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A REBEL SPIRIT

IT TAKES SOMETHING OF A MAVERICK SPIRIT, TO TURN THE IDEA
OF BUILDING A CRAFT DISTILLERY, INTO A REALITY

Then again, this is the Rebel County. And you’ll find that spirit right here in Clonakilty, on the south west tip of Ireland. An ancient, rocky coastline of jagged headlands, where 3,000 miles of ocean finally collide with land. Where whales bask offshore and the weather’s so wild, even the lighthouse keepers gave up. Where they don’t tear up the rulebook, because there isn’t one.

Out here, people do things their own way. People like the Scully family. Farming this same land for nine successive generations. Taking the considered view that Irish whiskey could be improved, by harnessing natural elements in a unique and more sustainable way. So they set about doing just that. Sourcing a strain of heritage barley. Growing it themselves, on land where the salty air, soft rain and sea mist infuse every grain. Boring deep into the ancient rock formation to draw the purest, clearest spring water.

Building their own distillery, to craft the very best of whiskies, their own way. Using un-malted barley as well as malted. Lengthening the fermentation time, giving their natural yeast the all the time it needs to enhance the flavour. Triple-distilling the whiskey, for a lighter, sweeter spirit. Adding the water slowly and incrementally in way they call ‘gentle cut’. Ageing the liquid in oak casks and exposing those casks to the Atlantic air. Letting the whiskey mature for as long as it takes – even if that means the angels take more than their normal share. Divils!

It’s a unique story; a whiskey that’s been carefully crafted every step of the way. An award-winning, premium whiskey. Authentic. Full of character. Appreciated by connoisseurs, enjoyed by everyone. Ask any of the team at Clonakilty how they did all this, they’ll happily keep you talking for the day. Ask them why – they’ll simply say, “It’s in our nature”.

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"It’s been a privilege to embark on this journey of a lifetime. Creating something unique, enjoying the moments, sharing the passion. Join with us, our journey is only just beginning!"

Michael Scully
Founder, Clonakilty Distillery

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WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS

Our Process

Our entire process is undertaken in house to ensure authentic,
unparalleled quality to you, our customer.

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Oisín Mulcahy, Head Distiller

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Barley

Following cask disgorging, we gently adjust the whiskey to bottling strength over a period of up to two weeks, allowing for a harmonious blending of flavours.
Finally, all of our whiskey bottling is undertaken by us in-house, to ensure authentic, unparalleled quality to you, our customer.

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Fermentation & Distillation

Our fermentation process spans over 100 hours, significantly surpassing the industry standard, which enhances the intricate array of natural flavours.

Using our long-necked stills, we meticulously triple-distill to craft a spirit renowned for its smoothness and refinement.

Before transferring to casks, our new make spirit is diluted with pure spring water drawn from our deep artisanal well.

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Maturation

Maturation of our single pot still whiskey takes place in our warehouse overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, where the maritime air imbues the casks with a distinct flavour profile.

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Bottling

Following cask disgorging, we gently adjust the whiskey to bottling strength over a minimum period of two days, allowing for a harmonious blending of flavors.

Finally, all our whiskey is bottled in-house.

This entire process is undertaken by us in house, to ensure authentic, unparalleled quality to you, our customer.

OUR VALUES

Passion

To distill the world’s best single pot still Irish whiskeys.
We are already on the way to achieving just that!

OUR VALUES

Innovation

While respecting the traditional methods of past generations, we embrace the best of modern practice to explore, innovate and surprise.

OUR VALUES

Environment

We respect, nurture and support. We take our sustainability and environmental commitments seriously.

OUR VALUES

People

We are proud of our team and recognise that without their dedication and commitment, none of this would be possible.

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The Scully family black lab loves
nothing more than a run on the
beach, but he is also known to
jump off Galley Head in a brave
effort to catch seals!

KOBE

Padraic is a founder and our
bean counter. Currently based
in The USA, building our brand.

PADRAIC

Kela was the pocket rocket that
communicated our brand to the
outside world. Although no longer
working with us, she will always be
part of our story!

KELA

Helen is a founder and
gin lady extraordinaire.

HELEN

Cliodhna is part of the family
team. She helps us with our
marketing and social media.

CLIODHNA

Michael is the guy that
thought up this crazy idea
in the first place.

MICHAEL

Carey's calm efficiency binds
the whole team together in
her role as office manager.

CAREY

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