Echlinville Distillery is offering Irish whiskey devotees and connoisseurs worldwide the opportunity to be the first to enjoy a new Irish malt whiskey to be produced in Northern Ireland for almost 150 years.  

Echlinville Distillery is offering Irish whiskey devotees and connoisseurs worldwide the opportunity to be the first to enjoy a new Irish malt whiskey to be produced in Northern Ireland for almost 150 years.

The company, based at Kircubbin in county Down, is creating a limited edition of 144 casks in three sizes, 200ltr, 120ltr and 60ltr  for enthusiasts wishing to be among the first to own a cask from the new Irish whiskey distillery. 

The distillery is also unique in malting from barley grown on its own farm.

This very special limited edition cask offer is called ‘The Patron’s Promise’ and comes with a choice of either pot still or malt whiskey in one of a number of wood finishes. 

Shane Braniff, Echlinville Distillery managing director, says: “Interest in Irish Whiskey has been growing dramatically, particularly in the US over the past five years. 

 

“We’ve had a large number of approaches from people interested in being among the first to own and enjoy our range of new Irish Whiskey and so we`ve decided to make a small number of casks available to satisfy this interest. 

“An individual, group or society will be able, if desired, to take a personal interest in their order/liquid, what spirit strength to cask at, what type of cask to use, what malted barley field barley ratio etc . I believe we are the first people from the industry to offer this very special service.”                     

Echlinville Distillery, a family-owned small business, is growing its own malt barley on a 100-acre estate in which the distillery is also located. The grain is then floored using traditional techniques.

“Echlinville is the first distillery that can truly claim ‘from the field to the glass’, and that’s one better than ‘from the grain to the glass, adds Mr Braniff, who has extensive experience in the Irish Whiskey industry.

“The whole process ensures that our company has total control over everything we do, from ingredients, the malting process through to distillation and bottling.

“We are developing a state-of-the-art distillery complex on the estate  in one of the most temperate regions of Ireland. The Ards Peninsula and Strangford Lough enjoys a micro-climate that is frost-free and drier than elsewhere in the British isles. This provides a rich soil and great growing conditions for our barley that results in a distinctive Irish whiskey flavour.

The company is targeting significant expansion in the Irish whiskey industry which experts predict will grow strongly over the next ten years.