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Ireland’s Gortinore Distillers & Co is investing approximately $8 million to restore a site in County Waterfood, which it will convert into a whiskey distillery.
The distiller made the announcement on its Facebook page, revealing that it had been granted planning approval to renovate the site into a whiskey distillery and visitor centre.
The company plans to break ground on the distillery next year, which is located at the site of The Old Mill in Kilmacthomas.
In 1850, the premises were set up as a woollen mill making blankets, while in 1920, the site became part of Flahavan’s Irish porridge oats family.
Following restoration, the site will house three traditional copper pot stills and ageing whiskey casks. Once developed, the company anticipates to welcome 500 visitors to the site in year one.
In full capacity, Gortinore expects to produce 1 million bottles of whiskey per year. Gortinore currently produces Natterjack Irish whiskey, which is matured in ex-bourbon barrels and finished in virgin America oak.
15 full jobs will be created for operating the distillery and visitor centre.
In a Facebook post, Gortinore Distillers said: “We are delighted to say that we have been granted planning approval for a distillery to be built at the site of The Old Mill in Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford.
“It has been a long process, but big plans deserve big consideration and we are honoured to be taking this stunning piece of history on its next adventure.”
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