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ISSUE 6 2018
Slane Distillery fills first barrel
Slane Distillery celebrated a major milestone recently when it
filled its first barrel of whiskey. The inaugural cask contains new
malt whiskey using barley harvested on the Slane Castle Estate
filled into a sherry hogshead.
Construction of Slane Distillery on the historic grounds of Slane Castle
in the Boyne Valley began in late 2015 and Slane Irish Whiskey was
introduced in mid-2017. It was created by Brown-Forman working with
the Conyngham family, which has three centuries of ties to the village
of Slane. This triple-casked blend of Irish whiskey was sourced from
other Irish distilleries and was then matured using Slane Distillery's
signature triple-casked method, which uses virgin oak, seasoned
whiskey and sherry casks. Now the distillery embarks on a new phase
as its whiskey is using distillate that has been produced on site.
"This is an important milestone for any new distillery but one we
are especially grateful for at Slane Distillery," said Alan Buckley,
assistant manager of Slane Distillery at Brown-Forman. "It's rare
that you get to build a distillery from the ground up, particularly
one on grounds as historic at the Slane Castle Estate. That's part of
what makes this first barrel that much more special."
Now in full production, Slane Distillery has capacity to produce
600,000 cases. Slane Distillery is the first to be built by Brown-Forman
outside of the US and the comapany has invested 44 million in
its construction. The working distillery features timber washbacks,
column stills and hand-beaten copper pot stills, and a small maturation
warehouse and an interactive and immersive visitor centre.
Alex Conyngham, Slane Irish Whiskey co-founder, said: "This
is a very special occasion for my family. We could not have
accomplished this much in such a short space of time without
the partnership, knowledge, and expertise of Brown-Forman, the
talented production team at Slane Distillery and the support of the
local community in Slane. I am honoured to play a part in bringing
whiskey production back to the Boyne Valley."
Pictured in the tack room
of the Slane Distillery and
Visitor Centre are Slane
Irish Whiskey co-founders
Lord Henry Mount Charles
and Alex Conyngham.