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About West Cork Distillers

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Welcome to TheCru.ie, your go-to spot for the finest Irish whiskey and an exceptional online shopping experience. We're thrilled to introduce you to West Cork Distillers, a name that stands out for its dedication to quality and innovation in the world of Irish whiskey.

A Humble Beginning

West Cork Distillers was founded in 2003 by childhood friends John O’Connell, Ger McCarthy, and Denis McCarthy. Starting a distillery back then didn't make much economic sense, but the trio was driven by passion and a love for Irish whiskey. They began their journey in a small room at the back of Denis' house in Union Hall, using two small stills purchased from a schnapps producer in Switzerland.

Growth and Expansion

In 2014, West Cork Distillers moved to a new facility in Skibbereen, a significant upgrade from their humble beginnings. Today, they operate on a 12.5-acre site on Marsh Road, with a distillation capacity of 4 million litres of pure alcohol. The distillery's growth is a testament to their commitment to quality and innovation, and their Irish whiskeys are now sold in nearly 70 countries around the world.

Commitment to Local Community

West Cork Distillers isn't just about making great whiskey; it's about supporting the local community. The company has grown to employ over 80 people, most of whom are based locally in West Cork. This commitment to providing sustainable employment is a cornerstone of their operation, ensuring that the distillery remains a vital part of the community.

A Truly Irish Operation

Despite their global reach, West Cork Distillers remains proudly Irish-owned. They source the best local ingredients whenever possible and rely on local service providers to help deliver their products worldwide. This dedication to local sourcing and sustainability ensures that every bottle of West Cork whiskey reflects the true spirit of whiskey Ireland.

Award-Winning Whiskeys

West Cork Distillers produces a range of Irish whiskeys, each crafted with care and precision. Their award-winning West Cork Irish Whiskey is celebrated for its quality and unique character, making it one of the top Irish whiskey brands available. Whether it's their single malt, blended whiskey, or special editions like the Peat Charred Cask, each expression offers a distinct taste experience.

The Distilling Process

The distillery combines traditional methods with modern technology. They use pot stills for distillation, a time-honoured method that imparts rich and complex flavours to the whiskey. The ageing process takes place in a variety of casks, including bourbon, sherry, and rum barrels, adding unique characteristics to the final product.

A Growing Legacy

As West Cork Distillers continues to expand, they remain committed to their roots. The opening of their new distillery on Marsh Road in Skibbereen has made them the largest, wholly Irish-owned distillery in the country. They are adding more jobs, new products, and additional warehouses to meet the rising demand for their exceptional whiskeys.

A Heritage of Distilling

John O’Connell, one of the founders, comes from a long line of distillers, albeit the illegal variety. His father hailed from Coppeen in the Coolea Mountains, the poitin heartland of West Cork, where many families operated their own stills. This heritage of distilling is woven into the fabric of West Cork Distillers, bringing a unique authenticity to their craft.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

The new distillery boasts eight pot stills and two column stills, producing almost 4.5 million litres of alcohol annually. Additionally, three stills are dedicated to gin production. Five bottling lines operate around the clock, processing 2,000 bottles per hour. Seven on-site warehouses store up to 55,000 casks, ensuring that each batch of whiskey is aged to perfection.

Experience West Cork Distillers at TheCru.ie

At TheCru.ie, we're proud to offer a curated selection of West Cork whiskeys. As a leading Irish whiskey store, we provide a seamless shopping experience, allowing you to explore and purchase these exceptional whiskeys from the comfort of your home. Our Dublin whiskey shop is dedicated to bringing you the best Irish whiskey brands, and West Cork Distillers is no exception.

Why Choose TheCru.ie?

  • Extensive Selection: Our online store features a wide range of whiskeys, including top Irish whiskey brands like West Cork Distillers.
  • Convenient Shopping: Easily buy Irish whiskey online and have it delivered to your door. Get your Whiskey delivered to your door with TheCru.ie.
  • Expert Advice: Our knowledgeable staff is always available to help you find the perfect whiskey for any occasion.
  • Local Pickup: Order your whiskey online for delivery or for collection in our Dublin whiskey shop, Carry Out Tyrrelstown in Dublin 15.

Visit Our Dublin Whiskey Shop

For those who prefer a more personal shopping experience, visit our whiskey Dublin shop. Our friendly staff is ready to assist you in finding the perfect whiskey and answering any questions you may have. Whether you're a seasoned whiskey enthusiast or new to the world of Irish whiskey, we welcome you to explore our selection and discover the exceptional offerings of West Cork Distillers.


West Cork Distillers represents the pinnacle of Irish whiskey craftsmanship. With a dedication to quality, innovation, and tradition, the distillery produces some of the finest whiskeys available today. At TheCru.ie, we are honoured to bring you these exceptional products, offering a seamless shopping experience both online and in our Dublin whiskey shop. Explore the rich and diverse world of West Cork Distillers and elevate your whiskey experience with TheCru.ie.

Order your whiskey online for delivery or for collection in our Dublin whiskey shop, Carry Out Tyrrelstown in Dublin 15.


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