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Issue 123 - The Phoenix of Tullamore

Whisky Magazine Issue 123
October 2014

 

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The Phoenix of Tullamore

Sixty years after the original distillery closed its doors, whiskey making has returned to the town of Tullamore

Owners William Grant & Sons have invested €35m in the new state of the art distillery, the first to be built on a greenfield site in Ireland in more than 100 years. The significant investment marks an impressive milestone in the continuing resurgence of the Irish whiskey sector.

Returning to watch the opening celebrations was former distillery worker Tom McCabe, who ceremonially passed the keys of the Tullamore D. E. W distillery on to the next generation of the town's whiskey makers. The 84 year old, spent years working at the former distillery before emigrating to the US, where he now lives. Tom traded distilling memories with the staff, and was also reunited with his brother and sister, the first time they had all been at Tullamore together since 1952.

Also among the guests were the winners of a global competition, based on the brand's emotive Parting Glass advert. Hundreds of competition entrants penned toasts to mark the beginning of life's new chapters.

The winners joined assembled media and the Irish government minister, Simon Coveney TD, who had originally turned the first sod on the site a year ago when work began. He said: "I was delighted to turn the first sod and today the first liquid gold flows into casks for skilful maturation with the promise of a premium product and a great visitor experience. This is something special.”

Since the turning of sod, more than 250,000 tonnes of peat and soil has been cleared and moved from the 58 acre site in County O...

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