This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Sliabh Liag Distillery in Donegal getting planning permission and Skellig six18 distillery to open before the end of the year.

So let’s see what’s happening this week in our Irish whiskey news.

Irish Whiskey News - Aug 29 - 2019 - Sliabh Liag

Sliabh Liag’s Donegal distillery approved

Sliabh Liag Distillers, producers of An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin and The Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey will commence building work on the new €6 million Ardara distillery later this year. Situated at the Show Field in Ardara, the distillery will be able to produce up to 400,000 litres of alcohol each year.

The distillery will primarily produce ‘authentic 19th-century styles’ of heavily-peated, triple-distilled single malt and pot still whiskeys. It will also produce gin, with the company’s An Dúlamán gin still moved from its existing location in Carrick to the new building.

James Doherty, managing director of Sliabh Liag Distillers told in an earlier interview that he hoped for a first distillation date of Christmas Day 2020. The building itself has been designed by Cornerstone Architecture with a ‘mix of contemporary and traditional finishes’ to ‘complement the village of Ardara’.

Irish Whiskey News - Aug 29 - 2019 - Skellig six18

New €10M Micro-Distillery Due To Open Along Ring Of Kerry

Skellig six18 is reportedly set to open a new €10 million mico-distillery along the Ring of Kerry. The micro-distillery, which intends to produce both craft gin and pot-still whiskey, will be operated by June O’Connell, who comes from the area. The 25,833 square foot distillery takes the place of a former sock manufacturing plant, which has been vacant for over 15 years. Before the end of the year, the distillery expects to have opened a gin school, an interim visitor centre and a bottling plant.

The distillery also hopes to have a two-tonne whiskey distillery operating by the end of the year, with its own stock available from the end of 2024. “The whiskey distillery will have the capacity for six casks per day on a single shift and the new facility has planning permission to run a three-cycle shift although it will be some time before we move up to that level,” O’Connell told The Irish Times.

“The initial plan is to produce about 33,000 cases a year and we’ll be maturing it here as well, although we won’t be bottling and selling everything that matures after three years,” she said. O’Connell and the other founders have invested approximately €1.25 million of their own money into the project, and are seeking to raise a further €3 million for the whiskey plant.

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