Places of Interest

Walsh Whiskey Distillery

Established in 1999 by husband and wife, Bernard and Rosemary Walsh, and located in County Carlow on the 18th century Royal Oak estate, in Ireland’s Ancient East region - Walsh Whiskey Distillery is a leading independent producer of super-premium and ultra-premium, triple-distilled, craft, Irish whiskeys – The Irishman and Writers’ Tears.

Set deep in the heart of barley-growing country, directly over the Barrow Valley Aquifer and framed by two-hundred-year-old mighty oaks on the banks of the River Barrow, Royal Oak is the perfect place for creating exceptional quality whiskeys.

The distillery at Royal Oak is manually operated by our team of local distillers, with the ability to produce all three types of Irish whiskey – pot still, malt and grain – in one still house. It has two production lines, utilising pot stills and column stills, and has the capacity to produce 650,000 cases (or 8 million bottles) of whiskey annually.

Led by founder Bernard Walsh, the company has built a portfolio of international award-winning drinks brands. These include a range of eight Irish whiskeys under The Irishman and Writers’ Tears brands, the Hot Irishman Irish coffee and The Irishman - Irish Cream liqueur. Demand for the critically acclaimed The Irishman and Writers’ Tears brands currently exceeds available supply in the 40 countries they are distributed to worldwide. www.walshwhiskey.com

Visit Walsh Whiskey Distillery

Come to Walsh Whiskey Distillery at Royal Oak and experience first-hand the art of distillation. Doors are open to visitors for personal tours of the distillery, one of the largest in Ireland, where our team of local distillers will demonstrate how we produce the highest quality Irish whiskey. The tour takes approximately 1 hour and includes a taste of the premium The Irishman Founder’s Reserve whiskey (for visitors aged over 18 years only). For a full calendar of tour times or to make a booking, log on to www.walshwhiskey.com, email booking@walshwhiskey.com or call on +353 59 9186653. Advanced booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

The Irishman whiskey

The Irishman is the Walsh family’s original whiskey and represents the rebirth of the traditional family-owned provincial whiskey distilling that thrived during the last golden age of Irish Whiskey at the end of the 1800s. In a hands-on, hand-crafted approach, Bernard Walsh and his family produce whiskey in the same way. This dedication to the whiskey craft has forged The Irishman range of tripled-distilled whiskeys, whose smooth and warm glow perfectly express the unique Irish spirit of friendship and shared welcome.

Writers’ Tears whiskey

Writers’ Tears is a unique style of whiskey embedded in Irish history. At a time when Irish whiskey was distilled exclusively in copper pots, two styles flourished: Malt and Pot Still; distilled from 100% Barley. The marriage of both styles became known as ‘The Champagne of Irish Whiskey’. A style of whiskey liked by many of the Irish literary greats of the 19th Century, Writers’ Tears is a revival of this style of whiskey and offers a rare taste of Pot Still Irish whiskey bursting with flavour and complexity.