Tipperary Boutique Distillery secures €5m funding for first Tipperary Whiskey in 200 years

Major step forwards to produce Tipperary's first Whiskey in 200 years

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Tipperary Boutique Distillery secures €5m funding for first Tipperary Whiskey in 200 years

Master Distiller Stuart Nickerson and MD of Tipperary Boutique Distillery Jennifer Nickerson examining the new make

Irish Whiskey Company Tipperary Boutique Distillery has secured investment funding of €5m which will go directly towards the development of its own distillery in Co. Tipperary, the first in 200 years.

The funding was secured in a partnership deal made with Jeffrey Leo of Steelworks Investments Ltd by TBD Managing Director Jennifer Nickerson.

The new distillery will be located on the grounds of the Dundrum House Hotel Golf & Leisure Resort which will itself undergo a major refurbishment in the coming year.

Speaking about the investment, Jennifer Nickerson, MD Tipperary Boutique Distillery said: “We are naturally delighted with this investment which will realise our plan to distil our own whiskey, making us a field-to-bottle operation.

“As I understand it, this will be the first whiskey grown, harvested and distilled in Tipperary in approximately 200 years. The provenance of both the barley used to make our whiskey coming from our own farm at Ballindoney and now being distilled in the locality allows us to claim true terroir.

“In addition, we will be providing a unique tourist offering where people can come and visit our distillery whilst being given the option of staying on site in first class surroundings.

“International whiskey tourism is big business with a recent ABFI report stating its ambition for Ireland to become the number one whiskey tourism location by 2030 with a spend of up to €1.3b by 2025.

“Our partnership with Steelworks Investments Ltd allows us to be one of the first Whiskey Companies in Ireland to accommodate this sector.”

Tourist Projections for the Tipperary Boutique Distillery at Dundrum House Hotel Golf and Leisure Resort are 15,000 for 2020, increasing to 40,000 in 2025.

A total of 15 new jobs in the areas of production, bottling, sales and administration will be created directly by the Distillery in the locality.

Dundrum House Hotel & Golf Resort is part of a new hospitality group, Clann Hospitality, managed by group general manager, Darrell Penney, who has many years of hotel management under his belt, including 4* Pillo Hotel & Spa in Ashbourne. Clann Hospitality Group is wholly owned subsidiary of Steelworks Investments Ltd.

Meanwhile, Tipperary Boutique Distillery is proud to announce the first distillation of the barley grown on their farm at Ballindoney.

The distillation took place under the keen eye of Master Distiller Stuart Nickerson at an established Irish Distillery keen to encourage boutique brands such as Tipperary Boutique Distillery which will only ever produce small quantities of home-grown barley and subsequent whiskey yields. Stuart personally accompanied the germinated barley back from its malting journey in Inverness.

The Tipperary Boutique Distillery is the collective realisation of Tipperary Farmer Liam Ahearn Jnr, his fiancée Jennifer Nickerson and Jennifer’s father Stuart Nickerson who is a renowned Whiskey Expert based in Scotland.

With planning permission granted, Jennifer and Liam hope to begin work soon on the construction of their own Distillery which will be based on the grounds of the Ahearn Family farm, which has been in the Ahearn family for five generations at Ballindoney, Grange, Clonmel.

It's anticipated that the Distillery will employ up to twelve people and it is hoped that these roles will be fulfilled locally.