Minke Irish Vodka – Clonakilty Distillery Launches New Premium Irish Vodka

Minke Irish Vodka

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – From “Minke Gin” to “Minke Vodka” – Clonakilty Distillery have added to their growing portfolio of exceptional spirits with the launch of a new premium Irish vodka.

The Distillery, which already boost a renowned reputation as a producer of award-winning whiskeys and gin, launched Minke Irish Vodka on Friday of the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Responding to Europe’s booming cocktail culture, Clonakilty have crafted a contemporary and modern new spirit, which reaffirms the company’s commitment to innovation.

Michael Scully, founder of Clonakilty Distillery said – “We are very excited to finally launch Minke Irish Vodka into the market and feel it will only enhance our reputation as a producer of premium Irish spirits. This is a superb new release for Clonakilty and further demonstrates our commitment to innovation, while respecting tradition and craft”.  

Michael Scully, Founder of Clonakilty Distillery.

Minke Irish Vodka

Distilled from whey alcohol in the distilleries copper pot still, Minke Vodka is a smooth and sophisticated spirit, offering a premium drinking experience.

Where most Irish vodkas are distilled using a grain-based alcohol, Minke Vodka uses a whey base spirit, derived from milk produced on the 9th generation family farm. Using whey alcohol as the base spirit delivers a velvety mouthfeel which coats the palate.

As with the gin, Minke Vodka is inspired by the Minke Whale, the majestic creatures that swim wild in the Atlantic off the coast of Clonakilty.  

How to enjoy Minke Vodka

The luxuriously smooth vodka can be sipped easily or enjoyed over ice with a splash of tonic and a wedge of lime.

Elegant and refined, Minke Vodka is perfect in a cocktail. The signature smoothness imparts its velvety mouthfeel and texture to any creative concoction. Without overpowering the other flavours, the vodka simply compliments them, adding a silky sensation with every sip. 

Sure to be an instant hit with mixologists, Minke Vodka guarantees a sophisticated drinking experience, working well in both traditional and new cocktails.

Minke Irish Vodka

Where to buy

Minke vodka will retail at €33.95 and is now available exclusively in Centra and Supervalu stores nationwide.

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Clonakilty Distillery

Clonakilty is Irelands maritime distillery located on the southwestern tip of Ireland. Founded by the Scully family in 2016, the distillery includes an award-winning visitor experience and gin school. The family grow their own barely and mature whiskey on the farm by the oceans edge.

Wild Atlantic Whiskey cocktail

Clonakilty Wild Atlantic Whiskey Cocktail

Wild Atlantic whiskey cocktail. Think power, freedom, escapism, relaxed, confidence, perfection. Now we’re not talking about the cocktail. Rather, how you will feel after drinking this cocktail. Created for anyone who’s had a stressful week, this cocktail has just the right amount of perfection to help you unwind and find yourself at ease.

Clonakilty Double Oak Cask Whiskey, eases nicely on to the palate in this cocktail with its subtle soft spice tones and sweet burst of vanilla flavours. Without it being overpowering it’s just the right amount of flavour with a long finish. 

I N G R E D I E N T S 
40ml Clonakilty Double Oak Cask Whiskey 
20ml Regal Rogue Bold Red
2 Drops Seaweed Bitters
1 Drop Angostura Bitter
5ml Smoked Sea Salt Syrup 
Suggested Glassware: Highball Glass 

M E T H O D 
Add all ingredients in to a cocktail shaker and gently stir.
Top the drink with Tonic Water.

SMOKED SEA SALT SYRUP

I N G R E D I E N T S 
20 grams Smoked Sea Salt
30 grams Demerara Sugar
50ml Hot Water 

M E T H O D
Place all ingredients in to a glass 

S E R V I N G 
Finally add ice to the drink and garnish with Rock Samphire. 

Now, all that’s left is to enjoy this Clonakilty Wild Atlantic whiskey cocktail!

