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THE HISTORY OF LOUGH GILL DISTILLERY


Lough Gill Distillery is situated in a factory, a landmark of Sligo's industrial revolution, that was built in 1969 by an Italian company, SNIA, to make nylon yarn. The factory was then acquired by the South Korean company Saehan Media to produced video tapes. We acquired the site in 2014 because it was the perfect place to make and mature single malt whiskey. The factory is 6 acres under roof which is ideal for both production and maturation.

The construction of the distillery hall commenced in 2018 with the distillery equipment being installed and commissioned in 2019. We have built a one million litre plant producing 7,000 barrels of whiskey per year. We also have planning permission for a second 2 million litre plant, along with tours, museums, retails outlets, restaurants and bonded warehousing.

Phase two will provide the ability to handle tours and this should be completed in 2020.

 
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Construction


After securing planning permission, the construction of the distillery hall commenced in 2018 with a new roof. The roof height had to be increased to facilitate the installation of our largest pot still and only then were we able to build our distillation hall. The distillery equipment was installed and we began preparations to produce our first spirit

 
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Operation and equipment


In 2017, we commissioned Italian company Frilli to build a 1 million litre whiskey plant. The fermentation tanks and CIP tanks were delivered onsite in late 2018. The grain handling system was delivered in 2019, along with our three copper pot stills. The full plant was installed and commissioned in 2019 to produce ultra-premium single malt Irish whiskey. All our whiskey will be triple distilled single malt whiskey, made from 100% malted barley. Our water comes from a well onsite that is filtered down through the layers of rock from Benbulben mountain and the surrounding area, granting a flavour unique to the West Coast of Ireland. It is matured onsite in the finest bourbon casks.

Whiskey Making Process

1. Malting

2. Milling

3. Mashing

4. Fermentation

5. Heat Recovery

6. Distillation

7. Casking

8. Cleaning

 
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