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Welcome to Blackwater Distillery, Waterford

Blackwater Distillery is situated on the banks of the Blackwater River, just outside Cappoquin in beautiful West Waterford. With an abundance of clean air, fresh water and plump barley, it’s the perfect setting for Ireland’s first craft gin distillery.

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The Evolution of Pot Still Irish Whiskey and Other Myths

Earlier this week you may have seen this tweet: Which just might have something to do with a series of blog posts I wrote on the vexed subject of Pot Still Irish, that historic mixed mash bill whiskey that’s been with us since at least the 18th Century. Then again their blog might just be a […]

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The Heritage Grain Project #1

There are a couple of questions I get asked all the time. What is the difference between Irish and Scotch? Why do Irish whiskies all taste the same? Us whiskey snobs can roll our eyes all we want, but those questions are more valid that you first might think. Remember most American’s believe Irish is […]

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Green Day

This week we had a lot of fun running our first ever batch of green malt. What’s that? Simple, it’s barley that has been malted but not dried. Before the process of whisky making was industrialised, farm distillers would malt their own barley and use it fresh. Barley was soaked in water, then laid out […]

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Pot Still Irish: Our Stolen Heritage #3

This is like a box set, welcome to part III, the story so far can be got here and here. Or the pre-title teaser goes like this: In previous episodes we started to build our case exploring how the Technical File for Pot Still Irish Whiskey which underpins the G.I. was drawn up in 2014 […]

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Pot Still Irish: Our Stolen Heritage #2

Here’s a couple of timely questions that are worth exploring, as they tie into our ongoing work at the distillery. Mark Reynier of Waterford Distillery recently asked a couple of pretty fundamental questions that have been taxing me since I read the original draft of the Technical File. What’s the real traditional flavour of Irish […]

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