What visits will 2020 bring?

31 December 2019

I stated the other day I had visited 53 distilleries in 2019, but later realised I had not added Tullamore to my timeline so I have actually visited 54.

I have started planning my visits for 2020 and, based on current plans, I will be visiting distilleries in the following regions:

  1. South Carolina
  2. North Carolina
  3. Tennessee
  4. Kentucky
  5. Scottish Islands
  6. Campbeltown
  7. Islay

As I travel around, I also hope to pick up a few distilleries in the following countries:

  1. England
  2. Republic of Ireland
  3. Northern Ireland

The majority of the distilleries will be whiskey or rum, but there may be a few other types sneak through.

2019 Distillery Tours – The Perfect 10s

6 December 2019

In 2019 I have visited 53 distilleries across five countries. The quality of tours has been somewhat mixed, but I thought as we come to the end of the year, I’d highlight those which scored a perfect 10.

I’ve done a mix of tours over the year, from the standard 40 minute mass-tourist tour to the in-depth tour for the real enthusiast. My ratings are based on the type of tour and how well it meets it’s market.

This does mean that an in-depth tour which doesn’t compare to the best of it’s competitors in that market won’t be included, even though it might be a better tour than one aimed to the mass market, whereas the mass-market one will be included if it exceeds expectations for its market.

Over the coming days, I’ll be doing a post per distillery which met my criteria this year for a perfect 10 rating.

2019 Distillery Tours - The Perfect 10s
2019 Distillery Tours - The Perfect 10 in Wales
2019 Distillery Tours - The Perfect 10 in England
2019 Distillery Tours - The Perfect 10s in Scotland
2019 Distillery Tours - The Perfect 10s in Ireland
2019 Distillery Tours - The Perfect 10 in Northern Ireland

Sliabh Liag whiskey distillery gets permission

13 September 2019

In late August, Sliabh Liag announced that they had received permission for the construction of a new distillery in Ardara, Donegal.

Sliabh Liag distillery

According to ,a href=’https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2019/08/sliabh-liag-gets-green-light-for-whiskey-distillery/’>The Spirit Business, construction will begin later this year, with distilling operations expected to commence in 2020.

The site will incorporate a visitor experience covering the history of Poitín and include a tasting bar and shop although there will be no cafe or restaurant, with visitors encouraged to make use of local businesses.

The facility will have the capacity to produce 400,000 litres of pure alcohol annually, which equates to around 1,700 filled casks, and more than 1.2 million bottles of whiskey when sold.

With additional good news for Donegal, the new distillery will create jobs for at least 40 people.