Unique chance to buy first whiskey produced in Galway for over 100 years

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Members of the public have been given the unique opportunity to purchase a piece of Irish whiskey history after Galway’s Micil Distillery announced its Síolta Mhicil cask offering.

People will be able to buy one of only 240 handmade 50 litre casks, and to own a share of the first legal whiskey produced in Galway for over a century.

With the choice of three unique recipes and five different cask types, each cask will cost €3,300 prior to VAT and excise duty, yielding approximately 90 bottles of bespoke whiskey. 

Síolta Mhicil members will purchase a cask of their chosen spirit which will be distilled and matured for four years by Micil Distillery.

The mature whiskey will then be hand bottled and labelled with a personalised Micil Irish Whiskey label for the member’s own personal enjoyment.

“Síolta Mhicil translates as The Seeds of Micil, though a more poetic translation (and one we prefer) is Micil’s Beginnings,” explained founder Pádraic Ó Griallais.

“We’re extremely proud to be inviting people to join our journey, and to support our growth through ownership of a one-off batch of extraordinary Irish whiskey.” 

The Micil family have been crafting exceptional Irish spirits on the shores of Galway Bay for over 170 years, handing down traditions, skills and recipes from generation to generation.

During the 1700s and 1800s Galway had over 22 legal whiskey distilleries, while Connemara was home to the most Irish of all distilling traditions, illicit ‘fuisce’ made in small copper pot stills.

The Micil team is now drawing on these traditions and recipes, creating innovative whiskeys that combine the best of the past with the finest ingredients that our land has to offer.

Micil’s in-house whiskey specialist, Mark McLaughlin, said that every drop of Síolta Mhicil whiskey will be produced here in Galway over the next two years.

“It will be brewed from 100% Irish grain, malted & peated using turf from the Micil family land in Connemara, and double distilled using our single 500L copper pot still,” said Mark McLoughlin.

“Whatever your choice of grains, whiskey style and cask type, you’ll be one of a small number of owners of this exclusive, personalised expression of Micil Irish Whiskey, and will possess a unique drop of Irish distilling history.”

The Síolta Mhicil casks are available to purchase by contacting siolta@micil.ie, and you’ll find more information at http://www.micildistillery.com