Slane Castle Open for Whiskey Touring
By Dave Lewis, Editorial Assistant
December / January 2018
After eight years in the making and two years of building and renovations, a new distillery has opened on the historic grounds of the 18th century Slane Castle Estate, 30 miles north of Dublin. Much of the distillery is located in the estate’s Georgian stables, dating to the 1750s, which have been completely retrofitted and are open for tours as well.
The Slane Distillery and Visitors Experience represents the latest expansion of Slane Irish Whiskey, conceived in 2009 by Lord Henry Mount Charles and his son, Alex Conynham, whose family own the estate. Previously, Slane Whiskey aged other manufacturers’ whiskeys, but the new distillery will allow the company to produce their own whiskey, reviving a distilling tradition in the Boyne Valley as old as the castle itself.
“With the opening of Slane Distillery, we aim to restore this legacy for future generations by combining the best of traditional Irish whiskey craftsmanship with progressive process innovation,” Conyngham said. “We are also delighted to be able to open the distillery to visitors where they can see and experience the whole production process for themselves and enjoy a sensory based tasting experience of Slane Irish Whiskey.” ♦ Dave Lewis