Connacht distillery

Connacht is a new distillery in the town of Ballina, County Mayo. The pot still whiskey produced here is primarily intended for the USA, but we will probably also be able to benefit from the Connacht products.

How does Connacht whiskey taste?

That remains to be seen.

How is Connacht whiskey made?

The distillery is said to have an annual capacity of around 300,000 liters of alcohol and produce around 450,000 bottles of Irish Pot Still Whiskey. The special thing about pot still whiskey is the mixture of malted and unmalted barley, which ensures a particularly fruity taste through the use of unmalted barley. The focus is on exporting for the US market. So far, 10 million euros have flowed into the business. The design for the pot stills comes from the pen of one of the founders, Robert Cassell. Robert Cassell is a master distiller himself and was able to expand his experience in the expanding craft distilling business in the USA.

History of the Connacht Distillery

Two Irish and three Americans brought about this transatlantic cooperation. Robert Cassell, John Romanelli, and Tom Jensen brought the manufacturing and funding knowledge to give shape to JP and David Stapleton’s idea. The distillery opened in autumn 2015.

Connacht factsheet

Name Pronounced AKA Region Country of Origin
Connacht The Connacht Whiskey Company Co. Mayo Ireland
Status Active Whisky Type Website Tours Available
Active 2014 - Present Grain Connacht Tour Link
Manager Distiller Blender Owned by Parent Group
Robert Cassell Tom Jensen

Can I tour Connacht?

No, unfortunately Connacht distillery is not open to the public for tours