$12.7m Sets Irish Whiskey Production to Soar

A new copper pot still is navigated through Midleton, Co. Cork. (Photo: Padraic O'Reilly / Shannon Images)
A new copper pot still is navigated through Midleton, Co. Cork. (Photo: Padraic O'Reilly / Shannon Images)

By Olivia O’Mahony, Editorial Assistant
February / March 2017

Production of Irish whiskey is to skyrocket by 33 percent due to a $12.7 million investment made by Irish Distillers for the purchase of three additional stills for the Midleton, Co. Cork distillery. The company, which is responsible for the production of household Irish whiskey brand names such as Jameson, Powers, and Redbreast, is seeking to expand upon its already-significant growth from 2016 with the trio of handmade copper steel tanks, which were transported from Forsyth’s in Scotland to Horgan’s Quay, Cork, on the morning of January 19 and installed in time for February 1.

Irish Distillers' whiskeys.

Irish Distillers’ whiskeys.

“The new plant has settled and is meeting all of its sustainability targets,” distilling operations head Tommy Keane told the Irish Echo. “It was a good time for investment and we are seeing the results of it now.”

“What we’ve witnessed over the past few years is truly a renaissance in the industry,” added head of the Irish Whiskey Association Miriam Mooney.

Irish Distillers now employ over 200 people at their Cork distillery and, with sights set to doubling all sales by 2020, hope to increase the number of available positions accordingly. ♦

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