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Brown-Forman’s Slane Distillery north of Dublin opens to tours

The distillery has been constructed inside the restored 18th-century horse stables and courtyards, which were designed in part by Lancelot “Capability” Brown.
The distillery has been constructed inside the restored 18th-century horse stables and courtyards, which were designed in part by Lancelot “Capability” Brown. Photo provided

Brown-Forman has opened its Slane Distillery and Visitor Experience in County Meath, Ireland, 30 miles north of Dublin.

The distillery will begin producing Irish whiskey there this fall.

Construction of the distillery on the 1,500-acre Slane Castle Estate, home of the Conyngham family, began in September 2015 in restored 18th-century horse stables and courtyards.

The buildings, which were in part designed by renowned English landscape architect Lancelot “Capability” Brown, have been restored, complete with Welsh slate roofing, the stable’s original chiming clock tower and a tack room that shows their original use.

Brown-Forman, which invested $50 million on the distillery and tourist experience, has installed three hand-beaten copper pot stills and six column stills to produce Slane Irish Whiskey, which will be aged in a triple-cask process. The whiskey will be aged in virgin oak, seasoned oak bourbon and Tennessee whiskey barrels and sherry casks. Slane Irish Whiskey released earlier this year was produced with sourced whiskey; the spirits produced on sight will be released in a few years.

The distillery on the River Boyne will show visitors the heritage of Slane Castle Estate, Slane village, the Conyngham family and the historic valley. There also will be a tasting area, a cafe and retail store and two bars. For more information on visiting the distillery, go to slaneirishwhiskey.com.

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