The awards keep coming for Clonakilty Distillery

The good news just keeps on coming for the team at Clonakilty Distillery after winning the latest in a long list of allocades for 2021.

The Cork based distillery recently announced they won Best Irish Sloe Gin at the World Gin Awards in London.

Following a blind tasting by a panel of expert judges, Minke Sloe Gin beat out stiff competition and won the prestigious award. 

Helen Scully, who co-created the distillery’s Minke Gin recipe, expressed her delight in being recognised at an internationally acclaimed standard.

She said; “This is a wonderful achievement for the entire team here at Clonakilty. We are extremely proud of everyone involved and it is a testament to our commitment of ensuring the highest standard when producing this gin”.

And the celebrations don’t end there – in what is a tremendous personal achievement, Ewan Paterson, Visitor Experience Manager at the distillery, received the “Highly Commended” award in the “Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year”, category.

“This has been an extremely challenging year for the drinks and tourism industry, and to be recognised in such a competitive global category is a real honour”, Ewan stated. Credit is due to the entire tours team here at the distillery without whom this would not be possible”.

Early this month Clonakilty Distillery also received not one but two Highly Commended Awards at the prestigious Icons of Whisky Awards 2021.

For the second year running, the distillery received the ‘Highly Commended’, in the Irish ‘Craft Producer of the Year’, category.  Paul Corbett, Head Distiller at Clonakilty, also received the ‘Highly Commended’ award in the ‘Master Distiller/Master Blender’, category.

It’s safe to say that 2021 is shaping up to be a very good year for Clonakilty Distillery.

Icons of Whisky Awards 2021

It’s been a great start to 2021 so far, as we are extremely proud to announce Clonakilty Distillery recieved not one but two Highly Commended Awards at the prestigious Icons of Whisky Awards 2021.

For the second year running,  Clonakilty Distillery received the ‘Highly Commended’, in the Irish ‘Craft Producer of the Year’, category.
This is a credit to everyone involved and we are justifiably proud as it recognizes the real team effort from every single individual over the past unprecedented and difficult 12 months.

Paul Corbett, our Head Distiller, also received the ‘Highly Commended’, award in the ‘Master Distiller/Master Blender’, category.
This is a tremendous personal achievement and an independent recognition of the great work that Paul does for Clonakilty Distillery.

We would like to thank Icons of Whisky, and congratulate everyone involved in this years award ceremony.

Clonakilty Distillery official Irish whiskey for Old glory dc major rugby league

Clonakilty Distillery is delighted to announce their exciting new partnership, with OLD Glory DC Major Rugby League.
As part of the sponsorship deal, Clonakilty will be producing two exclusive whiskey expressions for OLD Glory DC. Firstly, a limited-edition release of rum finished, Irish whiskey; bottled at cask strength, and individually numbered for the whiskey collectors out there. This rare bottling will be available for purchase at limited locations – to be announced in the coming weeks. Purchasers of the exclusive rum cask finish will be entered to win a trip for two to Ireland in 2021. Also being released is a more accessible Bordeaux cask finished Irish whiskey, bottled at 46% ABV, to be sold in the DC, Virginia & Maryland markets.

Both bottlings will also be available for sale through the Old Glory website from March 2021.

“What could go together better than rugby and Irish whiskey?” posited Chris Dunlavey, Chairman of Old Glory DC.  “Our partnership with Clonakilty Irish Whiskey represents another addition to Old Glory’s family of partners and our aim to bring the best of rugby culture – as well as the best of the sport itself – to our Mid-Atlantic home.”

Michael Scully from Clonakilty Whiskey, said:

As a genuine Irish Atlantic Ocean distillery, we feel our award-winning spirits offer a pretty unique experience for discerning consumers. We feel this partnership further strengthens our commitment to succeeding within the American market. We are excited to be working in partnership with Old Glory DC and wish them all the best for the upcoming season.

Both bottlings will be available for sale through the Old Glory website from March 2021.
Purchasers of the exclusive rum cask finish will have the opportunity to win a trip for two to Ireland in 2021