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Tullamore Dew gets its own distillery. Again.

March 28th, 2012

This broke yesterday, and I received the press release on it this morning. It’s below. This is not a surprise–we’ve been expecting this announcement–but it is still great news nonetheless.





Whiskey production to resume in Tullamore after 60
following William Grant & Sons’ €35 million  investment


William Grant & Sons Ltd.,  the owner of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, today announced it will invest in a  new, state of the art pot still whiskey and malt whiskey distillery in  Tullamore town, bringing whiskey production back to the town for the first time  since the original distillery closed in 1954.   The €35 million  investment will meet the long-term production demands for Tullamore Dew, the  world’s second largest Irish whiskey brand, which is currently growing by over  15% annually and is central to the growth plans of William Grant & Sons  which bought the brand in July 2010.

William Grant & Sons has  agreed principal terms and is in the final stages of negotiating the purchase  of a 58 acre site at Clonminch on the outskirts of Tullamore from Offaly County  Council.  The location offers a plentiful supply of natural, quality  spring water from the nearby Slieve Bloom mountains, ideal for the triple  distillation process used in Tullamore Dew.

Work on the new distillery,  which will utilise the latest in green technology is scheduled to begin later  this year, subject to planning permission, and will support in the region of  100 construction jobs during the two-year building phase.   When combined with the new Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre, scheduled to open in  September 2012, the total number employed by the firm in the town will rise to  around 25. Tullamore Dew will continue to be bottled at its current facility in Clonmel, where it employs over 60 people.

“This investment by William Grant & Sons underpins our long-term commitment to Tullamore Dew, the town of Tullamore and Ireland.  It represents an important next step  in the long-term growth and development of the Tullamore Dew brand, one of  Ireland’s food and drink export success stories which is now the second largest  selling Irish whiskey worldwide. We’re excited about bringing whiskey distilling back to Tullamore Dew’s roots for the first time in almost 60  years.” said William Grant & Sons’ Chief Executive, Stella David.

“The new distillery will not  only cement William Grant & Sons’ presence in Ireland, but reinforces the fact that the brand is now firmly rooted back in its original home of  Tullamore.   Our distillery will combine traditional distillation  practices with the very latest in modern and green technologies to prepare the  brand for future growth, while making sure the exact same taste and quality which has made Tullamore Dew famous around the world continues to be delivered.  Irish whiskey is a major growth story internationally and with this investment we’re looking forward to putting Tullamore Dew and the Midlands region back on the map as one of Ireland’s premier whiskey producing regions,” said William Grant & Sons’ Group Marketing Director, Maurice Doyle.

“Offaly County Council is  extremely pleased and proud to welcome Tullamore Dew back home in this manner.  William Grant & Sons has invested significantly in the brand  over the past 18 months with the refurbishment of the Tullamore Dew Visitor  Centre, and now with the plans to construct the distillery have shown the  ultimate commitment to the region.  Tullamore has long been famed for its  production of whiskey and I look forward to the first liquid flowing from the  stills”, said County Manager, Offaly County Council, Pat Gallagher.

Tullamore Dew Global Brand  Director Shane Hoyne said the new  distillery was a key element of the international growth of Irish  whiskey.  “If you think back to the 1800s there were literally hundreds of  distilleries and many hundreds more stills dotted all around the country.  Since then however Irish whiskey was decimated due to a number of factors  including Prohibition, the Great Depression and our own economic and political  troubles here at home.  Tullamore Dew is ‘Irish True’ and re-establishing  Tullamore Dew’s distillation in a world class distillery in Tullamore, combined  with the imminent opening of the new Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre establishes  both a real and an emotional home for the brand. This is a dream come true for  the brand and its fans around the world and I am sure Daniel E Williams, whose  name our whiskey bears, will be looking down proudly seeing whiskey production  resume in the town he loved”.

10 Responses to “Tullamore Dew gets its own distillery. Again.”

  1. JohnM says:

    Things are getting better and better for Irish whiskey.

  2. MrTH says:

    Offaly good news. (Sorry….)

  3. Red_Arremer says:

    This will really improve the identity of this brand. I wonder if it will open the way for more variations and interesting bottlings?

  4. JohnM says:

    Certainly opens the way for pure pot still version eventually, like they used to do in Tullamore.

  5. whiskymonique says:

    Nice to see an independent in Ireland again!

  6. Danny Maguire says:

    I’d hardly class William Grant as an independent

  7. Fast Eddie says:

    Great! Tullamore Dew is one of my favorites!

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