Whiskey will continue to be bottled in Clonmel, despite plans for new distillery in Tullamore

Eamonn Wynne

Eamonn Wynne

William Grant and Sons say they remain committed to bottling Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey at Annerville, Clonmel, following the recent announcement that the company is investing in a new, state of-the-art pot still whiskey and malt whiskey distillery in Tullamore, bringing whiskey production back to the town for the first time since the original distillery closed in 1954.

“This announcement is great news for the brand. Sales of Tullamore Dew are growing by 15% each year and building our own distillery will secure our production needs for the long term. We remain committed to bottling at Clonmel and that is not going to change as a result of this announcement”, a company spokesperson told The Nationalist.

The company employs more than 60 people at its Clonmel facility.

Work on the new Tullamore distillery, a €35 million investment that will utilise the latest in green technology, is scheduled to begin later this year, subject to planning permission, and will support in the region of 100 construction jobs during the two-year building phase. When combined with the new Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre, scheduled to open next September, the total number employed by the firm in the town will rise to around 25.

William Grant and Sons bought the brand from C&C almost two years ago.

Tullamore Dew is currently one of the fastest growing Irish whiskey brands, almost doubling worldwide sales to almost 700,000 cases since 2005. It is the largest selling Irish whiskey in many markets in Northern and Central Europe while in several countries, including Denmark, Czech Republic and Latvia, it is the largest selling whiskey of any type.