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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Here at Blackwater distillery the health and safety of our visitors is of utmost importance to us. In response to the potential spread of coronavirus, we have taken the decision to cancel all of our tours and masterclasses until further notice.

We would like to thank you all for your understanding and look forward to welcoming you to our new distillery in Ballyduff when it is safe to do so again.

THE BLACKWATER DISTILLERY EXPERIENCE

Located within a refurbished 1950s hardware store in Ballyduff village on the banks of the Blackwater River (10 mins from Lismore Castle), our new distillery is renowned nationally and internationally for its innovative, informed and brave approach to creating a diverse range of contemporary Irish spirits that are distilled according to centuries-old techniques.

Our guided tour enables guests to explore our working distillery and discover the ancient art of Irish whisky & gin production. Witness the skill & passion that goes into each of our spirits. Experience first-hand the sound, smell and feel of a fully operational distillery & enjoy a tutored tasting at our gallery bar.

Whether you are interested in whisky, gin or even cocktail making, there is something for everyone on our range of tours.

Guided Distillery Tour & Tasting

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15 Per Person


  • Guided Tour of the distillery including the production areas
  • 1 Blackwater gin & tonic (35ml serve) or Blackwater whisky & mixer (35ml serve)
  • 1 new make whisky tasting (5ml serve)
  • Max 12 people
  • Approx. 45 mins
  • Individuals and groups welcome
  • Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 11am & 2pm (pre-booking essential)

Come and join us at our working distillery, for a behind the scenes tour and tasting! Following a short welcome video, join a Blackwater Distillery guide to learn how centuries-old techniques are used to craft our world class collection of gin, whisky and seasonal spirits. Hear the success story of the maverick personalities behind our distillery including our founder, Peter Mulryan, and Head Distiller, John Wilcox. Enjoy a sample of our distillery’s precious new-make whisky. Afterwards, head to the gallery bar to enjoy a gin and tonic (made from real botanicals!) while overlooking the distillery floor.

Guided tour & ultimate Gin & Tonic Masterclass

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35 Per Person


  • Guided Tour of the distillery including the production areas
  • 1 new make whisky tasting (5ml serve)- optional
  • Gin & tonic masterclass with an expert Blackwater Distillery team member tasting three Blackwater gins, and including a Blackwater gin & tonic (35ml serve)
  • 1 gifted Blackwater Distillery gin miniature bottle (5cl/50ml)
  • €5 discount voucher off a 50cl/500ml bottle of Blackwater Gin (only redeemable on-site)
  • Min 4 max 12 people
  • Approx. 75 mins
  • Individuals and groups welcome
  • Thursdays, 2pm (pre-booking essential)

Following a short welcome video, join a Blackwater Distillery guide and learn how centuries-old techniques are used to craft our world class collection of gin, whisky and seasonal spirits. Hear the success story of the maverick personalities behind our distillery, including our founder, Peter Mulryan, and Head Distiller, John Wilcox. Then meet an expert Blackwater Distillery team member in our gallery bar for a gin and tonic masterclass where you will be taken on a journey through some of Blackwater’s award winning gins. Touch & smell the botanicals and hear the stories behind Ireland’s best range of gins.

This experience includes a miniature gin bottle to take home!

Private Tour & Cocktail Masterclass

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70 Per Person


  • 1 new make whisky tasting (5 ml) – optional
  • Cocktail masterclass with a Blackwater Distillery mixologist mixing 2 full size Blackwater Distillery cocktails (based on available seasonal ingredients)
  • 1 gifted Blackwater Distillery cocktail shaker
  • 1 gifted Blackwater Distillery (5cl/50ml) gin miniature bottle
  • €5 discount voucher off a 50cl/500ml bottle of Blackwater Gin (only redeemable on-site)
  • Min 8 max 12 people
  • Approx. 90 mins
  • Once a month, day may vary (pre-booking essential)

We love cocktails! Here is your chance to get up close and personal with a Blackwater Distillery mixologist and learn how to create your very own cocktails!

Following a short welcome video & tour, you will learn all the secrets of a highly skilled mixologist,  hear the century old stories behind some classic cocktails and discover which Blackwater spirits complement these cocktails best. Then it’s over to you as you mix, roll, shake and create your very own cocktail! This fun-filled and informative experience includes 2 cocktails, plus a goodie bag including a Blackwater miniature gin bottle and personalised cocktail shaker to bring home & impress your friends!

GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • Smoking is not permitted within 300 yards of the distillery. This includes all vapes and e-cigarettes.
  • Our premises are fully wheelchair accessible. If you have any specific access requirements, please contact us in advance and we will do our best to help you.
  • Blackwater Distillery is ideally suited to adults. Children under the age of 8 years old cannot be accommodated.
  • Children aged 9-17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Under no circumstances can children partake in alcohol tasting sessions or master classes.
  • ID will be required and must be presented upon request.
  • The distillery is an industrial setting. Guests must be dressed appropriately. High heels and open shoes are strictly prohibited.
  • This is a working distillery. Noise and heat (especially in summer) are to be expected.

 

For more information:

Tel: +353 (0)58 60732
Email: hello@blackwaterdistillery.ie