Glendalough Distillery

Distillery
Founded in 2011
The Glendalough distillery is located in Wicklow. The young distillery was founded in 2011, making its appearance in the market in 2012, with the Glendalough Poitin.

The company launched a seven-year-old single malt in Ireland, Europe and the US in 2014, and a 13-year-old single malt in Ireland and Europe at the end of the year. They also purchased a still from the Black Forest in Germany.

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What does Glendalough taste like?

The Flavour Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Glendalough Irish Whiskey. It's based on all Glendalough drinks in our large database and gives you a chance to taste Glendalough before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavour Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.

Distillery Details

  • Country
    Ireland
  • Established
    2011
  • Visitor Center
    Yes
  • Status
    Active
  • Address
    Unit 39, Unit 9 Newtown Business And Enterprise Centre Newtownmountkennedy Co Wicklow, Newtown Mount Kennedy, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
  • Website
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The Glendalough brand is personified by the story of St. Kevin: "In the 6th century, St Kevin was supposed to be the next king of the Irish province called Leinster, but he turned his back on the nobility and hiked the mountains for 7 years until he came to this glacial valley, which is Glendalough, and set up a monastery there. He was a monk, but not the sort fo monk we might think of today, we like to think he was more like Bear Grylls – his passion was the wilderness, God and doing things his own way, the hard way. We really liked that about him - doing hard, but right way. That’s the reason he’s on the front of our bottle," explain the founders.
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Glendalough Distillery was born of a belief that independent Irish Whiskey could make a comeback. But first we went away and found our inspiration in the real story of Glendalough, the story of St. Kevin. A son of Irish royalty, but a man apart, he disappeared into the mountains.

And in a deep remote valley became one with the wild. Over seven years he became the valley itself, the rocks, the trees, the lakes. He was the tree a Blackbird laid her eggs in. Thirteen days and nights he stood until they hatched, and another 13 until they fledged. It's this image that drives us on. We put it on our bottle to remind us that the beginning is the most important part of the work.

And like the Irish monks of the 6th century, we began by making Potcheen, the world's first distilled drink, the ancient ancestor of Whiskey. This magical drink became famous across the New World. Many would come seeking it and other treasures. St. Kevin knew that remoteness was no longer enough to protect Glendalough. So defenses were organized.

Walls and towers were built, and great oak doors were braced for impact. In ancient Ireland, oak was revered. It kept out evil spirits, and so the Potcheen would come to be kept in it, a stroke of genius, or luck, that would color, age, and mellow it, leading to the invention of Whiskey. Our Double Barrel is aged twice in barrels from far sides of the world. Our seven year old Single Malt commemorates the years St. Kevin lived in the wild, and the city of seven churches he came to build.

The 13 year old, well that's a whole other story. With our Whiskeys travelling the world, we returned home, and again to the 6th century for inspiration. Word had spread of the man called Kevin, and people flocked to Glendalough. The wild food that grew was organized and cultivated. Natural medicines, herbs and botanicals abounded, and the garden of Ireland was now distilled and infused in her spirits. So from the mountains, we made a wild botanical Gin, a Gin from the place and time that changes as the seasons change. But one thing will stay the same, good drinks, with good stories to be told over them. Glendalough Distillery, stand of art.

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