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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An Open Letter to our New Government

Hello there! First of all welcome and as any electorate get what they vote for, like it or not you are a fair reflection of what we want. Now I know there’s loads of stuff to sort like the Health Service, the Economy and how to submit your expenses, but when all that is done […]

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Pitch & Putt, Putt, Putt

FADE UP On Monday we slipped into February and into our second year in business with exactly no ceremony. I think I did our monthly Revenue stock take. At the time I didn’t know it, but it was a silent breath of a day before a totally breathless week. By Tuesday with the floor swept, it […]

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What a Difference a Year Makes…

It’s a year since our first distillation. Kieran immortalised the date in chalk. It was bitterly cold the morning we fired up Odin, and the first spirit to be distilled in Waterford in 175 years dripped from the still. That spirit went on to be our one-off Poteen which won a Silver at the International Wine & Spirit Competition. So here […]

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Hello 2016!

Happy New Year. And what a year 2016 is shaping up to be. Well these are some of our plans, most probably we won’t tick all the boxes but it’s good to have something to aim for. Blackwater Distillery was always conceived of as a three phase project. Phase 1, to get a white spirits […]

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Good Bye 2015

Well that was a busy year and here we are – New Year’s Eve, time to take stock. We have just put 10 months trading behind us and it’s been a solid year. We made plenty of mistakes, but overall we got more things right than wrong. We did three collaborations, the last one was with Gypsy […]

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