Dingle Distillery – A Whiskey Experience Day (In Pictures)

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.

Initial Founding Fathers List
Initial Founding Fathers List – the first 500 “investors” of Dingle whiskey
The coarse grist that is used at Dingle
The coarse grist that is used at Dingle
Michael Walsh filling up the Mash Tun
Michael Walsh filling up the Mash Tun
Quite magical!
Quite magical!
An explanation of the mashing process, coffee slowly kicking in...
An explanation of the mashing process, coffee slowly kicking in… only 10:30am
Shutting down the fill of the Mash Tun
Shutting down the fill of the Mash Tun
The stills in the back with the Mash Tun in front and washbacks on the right
The stills in the back with the Mash Tun in front and washbacks on the right
Testing the potency of the fermentation process in the washback
Testing the alcohol levels of the fermentation process in the washback
Michael testing the levels
Michael testing the levels – the yeast is doing its thing
Nice copper stills, only the wash and intermediate stills were running on our day
Nice copper stills, only the wash and intermediate stills were running on our day
The spirit coming off of the wash still
The spirit coming off of the wash still
Matt working the spirit safe
Matt working the spirit safe
Michael explaining the spirit right off the still
Michael explaining the spirit right off the still
Checking the fermentation again
Checking the fermentation again
Barrel love
Barrel love
More barrels all housed on site right now
More barrels all housed on site right now
We got to sample straight from the barrel
We got to sample straight from the barrel
Michael climbing high to get us a dram
Michael climbing high to get us a dram
Samples
Samples
Bottling line
Bottling line
Special bottle of Cask No. 2 - no sample but fun to look at and dream
Special bottle of Cask No. 2 – no sample but fun to look at and dream
Great line of seasonal gins that we did sample
Great line of seasonal gins that we did sample

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.

 

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