Leading US importer Palm Bay International and family owned Walsh Whiskey Distillery, producers of Writers Tears and The Irishman brand whiskies and cordials, are delighted to announce the official opening of Walsh Whiskey Distillery, marking the return of whiskey distilling to the area for the first time in over 200 years.
Walsh Whiskey Distillery is the only independent Irish whiskey distillery producing all three styles of Irish whiskey – pot still, malt and grain from its two production lines using both pot stills and column stills and, at full potential, has the capacity to produce 650,000 cases (8 million bottles) of whiskey annually.
The distillery, which is also designed as a visitor experience, will be open to the public from this July. The tours will also incorporate the 18th century Holloden House (c.1755) in a few years when renovations are complete. A total of 75,000 ‘whiskey tourists’ are expected to visit annually by 2021.
The distillery at Royal Oak will also include two maturation houses with capacity for 60,000 barrels. Work on these buildings will commence in 2017.
“After 17 years in business, the opening of our own distillery is both the fulfillment of Rosemary and my own dreams and a game changing moment for the company. We are now in control of our destiny and have the capacity, variety and relationships to play our part in the continued revival of Irish whiskey which is one of this country’s great traditions.”
– Mr. Bernard Walsh, founder of Walsh Whiskey Distillery
Walsh added, “That we can do this in a place like Royal Oak which is blessed with an abundance of the best natural ingredients as well as being a place of beauty and tranquility is idyllic. We look forward to sharing our whiskeys and Royal Oak with the world.”