The highlight distillery visit of my recent Irish whiskey adventure in September was on the Dingle Peninsula on the west coast of Ireland. The Dingle Distillery, in the town of Dingle, was launched in December of 2012 in the converted Fitzgerald sawmill. I had arranged for a Whiskey Experience Day, a day of learning about distilling and spending time with some of the operators and managers of the distillery to truly understand their vision of Irish whiskey and the future of unique “frontier” Irish distilleries. It was perfect timing as well as their new whiskey is set to be released at the end of November.
Our group spent the whole day at the distillery, from 9:30 am until 5:00 pm that afternoon. The distillery closed for tours that day which made our group of six quite excited and honored. The host for the day was Michael Walsh, the Production Manager at the distillery. Michael was an excellent host who explained everything we wanted to know about the distillery and walked us through their entire process of making their whiskey. We also had “hands on” experiences throughout the process. Dingle is run by 10 employees, 7 days a week.
Below are photos, videos and descriptions of our Whiskey Experience Day.
Here is also a YouTube video link to our day at the Dingle Distillery: Dingle Distillery Visit Day
Overall we had an incredible day with Michael Walsh and the crew at Dingle. They will be remodeling their entire operation in the coming years so it was great to be there early on to see how they started. And what fun to taste some of their new whiskey that is coming out in the next few weeks. I look forward to returning and spending more time with the great folks at Dingle. They are really headed in the right direction.