Walsh Whiskey Distillery at Royal Oak
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Home to The Irishman and Writers’ Tears whiskeys, on an 18th century estate, 20 minutes from Kilkenny City, Walsh Whiskey Distillery is a large, manually-operated, visitor-friendly, craft distillery uniquely producing all 3 styles of Irish whiskey.
The distillery is dedicated to the production of premium handcrafted Irish whiskeys. It is unique as the only distillery in Ireland where all three forms of Irish whiskey (pot still, malt and grain) are distilled in the same still room. The distillery is manually controlled so that the spirit it produces is guided by the expertise of our team of twelve local distillers. It is one of the largest distilleries in Ireland capable of producing 650,000 cases or 8 million bottles of whiskey a year.
Visitors to Royal Oak relax in a sylvan setting while learning about Irish whiskey distilling by interacting directly with our team of twelve local distillers. These craftsmen expertly distil each batch of new make spirit that will ultimately become one of our premium whiskeys – The Irishman or Writers Tears – for enjoyment in over 40 countries worldwide. Smelling and tasting whiskey at various stages of its development is part of what is an immersive experience that extends to the grounds of the Royal Oak estate.
Visitors to Royal Oak can stroll around the grounds and take in our ongoing renovation of the estate’s original centrepiece, Holloden House. This stately home was built in circa 1755, some four years before the legendary Guinness brewery at Saint James’ Gate in Dublin. It also predates the French revolution, American independence, the births of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Jane Austen and the establishment of Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Dating from this era of Emperors and Royalty goes someway to explaining why the renovation will ultimately cost a King’s ransom when completed several years from now!
Come to Walsh Whiskey Distillery at Royal Oak (the home of The Irishman and Writers Tears) where centuries of history rhyme with the hope of a new era.
The doors are open to visitors for personal tours of the distillery, one of the largest in Ireland, where our team of local distillers will demonstrate how we are unique in producing all types of Irish whiskey (pot still, malt and grain) in the one still house and using mainly manual controls.