Ireland Founded in 1820
After the last distilling took place in 1964, the Coleraine brand disappeared. The Whisky from Coleraine had built up a solid reputation after being delivered to the London House of Commons in 1845, hence the “HC” on its labels.

The malt Whisky (always spelled without the "e") from the distillery was highly appreciated and now classified as "rare". If you find one, don't miss out! In 2012, a limited edition 34-year-old bottle of Coleraine Whisky sold for £1,200.
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Jim Murray sadly comments on the distillery as: "a sad loss, not only for distilling in Ulster, but for the Irish whiskey industry in general."
Coleraine had always used "Whisky" instead of "Whiskey," which is the general usage of the word in Irish.
The malt Whisky from the distillery was highly appreciated and now classified as "rare." If you find one, you don't wanna miss it.


Coleraine Distillery was located in the town of Coleraine, on Newmarket Street. The distillery was converted from an old mill in 1820. It was one of the two malt distilleries in Ireland by then. In 1845, it delivered the London House of Commons, so they put "HC" on the labels of its bottles.

Under the management of Robert A. Taylor, it was known to be one of the most meticulous distilleries ever. No Whisky was bottled under 10 years old.

The distillery was bought out by the Boyds of the Bushmills Distillery in 1933 and stopped production in 1938, due to the war. After the war, installation of a new still was a new hope for the distillery, though production stopped for good in 1978.

Coleraine was highly regarded for its malt Whisky. After 1950's distillery went on working on grain Whiskies for Bushmills until 1978.
Distillery info:
  • Country Ireland
  • Established 1820
  • Owner Bushmills
  • Status Active
  • Address New Market Street, Coleraine Ireland
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