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Cold days call for a great Hot Toddy drink. We got you covered with this perfect recipe: 3 oz. Brothership Blended Whiskey 1 oz. honey 1 ½ oz. lemon juice ½ tsp zested ginger Clove studded lemon peel 6-8 oz. hot water Directions: Combine ingredients in a glass or mug. Zest ginger into a tea… Read more »

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The upcoming March 2017 issue of the Wine Enthusiast Magazine, a leading wine and spirit publication in the US, features Irish whiskey and two brands from the Connacht Whiskey Company received wonderful reviews. Brothership 10 year Old Blended Whiskey received an outstanding 90 score and the following tasting notes: This unusual bottling comprises 55% Irish… Read more »

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The history about Irish coffee A common misconception is that the Irish Coffee recipe was invented in America the 1950’s. In fact the original Irish coffee recipe was invented by a chef at Foynes’ port, County Limerick in the 1930’s. Foynes’ port was where planes on route from Europe to America would stop to refuel… Read more »

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Spade&Bushel: “One of the tastiest sourced whiskeys on the Irish market” The American magazine Whisky Advocate featured Ireland in its Winter 2016 edition, and The Connacht Distillery received two great mentions.  With articles ranging from distillery tours, whiskey shops, great pubs, and, of course, golf courses, Connacht Distillery was highlighted amongst whiskey distilleries in the… Read more »

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Straw Boys Vodka Takes on the Big Boys in New York Straw Boys Irish Vodka took on the big boys of vodka in New York and came home with a silver medal. With its long history of vodka-based cocktails like Martinis and Cosmopolitans, New York is a city that knows something about vodka. At the… Read more »

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Connacht Distillery’s first two entries at the annual Irish Whiskey Awards both came away as winners yesterday. The IWA named Straw Boys Irish Vodka as Best Irish Vodka and awarded Spade&Bushel one of the two coveted gold medals for Cask Strength Whiskey. 2 for 2 is a great way to start! The Irish Whiskey Awards… Read more »

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The Connacht Distillery celebrated its first anniversary last weekend. It’s been an exciting year and the spirits are flowing Although An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D. officially opened the distillery in  October of 2015, we still needed to complete construction on several important parts of the distillery building.  That work is now done. We’ve completed construction… Read more »

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The newest tourism spot in County Mayo, The Connacht Distillery, is now is even easier for visitors to find.  The town of Ballina has installed charming road signs which provide direction to the distillery. Connacht Distillery opened its doors to visitors a few months ago and continues to receive a warm welcome from the residents of Ballina…. Read more »

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  The Connacht Whiskey Company was delighted to join other local businesses stepping back in time 100 years to celebrate the Heritage Day, a highlight of the annual Ballina Salmon Festival. The Ballina Salmon festival is a week-long festival which draws over 200,000 guests to the town of Ballina. It offers a wide variety of… Read more »

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The Monasteries of the Moy Greenway is near completion. The greenway will afford walking and cycling along the west bank of the scenic River Moy estuary from Ballina to the village of Killala on Killala Bay. It will originate adjacent to our distillery at the Belleek Forest Park, a 200 acre reserve which already contains… Read more »

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An Taoiseach Enda Kenney, along with a number of our investors and friends, attended the official dedication of the Connacht Distillery on October 9. The €10m investment will generate 40 new jobs at the 27,000 sq ft/2500 m2 distillery. We were pleased so many were able to join us and attend the Connacht Whiskey Company’s… Read more »

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Our Master Distiller, Rob Cassell, designed our three copper stills, which were then built to his specifications by Specific Mechanical Systems in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. After the long ocean journey, the three beautiful stills arrived home in Ballina. Although large copper stills are the romantic face of whiskey distilling, the stills are only one… Read more »

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Work crews have begun the process of constructing the Connacht Distillery in Ballina. Ultimately, this project will see the transformation of the old Duffy’s Bakery building into a state of the art distillery tailor-made for the production of fine pot still Irish whiskey and other Irish spirits. The inside of our building is plenty large… Read more »

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The Connacht Whiskey Company has chosen Ballina, County Mayo as the site of its distillery. The Connacht Distillery will be located in the old Duffy’s Bakery building on the picturesque banks of the River Moy. The location is excellent from a manufacturing standpoint, as well as a tourist destination. Ballina offers an excellent water source, which… Read more »