With ‘Dry January’ coming to an end, it’s time for us to start scoping out what the best up & coming trends of 2019 may be and since Gin & Tonic’s are still a firm favourite, it’s still a given that there has been a rise in the number of visits made to Irish whisky distilleries. So will whiskey become our new bar favourite?
According to the Irish Whisky Association, the amount of visitors to Irish distilleries was up 13.4% last year, reaching a total of 923,000 in 2018. These figures are based on the returns from thirteen Irish whiskey distillery visitor centres & brand homes located nationwide with 88% of total visits to Irish whiskey distilleries being made by overseas visitors with the breakdown being US & Canada (40%), UK (14%), Germany (8%) and France (7%). These increasing numbers show that the industry is currently on track to reaching their target number of visitors of 1.9 million people by the year 2025, as set out by the Irish Whiskey Tourism Strategy. Among all this, there are eight new distilleries set to open in 2019 and these include:
Blackwater Distillery, Ballyduff, Co. Waterford, Boann Distillery, Drogheda, Co. Louth., Clonakility Distillery, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Dublin Liberties Distillery, Mill Street, Dublin 8, Roe & Co Distillery, St. James Gate, Dublin 8, The Powerscourt Distillery, Powerscourt estate, Co. Wicklow, The Shed Distillery, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrimand Lough Ree Distillery, Lanesboro, Co. Longford
With the opening of these new whiskey visitor centres, it’s definitely evident that the industry is on course in reaching their target visitors and will more than likely hit this within a few months. William Lavelle, the Head of the Irish Whiskey Association has said “Tourists and Irish whiskey lovers alike are keen to know more about the back-story of the whiskey - where, how and by who it is made. They want to experience the heritage and vibrancy of our distilleries. The Irish whiskey industry has a great tourism offering, and it’s only going to grow as more distilleries open their doors to the public in 2019.”
We’ve decided to devise a short list of some of the must-see whiskey distilleries in Ireland by City – click below to find out more information on how to organise a trip!
Jameson Whiskey Distillery, Bow St
Pearse Lyons Distillery at St James Gate
Teelings Whiskey Distillery, Dublin 8
Walkers Distillery, Limerick City
Old Bushmills Distillery Tour
Overall, with the rise of visitors from over-sea’s exploring our whiskey distilleries, why not take a trip yourself and see what Ireland has to offers? There are many more distilleries across Ireland to visit and we’ve just named a few! It’s vital to serve your whiskey in style, whether you enjoy a tipple at home or a searching for a way to display in your very own distillery. The Glencairn Whisky Glass is a revolutionary and really allows one to savour the taste and complexity of fine any fine whiskey. These are great to use for any of your Single Malt Whisky's, Irish Whiskey's, and also your single barrel bourbons. To shop, visit our online store here.