The Cooley distillery is located on the Irish peninsula of the same name near Riverstown.


When Dr. John Teeling started to distill on Easter Monday in 1989 with the Cooley Distillery, he did it with such highly esteemed whiskey personalities as Billy Walker from Scotland. The approach to burning the fire only twice instead of three, as in Ireland, speaks in favor of the Scottish approach.

The distillery is able to distill both according to the pot still process and the patent still process. Old bottlings were reissued and new bottlings and brands were launched. Among other things, peated malts from an Irish distillery are available as standard bottling for the first time. Bottling has also been possible on site since 1992. The water for production comes from the Slieve na gCloc river.


In 1987 John Teeling, disappointed when he was not included in the sale of the Irish Distillers Group, bought a plant for the production of industrial alcohol. Among other things with the old pot stills from the Comber Distillery and a Mash Tun from the Moffat Distillery. He also acquired the rights to the closed Kilbeggan Distillery, its warehouses, and the associated brands: Locke, Millar, Watt, Inishowen and Tyrconnell. The teetotaler Teeling impressed with his new bottlings and Cooley received the trophy of the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) for extraordinary achievements for the first time. In 2011 the distillery was sold to the current owner, Beam Suntory.

Distillery Factsheet

Name Pronounced AKA Region Country of Origin
Cooley The Kilbeggan Distilling Company County Louth Ireland
Status Active Whisky Type Website Tours Available
Active 1987 - Present Malt Cooley Not Available
Manager Distiller Blender Owned by Parent Group
Noel Sweeney Beam Suntory (Suntory)