New craft distillery and visitor experience confirmed to open in October
The Dublin Liberties Distillery today confirmed its new craft distillery will open in October creating up to 20 jobs. The announcement was made as three enormous three tonne copper stills arrived at the distillery over the weekend, following a 1,515km journey from Germany to Dublin. The mammoth stills were craned across the Dublin Liberties’ skyline and carefully lowered into the grounds of the distillery to be assembled on site.
Scaling almost eight metres in height and weighing three tones each, the stills will be the beating heart of the new distillery, which will have a production capacity of up to 700,000 litres annually. The three stills were handmade by artisan equipment supplier Carl Destillations & Brauereitechnik of Stuttgart over the course of six months, with over 700-man hours spent on each piece of equipment.
Located at Old Mill Street in Dublin’s Liberties, the distillery development has seen a complete renovation of a 400-year-old building preserving its original architecture and façade. The distillery site will also host a world-class bar and an industry-leading visitor experience, providing an exciting addition to Dublin’s increasingly vibrant whiskey tourism scene, which saw over 800,000 visitors to Irish distilleries last year. It is targetting 125,000 visitors in its first year.
The distillery will focus on producing a range of whiskies, including those catering for the growing global demand for premium and super-premium spirits. Global consumption of super-premium Irish whiskey has increased by more than 12% annually over the last five years. Upon completion in October, production of all the company’s whiskey brands including The Dubliner Irish Whiskey, The Dublin Liberties and The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey will move to The Dublin Liberties Distillery. The Dubliner Irish Whiskey is the one of the fastest growing Irish whiskies globally, with the range of products in The Dublin Liberties and The Dubliner Irish Whiskey portfolios selling in more than 30 countries, achieving sales in excess of 39,000 cases (9L) in 2017
Commenting, Master Distiller at The Dublin Liberties Distillery, Darryl McNally said: “We’re a boutique distillery so we bring a craft sensibility to everything we do, from the design of our building to the making of our whiskeys. We’ve taken care to source the best equipment, which will help ensure we produce the very best premium whiskeys with real character. My vision for the whiskeys made at The Dublin Liberty Distillery is to produce an innovative range of double and triple distilled malts using only the finest ingredients, and local water from our borehole on site. We are effectively bringing Dublin back to where it rightfully belongs at the epicentre of whiskey in Ireland.”
The Dublin Liberties Distillery this week celebrated yet more gold medal wins in some of the top awards in the global drinks industry for its family of whiskeys. Hot on the heels of its gold medal win in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, one of the most prestigious awards in the global spirits industry, The Dubliner Irish Whiskey has won Double Gold in the SIP Awards, the highest award given in the Blended Irish Whiskey category.
There was further success as The Dubliner & Honeycomb Liqueur was awarded Platinum and The Dubliner 10 Year Old was awarded Gold in the competition; one of the only competitions to be judged by consumers from all demographics, providing a true insight into what consumers want.
The Dublin Liberties whiskeys and The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey have also been recognised in top international awards recently; The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey received Gold in the London Spirits Competition and with 93/100, it was one of the top scoring whiskeys from all areas of the world in the Ultimate Spirits Competition. A further three whiskeys made by The DLD – The Dublin Liberties Copper Alley, The Dublin Liberties Oak Devil and The Dubliner 10 Year Old – achieved scores of 92 or above, making The DLD one of the highest scoring whiskey companies in the competition.
Shane Hoyne, Chief Marketing Officer for Quintessential Brands, majority owner of DLD, added: “For too long, the Irish Whiskey industry has been happy to plod along, offering little in the way of character to entice consumers around the world to really consider buying into Irish whiskey. Not any longer – The DLD is going to change all that and show the world that Dublin is the beating heart of the whiskey world today and that the most exciting, characterful whiskeys are being made right here, at the Dublin Liberties Distillery.”
ABOUT QUINTESSENTIAL BRANDS GROUP
Quintessential Brands is an award-winning international spirits company, dedicated to distilling and crafting the world’s best alcohol brands for consumers and customers globally. Pioneering spirits of the industry, inspired since 1761 by their founder, Thomas Dakin, Quintessential Brands Group delivers a diverse portfolio of award-winning, best-selling spirits with unrivalled heritage and craftsmanship.
Founded in 2011 by Enzo Visone, former CEO of Gruppo Campari, and entrepreneur, Warren Scott, Quintessential Brands Group owns world-class manufacturing facilities across Europe including G&J Distillers, the world’s oldest continuous gin distillers; L&L in France, a leading manufacturer of fruit spirits and liqueurs; First Ireland Spirits and the Dublin Liberties Distillery, which is part owned by Stock Spirits and scheduled to open in late 2018. Renowned for its white spirits expertise at G&J Distillers, Quintessential Brands has won International Spirit Challenge Gin Producer of the Year three times and is fast winning a reputation as one of the most exciting new Irish whiskey producers to emerge on the scene.
Quintessential Brands’ award-winning premium brands portfolio includes Greenall’s The Original Handcrafted Gin, BLOOM London Dry Gin, Thomas Dakin Small Batch Gin, Berkeley Square London Dry Gin, and Opihr Gin. Its Irish brands include The Dubliner Irish Whiskey, The Dublin Liberties Irish Whiskey, The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey, Feeney’s Irish Cream Liqueur and O’Mara’s Irish Country Cream. Liqueurs in the portfolio include Alizé and Toussaint Coffee Rum Liqueur. The company is also a leader in contract bottling and own label & private label spirits, working with retail partners across the world to provide unrivalled spirits solutions.