OUR DISTILLERY SITE IS IN CARNA, IORRAS AITHNEACH, CONNEMARA, COUNTY GALWAY.
The name Iorras Aithneach itself means ‘Windy Peninsula’, a coastal attribute which we believe will impart much of the flavour and character into our range of whiskeys. Our distillery will be an iconic building, reminiscent in form of the tenth century church of MacDara, still standing on the island which bears the same name just off the coast of Carna Bay. We proudly see the distillery and heritage centre representing our brands for generations to come.
ONCE COMPLETE, THE FACILITIES WILL COMPRISE OF A WHISKEY DISTILLERY, MERCHANDISE SHOP, CAFÉ, TASTING BAR AND HERITAGE CENTRE.
Cnoc Buí Whiskey Distillery will have the capacity to produce up to 100,000 cases per annum, equivalent to 400,000 Litres of Pure Alcohol (LPA).
The Heritage Centre offering will aim to capitalize on developed tourism routes along the Wild Atlantic Way, and to further add to tourist amenities and townlands in Connemara.
We hope that the Distillery and Heritage Centre will stand alone in its design, presence and represent our brands from the heart of the Gaeltacht for generations to come.
The construction of Cnoc Buí Whiskey Distillery & Heritage Centre will deliver sizeable net benefits particularly in the area of employment to Iorras Aithneach and will be the catalyst to enable a significant increase in tourism to the region.
All Irish whiskeys are made by the same basic process; however, the flavour and character are determined by a variety of influences.
Our peated whiskeys will be matured in both ex-bourbon barrels and a combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks, which we have secured from the Bodega Antonio Paez in Jerez.