pot Still Vodka and Blackwater Juniper Cask Gin.   Blackwater Copper Pot Still Vodka is what you’d imagine: clean, bright and every so slightly sweet. When we load the still, we add a small quantity […]

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Brand new Brand

We’ve been a bit busy recently running around the place. With trade shows in Berlin and London, then on to Dingle for the Irish Food Awards and Dublin for the Irish Whiskey Awards (IWA). We even picked up a couple of gongs en route. In Dingle we won LEO Best company in Waterford, and a gold for Blackwater No.5 […]

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So you want to set up a distillery? Part 3

The most valuable thing in your distillery won’t be the still. It won’t even be the spirit you make. It will be as intangible as the wind and more valuable than gold. But it’s something that all too often those starting a distillery leave too late. I am talking about ‘brand’, about your Trade Mark. […]

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So you want to set up a distillery: Part 2

Yesterday we had a primer. Today let’s stick with opening a gin distillery. If you want to make whiskey it’s safe to assume you know what you are doing, as the cost and time-frames involved are enough to put off all but the insane. Gin however is another matter and right now it’s all rather […]

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So you want to set up a distillery? Part 1

Really? At Blackwater Distillery we get calls at least on a weekly basis from people wanting to set up a distillery. Nothing wrong with that and we are happy to talk, after all others helped us. But of late we are getting a lot of what I call ‘taxi driver buying real-estate in Spain’ calls. […]

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Poteen: The Spirit of Ireland

This week a car load of unannounced German tourists turned up looking for a tour. Here two things need explaining, firstly we are not open to the public and secondly we are in quite possibly the ugliest industrial unit in Ireland. As they staggered, blinking towards the door, I could see this was not quite the ‘Irish Distillery […]

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Award Time

Yes it’s the time of the year you dust off you tux, then put it back in the wardrobe because wearing a tux while splashing Hydrox 10 about is a sure way of wrecking a bow tie. Yes it’s award season, or award saison if you are talking about beers. The first of the big daddies is the IWSC, that’s International […]

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Seven Month Itch

Way back in February we started life wrapped up against the cold in one of the most attractive industrial units in all of Ireland. Now here we are in July and you could say that not much has changed. It’s still cold and the building is as attractive as ever. However quite a lot has changed. In […]

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Blackwater Goes Radikale

At Blackwater Distillery we like to innovate. So as well as turning beer into vodka and water into wine (ok, that one isn’t true) – we also play with wood. So to speak. Over the past few months we have trialed several wood aged gins, some have been so awesome we are going to release them, […]

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