Dingle Distillery

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Dingle Distillery
Dingle Distillery Logo.png
Location Dingle
Owner Porterhouse Group
Founded 2012
Founder Oliver Hughes
Status Operating
Water source Onsite deep well [1]
No. of stills 3 large pot stills (whiskey) [1] & 1 small pot still (vodka/gin)
Website http://www.dingledistillery.ie/
Dingle Whiskey (Single Malt)
Type Single Malt
Cask type(s) Bourbon Casks [2]
ABV 46.5% [2]
Dingle Whiskey (Cask Strength)
Type Single Malt
Cask type(s) Bourbon Casks [2]
ABV 60.7% [2]
Dingle Distillery Vodka
ABV 40%
Dingle Original Gin
ABV 42.5%

Dingle Distillery is an Irish whiskey distillery established in 2012[3] and billing itself as an 'artisan' distillery.[4] The first whiskeys distilled and matured at the distillery were released in late 2016.[5] The distillery is located in a converted sawmill in Milltown on the outskirts of Dingle,[3][6] in a Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking region) in the southwest of Ireland.


The Irish whiskey industry suffered a period of severe decline in the 20th century, which saw most of Ireland's distilleries close, and those remaining in operation amalgamating under the ownership of a single company, Irish Distillers, in the 1970s. However, since then, Ireland's whiskey industry has undergone a resurgence, in particular since 2010, with a diversification of both output and ownership.[7]

With the number of operating distilleries in the country having fallen to just two in the 1980s, Ireland now boasts sixteen operating distilleries, with many others planned. When it opened, the Dingle Distillery was Ireland's fifth, joining the New Midleton Distillery (where Jameson, Powers and Paddy are produced, among others), Bushmills, Cooley and Kilbeggan.


The initiative to start a distillery in Dingle was that of the now deceased Oliver Hughes, who was also a founder of the Porterhouse brewing and restaurant group.[7][3] The site, formerly the Fitzgerald sawmill, was converted for whiskey production in 2012, opening on 29 November.[6] The distillery was reported to have created 25 jobs, with more anticipated with the launch of a visitors' centre.[6] The new copper pot stills used at the distillery were designed by John McDougall.[3]


Using pot stills the distillery produces two casks of whiskey per day in Dingle,[8] where the mildly cool climate is reportedly favourable for whiskey production.[6][7] The distillery also has a still for the production of gin and vodka.[3][7]

Under Irish law, to be termed whiskey, a spirit is legally required to be matured for at least three years.[9] Therefore, Dingle Distillery only brought its first batch of whiskey to market in late 2016.[5] The first batch included two triple distilled, single malt whiskeys: a 7,500 bottle 46.5% release, and a 500-bottle 60.7% cask strength release.[2] Both editions were matured solely in bourbon casks.[10]

As a promotion to attract investors, Dingle Distillery offered the first five hundred special casks to investors "Founding Fathers", to be ready for bottling from November 2016.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Whisky Intelligence: New on the Irish Whiskey Map "Dingle Distillery" Irish Whiskey News". 20 December 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Dingle Distillery launches two small batch whiskeys". thetaste.ie. The Taste. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Liquid Irish: Dingle Distillery". 1 December 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dingle Whiskey - Founding Fathers". Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Murphy, Mark (1 December 2016). "Dingle releases first whiskey batces". fft.ie. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d "New whiskey distillery in Dingle to create 25 jobs". Business ETC at www.thejournal.ie. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d e David Monaghan (21 April 2013). "What To Give The Man Who Has Everything? Why, A Cask Of Irish Whiskey To Be Collected In Five Years, Of Course". Forbes. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  8. ^ McHugh, Robert (30 November 2016). "Dingle Whiskey introduced to the Market". businessworld.ie. Retrieved 28 December 2016 – via www.businessworld.ie. 
  9. ^ "Technical file setting out the specifications with which Irish Whiskey / Uisce Beatha Eireannach / Irish Whisky must comply" (PDF). www.agriculture.gov.ie/. Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Marine. October 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Dingle Distillery". www.dingledistillery.ie/. Dingle Distillery. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 

Coordinates: 52°08′30″N 10°17′21″W / 52.1417°N 10.2893°W / 52.1417; -10.2893