THE SHED

Distillery
Founded in 2014
The Shed is a new distillery in County Leitrim, in the tiny rural village of Drumshanbo. It is the first new distillery in rural Connacht in over 100 years. Like most Irish distilleries born into this resurgence of Irish Whiskey, The Shed currently produces Gins, while they wait for their Whiskey to mature.

This new project is the brainchild of P.J. Rigney —the man behind the tremendous Boru Vodka and Sheridans liqueur success stories— and pioneer in the scenic Irish village, his efforts in experimental distilling bringing the small rural town into the 21st century of distilling.

On the 21st of December, 2014 --a winter solstice-- the tiny rural village of Drumshanbo witnessed the re-birth of Irish distilling, with the birth of the rustic new handcraft distillery. ‘The Shed’ marks a return to traditional distillation using medieval copper stills, and is the first multi-purpose distillery of its kind in Ireland.

While patiently awaiting their resting Whiskeys, they do offer a rather innovative Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin made with Asian botanicals and gunpowder tea, as well as other experimental recipes for Herbaceous Gins, Potato Vodkas and new liqueurs, including a distinctive Blackforest Gateau liqueur called “My Three Graces.”

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Distillery Details

  • Country
    Ireland
  • Established
    2014
  • Owner
    Independent
  • Visitor center
    Yes
  • Status
    Active
  • Address
    Drumshambo, Leitrim, Ireland
  • Phone
    +353 1 507 9170
  • Website
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The Winter Solstice launch of 2014 celebrated Connacht’s first distillation in over 101 years. The first cask was sealed at 12.23pm, the time of the solar transit.
Video from The Shed
Video transcription
We set up the Shed Distillery in the Solstice, the 21st of December 2014, here in Drumshanbo, the Shed. The reason was to create a business that could develop some very interesting Whiskeys, Liqueurs, Gins to sell on at the global market.

What makes the Shed Distillery special is that everything we do here at the Shed in terms of the manufacture or the creation is done with medieval copper pots still. Everything is done by hand. We're using old traditional recipes. We're also using many ingredients from the local area, and then we're taking them across the world.

What's great about this is we're actually working with the local community, bringing traditional skills back to Ireland that we're lost, and we'll have another celebration here on the 21st of December 2015 to celebrate the second Solstice, which is basically our first Gin production.

Being in Drumshanbo and being in Leitrim, it's a very interesting, unique, wild rural environment, and that's certainly something that our customers are very interested in the world today.

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