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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A Radical Thought

Here’s a radical thought. As craft distillers have more in common with craft brewers and cider makers than with multi-national distilleries – is it time for the producers of Irish ‘craft’ alcoholic products to come together as one pressure group?   Right now we all sit in different parts of the fridge. You know beer on […]

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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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