Slane

Slane Distillery

There could be no better setting to discover the nature of whiskey than the sprawling land, wild countryside and rushing water of the Boyne Valley. An area which has become home to an emerging artisanal craft and food movement and a unique destination for kayaking, fishing, camping, and hiking. You’ll also find a land awash with history, from the prehistoric monuments at Newgrange to St. Patrick’s Hill of Slane.

Brown-Forman, a leader in whiskey since 1870, in collaboration with the Conyngham family of Slane, began construction of Slane Distillery in late 2015 and introduced Slane Irish Whiskey in mid-2017. This unique 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 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 United States. Brown-Forman invested €44 million (approximately $50 million)in the distillery’s construction.Built on the grounds of the 250-year-old gothic farm buildings of the castle, Slane Distillery showcases a revival of the historic architecture on the castle grounds. The working distillery features timber washbacks, state-of-the-art column stills and hand-beaten copper pot stills and a small maturation warehouse while the adjoining visitor centre offers an interactive and immersive journey though the fabric of the Conyngham family tapestry and ancient art of whiskey making, including malting, fermentation and distillation. 

Slane (slaneirishwhiskey.com)

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