Junipalooza!

What is Junipalooza? Well it’s organised by The Gin Foundry, held in London and it’s probably the best gin festival in the world. There’s no corporate carve up, no brand managers and no dolly birds. It’s where gin fans get to talk to distillers, and distillers get to talk shite. For hours on end. This was […]

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Jenifer Juniper, La La La La La . . .

‘Jennifer Juniper, sitting very still Is she sleeping? I don’t think so Is she breathing? Yes, very low…’ Donovan Very slowly indeed . . . For 30 days and nights, in a cool warehouse in West Waterford, our juniper cask slumbered. And over that time the wood left a gentle impression on the spirit within. We’ve […]

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L6

Welcome to batch 6 of Blackwater No5 Gin which was distilled just after Easter 2015. It was (for Ireland) a warm spring day, but as far as the inside of the distillery was concerned it was still mid-January! The great thing about spring light is it’s direction and warmth. It’s low and sharp which makes for […]

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Poteen

On a warm Tuesday in early April, we bottled the first spirit ever distilled at Blackwater Distillery. It had been in wood for 8 weeks. Interestingly this spirit didn’t start life as an Irish Poteen, because when we fired up the stills on that cold February morning the GI, or bible for this most abused of spirits, hadn’t been finalised. […]

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Our First Whiskey!

Press Release St Booley – The Finest Expression of Irish Whiskey The stills at Blackwater Distillery came to life in February 2015, and just two months later we are thrilled to present St Booley, the finest expression of the distillers art, and our first 10 year old whiskey. Sandwiched between mountain and sea, the soft […]

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Launch!

On Friday 27th March, Minister for State Ann Phelan officially opened Blackwater Distillery. Was the end of the beginning, or the beginning of the end? No one thought to ask. We were having far too much fun. Although we had planned to be open for Christmas, it was February before we were distilling and March before we were […]

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Gintastic!

At last! Let me rephrase that. At long bloody last! Yes the gin is flowing, orders are being filled and folk are enjoying Blackwater No.5 Gin. The first gin hit the shops on Friday, but we were too knackered to party. Remember we don’t just make the gin here, we bottle and label it on […]

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Double Black

‘What this?’ Holds up bottle and reads label. ‘Double Black a vodka distilled from an IPA?’ ‘Yes. It’s a hopped vodka.’ ‘Stop right there – you took an IPA brewed by Black’s of Kinsale and then what? You distilled it?’ ‘That’s why it’s called Double Black. 800 litres of IPA turned up on a pallet one morning, it would have […]

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Expect the Unexpected

Well around now our gin should have been in shops all across the country. Then came the crash. Before it could get up, our bottling line went down. Yes, it would be simpler to farm out the entire thing and pretend we made it ourselves, but where would the fun be in that. Our gin should […]

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02

In the beginning there was 01  – we looked and thought it was good, so on the seventh day we created… 02. If distilling an unhopped Oatmeal Stout from the Dungarvan Brewing Company was an original way to wet the head of a new distillery, then distilling an IPA is akin to moving straight from crawling to […]

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