Royal Oak

Location and contact details

Location" Location: Royal Oak, Clorusk Lower, Carlow, Ireland
Visitor Visit Type: Vistor Centre
Telephone" Telephone: +353 59 9186653
Email" Email:
Web" Web:
Twitter" Twitter: Royal Oak Distillery (@royaloakwhiskey)

Facts and figures

LocationCo. Carlow
FounderBernard & Rosemary Walsh
Capacity650,000 cases (two and a half million litres of pure alcohol (LPA’s) or 8 million bottles)


Royal Oak Journey


From grain to glass, this educational and entertaining, fully guided tour is the perfect beginning to your whiskey journey. Get a behind the scenes look at how Irish whiskey is really made and meet the team who put dedication and passion into every bottle. Afterwards take a seat in the Still House Lounge and enjoy a taste of our premium whiskeys, with a choice between two of the award winning whiskeys, The Irishman Founder’s Reserve or Writers’ Tears Copper Pot

Premium Malt Experience


Royal Oak was carefully considered and hand-selected by Bernard and Rosemary Walsh. Set deep in the heart of the barley basket of Ireland, this fully guided tour delves into the importance of the exceptional ingredients which are the essence of our premium whiskeys. Learn the difference between all three styles of whiskey and afterwards enjoy a triple tasting of their finest single malt whiskeys with The Irishman Single Malt; Writers’ Tears Red Head & The Irishman 12 Year Old.

Connoisseur's Choice


For a truly exclusive experience, enjoy a fully guided tour into the heart of the distillery followed by a triple tasting of the rarest whiskeys. Savour a taste of some of the most exclusive, limited release, small batch whiskeys. Bottled at cask strength to showcase the true interaction of barrel and spirit, The Irishman Cask Strength and Writers’ Tears Cask Strength are the pinnacle of Irish whiskey. Alongside these award-winning whiskeys, enjoy an extra special treat with one of the seasonal finishes, showcasing innovation straight from the cask. This tasting is a real treat for the discerning whiskey drinkers.

Review: Premium Malt Experience (10:00 on 13/09/2018)

Price: €25

I had a little trouble getting to this distillery; the SatNav kept wanting to take me to somewhere other than the distillery.

The distillery is set in a pleasant green estate with a good amount of parking.

It is a very modern setup with a high level of automation; except for making the cut in the spirit safe which is done manually.

The guide was a gentleman called Woody who, as seems common in Ireland, had a good line of banter, an enthusiasm for whiskey and distilling, and presented the information very well; he gave very good descriptions of the process of making whisky including use of the column still. As it was a small tour was very informal. There were three of us on the tour; myself and a German couple (one of whom was a pregnant lady who could smell, but not taste, the whiskey.

Photos allowed everywhere except in the still house where health and safety concerns (due to the pot and column stills in one room putting a lot of alcohol vapour into the air) means rules are in palce that all electronic items have to be left outside the room. I'm not entirely comfortable with this, but it was a small tour and not an area where strangers could pass through, so probably not a legitimate concern. Afetr we left the still house, we were able to take photos from outside door looking into the still house.

Information correct as of 31/07/2019

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