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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Blackwater Irish Whisky

Yesterday the postman dropped off a small brown envelope. Inside was our Brewer’s Licence. Because in order to make Irish whiskey (or indeed Irish whisky) you need to brew before you distil. Now it’s no secret that we plan to make Irish whisky at our new distillery in Ballyduff, but we won’t move in until […]

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Horizontal Horizons: Our New Business Plan

I know April 1st, a dangerous day to do a serious post. So if you’ve come here expecting some elaborate gag, forget about it. This is serious. Last week we told you about our new building. Now we can reveal that Blackwater Distillery is diversifying. We are going to expand horizontally, and position ourselves as a […]

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Blackwater Distillery goes to Ballyduff

Well here at Blackwater Distillery we’ve got our planning permission and we’re on our way to Ballyduff. The idea? To convert a Hardware store built in 1952 into a state of the art micro-distillery, with visitor facilities. So it’s a story in two parts. Currently we are proud to be Ireland’s ugliest distillery, but by […]

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G.I. Blues

To paraphrase an Elvis Presley song from the 1960 movie G.I. Blues ‘Didj’a ever Didj’a ever get Didj’a ever get one Didj’a ever get one of them Didj’a ever get one of them bottles of Irish Gin that wasn’t quite what it appeared to be?’ Well if you did, you probably wouldn’t know, because no […]

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That Irish Boutique-y Gin: Monastic Spirit

This week saw the launch of That Boutique-y Gin Company, with an initial offering of 11 special edition one-off gins. Back in the autumn when we got the call to contribute, not only were we thrilled, but there was just one creation on our mind: our Irish Monastic Gin. Let’s go back in time. All […]

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What we can learn from Scotland’s whisky micros 3

With a proposed distillery popping up almost every week, we get very excited about Irish whiskey. I think that’s mostly down to how low our expectations had sunk. In Scotland where there are already over 100 working distilleries, the newbies have attracted less attention. But the scene here is buzzing. We started our journey at […]

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What we can learn from Scotland’s whisky micros 2

Scotland’s quiet micro whisky revolution can teach the curious a lot, which is why we have spent a week here. Strathearn is quite possibly Scotland’s smallest distillery, the first couple of days here were spent measuring the place up, drinking whiskey and mashing some barley. But next comes the magic bit and at the heart […]

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What we can learn from Scotland’s whisky micros 1

Greeting from Scotland, where we’ve spent a week in the company of some very generous people. I’m talking about the new breed of whisky micro-distillers who over the past few years have opened for business. One of the first of this new breed is Strathearn. Based just outside Perth, Strathearn was the brain child of […]

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What are Words Worth?

Words are interesting things. Their power lies in their ability to impart so much more than information. Nowadays you can no longer go to The Point in Dublin, it’s The 3 Arena or who ever has just paid for the naming rights. So words have a value, they are a commodity to be bought and […]

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