Sales tipped to tot up as whiskey flows in Dundalk
Whiskey distillation has begun at John Teeling's new Great Northern Distillery (GND) in Dundalk following a €10m investment.
The site is the first of two distilleries being built in the former Harp brewery in the town. Nearby Cooley Distillery was sold by John Teeling in 2011 to US giant Jim Beam, in a €71m deal that netted the businessman about €20m.
In Dundalk, the new distillery - with a capacity of 30m bottles a year in its three-column still - is now in producion. Spirits will be casked in oak barrels and matured in bonded warehouses for at least three years before it can be called Irish whiskey. A sister distillery on the site is being commissioned and will begin distillation by the end of August. The second distillery has three large copper pots capable of distilling 12m bottles a year of single malt and pot still whiskey.
John Teeling bought the former Great Northern Brewery from Diageo two years ago after production had moved to James's Gate in Dublin. GND will supply whiskeys to new Irish distilleries and to the Retail Own Label and Private Label segments worldwide, a sector previously served by Cooley.
Irish whiskey sales are expected to double to 250m bottles by 2024.