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The Kilbeggan Distillery Experience

Kilbeggan Distillery Experience

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The Kilbeggan Distillery is the oldest licensed distillery in Ireland, retaining its licence to distill whiskey on the same site and in the same buildings for over 256 years


The Kilbeggan Distillery Experience is a step back in time to a bygone era of Ireland's distilling history. First licensed in 1757, Kilbeggan rightly claims to be the oldest whiskey distillery of its type in Ireland. The distillery, like many in Ireland has seen great highs, when Irish whiskey dominated the world and terrible lows, when the industry was almost wiped out. Throughout the 261 years of its existence, two things have stood the test of time. The perseverance of the people and the quality of the whiskey.

First licensed by the Mc Manus family in 1757, the early days of the distillery were a cottage industry, distilling liquid from spare barley. Word of the quality of the whiskey soon spread and by the mid-19th century, under the guidance of the Locke family, Kilbeggan was one of the top 10 distilleries in Ireland. The town of Kilbeggan was the perfect location for a whiskey distillery, surrounded by good farm land for the key ingredient, barley. Close to abundant fuel sources with peat and turf widely cut from the locality and beside the river Brosna which provided water and a power source with the building of the water wheel which powered the entire operation up until closure in 1954.

Today the distillery is part of Beam Suntory, the third largest spirits company in the world and distilling is back with a small boutique distillery on site producing traditional malt whiskey. The distillery today has been built to reflect what a distillery of the 1840's might have looked like... wooden mash tuns, open fermentation vats and two small copper pot stills one of which that is believed to be one of the oldest producing whiskey in the world.

Kilbeggan whiskey is today enjoyed across the world and is available in a traditional blend and a premium Single Grain. Also available to sample at the distillery are Kilbeggan's whiskey siblings. Tyrconnell, a soft Single Malt and Connemara, Ireland's only peated single malt whiskey.



The visitor centre is open all year round with regular guided tours. We have a range of tours available and these can be booked online on our website www.kilbeggandistillery.com or by calling the distillery directly on 057-9332134.

Here are our tour choices:

APPRENTICE TOUR


Guided tour of Kilbeggan Distillery with a Masterclass in tasting of three Irish whiskeys from the Kilbeggan Distilling Company. If you are the designated driver, we are happy to provide a non-alcoholic beverage for you at the end of your tour.

From November to March inclusive, Apprentice Tour Tours at 11am and at 2pm.
From April to October inclusive, Apprentice Tour Tours at 10am, 11am 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 4.30pm.

Tour Time (approx): 1 hour
€14.00 PER PERSON
Tasting permitted for over 18's only. No concessions available.



DISTILLERS TOUR


Guided tour of Kilbeggan Distillery with a visit to the old warehouses and a meet and greet with our onsite distillers, finished with a Masterclass in tasting of four unique Irish whiskeys, Kilbeggan Single Grain, Kilbeggan Irish whiskey, Tyrconnell Single Malt and Connemara Peated Single Malt. If you are the designated driver we are happy to provide a small taster size for you to enjoy when you return home.

From January to March inclusive, Distillers Tour starts at 12 noon.
From April to October inclusive, Distillers Tour starts at 1.30 pm.
From November to 23rd December inclusive, Distillers Tour starts at 12 noon.

Tour Time (approx): 1 hour 30 minutes
€30.00 PER PERSON*

Tasting permitted for over 18's only. No concessions available.
*OPTION TO BOTTLE YOUR OWN WHISKEY
As part of the Distillers tour we are delighted to offer you the option to bottle 200ml of aged single malt directly from the cask while in the warehouse.
Total price (Tour + Bottling): €55 per person



CONNOISSEUR TOUR


Join John Cashman our Global Brand Ambassador on an exclusive Access All Areas tour of Kilbeggan Distillery, the oldest licensed distillery in Ireland. Take your time walking through Ireland's illustrious distilling history with our expert. Following on into the present and meet with our distilling team as they take you through a day in the life of a distiller in Kilbeggan. Join us for an appetizing lunch in our wonderful on site Pantry restaurant ending with a delicious complete tasting of our Irish whiskey core portfolio range as you discover the best kept secret in Irish whiskey. As a finale, we will take you to our warehouse where you will pull your own 200ml sample from one of our aging cask to take home.
Additional Details:


€90.00 PER PERSON

Kilbeggan Distillery Experience

Kilbeggan Distillery Experience

Kilbeggan Distillery Experience - courtyard

Kilbeggan Distillery Experience - courtyard

Note: This article may contain or reflect personal opinions and cannot be considered contractual.
Full property details and booking terms and conditions are available on the relevant property page(s).
Entry fees, opening hours and other information is correct as of publishing, October 2017.


   

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