The Shed distillery

The Shed Distillery is a brand new distillery in the small town of Drumshanbo in County Leitrim, close to Loch Allen Lake. It is the first active distillery in Connacht in 101 years. It is run by the experienced spirits expert PJ Rigney. He gained many years of experience at Baileys, Grant’s and Gilbeys before opening his own distillery.

How does The Shed Whiskey taste?

It still has to prove itself. Until then we will watch the distillery with hawk eyes.

How is whiskey produced at The Shed?

The distillery (like the Glendalough distillery, by the way) relies on Arnold Holstein products. There are a total of three copper pot stills and two column stills. The first New Make was bottled in December 2014. In addition to whiskey, mainly gin, vodka and some liqueurs are produced here.

History of The Shed Distillery

Founded in 2014 on the day of the winter solstice, December 21st, The Shed is one of Ireland’s youngest distilleries. However, it was co-founded by an experienced businessman from the spirits industry. After working at Baileys and Grant, Patrick J. Rigney has now set up his own distillery. The distillery cost around 2 million euros and was able to secure 275,000 euros in support from Ireland Enterprises - a government organization that supports Irish companies if they also produce in Ireland.

The Shed factsheet

Name Pronounced AKA Region Country of Origin
The Shed Ireland
Status Active Whisky Type Website Tours Available
Active 2014 - Present Malt The Shed Not Available
Manager Distiller Blender Owned by Parent Group