Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery, Ireland’s oldest licenced distillery in Ireland’s ancient east.
Kilbeggan is Ireland’s oldest licenced distillery, hailing from Ireland’s ancient east. Located in the heart of county Westmeath, in the small village of its namesake, kilbeggan. Kilbeggan distillery dates back to 1757 and today it is still as picturesque as it would have been back then. A beautiful white washed stone building with its very own waterwheel, once used to power the distillery, today it serves as a soothing sound as you tour this distillery.
Old to New
Kilbeggan distillery is a little over an hours drive from Dublin city centre and sits in the idyllic village of Kilbeggan. With the waters of the Brosna river running through it, it does give the distillery an extra chilled vibe. Unlike many of the new and refurbished distilleries, it holds a unique personality by the simple fact that it remains somewhat how it was left when they ceased making whiskey here.
Kilbeggan today is a buzz as an active distillery as well as with tours. Little has changed at the distillery, many of the mashtuns remain in their original position. Kilbeggan to this day, distill’s some of Ireland’s favourite and unique whiskey’s such as the glorious and one of a kind peated Connemara whiskey.
Tullamore’s Pot Still
A small old pot still that originally came from the old Tullamore Distillery, was unearthed during renovations in 2007. Perfect for trailing new and exciting whiskey’s. Such was the success of this still they had a second identical one made to order. You can view this working 186 year old still, the world’s oldest working pot still. The still was made in the early 1800’s bringing history as well as flavour to your glass. For us here at Whiskey Tours HQ, this still is the beating heart of the distillery, whilst the delicious aromas really excite the senses. There are also some interesting things maturing, hidden away in their warehouses. Kilbeggan teases, hence it requires a visit to this sleepy vilage and see whiskey history come alive.
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