The Dingle Whiskey Distillery is pleased to announce the 2015 dates for their Whiskey School. The two day instruction period takes place within the distillery itself, the school will take you through the production process both in theory and practice giving you an insight into the world of Irish Whiskey.
Special guest Master Distiller John McDougall will share his knowledge and experience of the whiskey industry. John is the only distiller alive to have distilled all five types of Irish Whiskey and Scottish Whisky as well as designing Plymouth Gin.
John McDougall is one of a very rare and elite group of people who have been Production Director or Manager of a distillery in all of the traditionally recognised distilling regions in Scotland and is arguably the most experienced Whisky Expert and best overall Judge of Scotch Whisky in the business today. This is recognised by his influence and presence in many countries worldwide.
John has 48 years’ experience of working within the Whisky Industry – over 58 years, if you take into account his childhood and teenage involvement in his father’s grain business, importing, exporting, buying and selling barley to maltsters and distillers – covering all aspects of production. He is the only person, within the industry who is still alive, who has been in charge of distilleries in all of the recognised distilling regions of Scotland.
The Dingle Whiskey Distillery is indeed spoiled for choice, in relation to expert knowledge of the distillation business, in that we are privileged to have Mr. John Moriarty attend our classes also. John gives lectures throughout the Country on Whiskey and is recognised as having an encyclopaedic knowledge of the business, both from a historic and particle viewpoint. John’s love of all matters Whiskey is demonstrated by his substantial library on the subject.
The Dingle Distillery has grown out of The Porterhouse Brewing Company which opened Ireland’s first brewpub in Dublin in 1996 and which spearheaded the now thriving craft brewing movement in Ireland. The distillery uses three distinctive, hand-crafted copper pot stills to create what they believe is the ultimate Irish whiskey. Their special design, incorporating a boil ball, encourages reflux and has much to do with the remarkable smoothness and purity of our spirit. They also have a small swan neck pot still for crafting small batches of artisan gin and vodka. The distillery itself was created in 2012 in the old sawmills on the Milltown Road just on the fringe of Dingle.