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Ballykeefe Distillery

| Kyle, Cuffesgrange, Kilkenny R95 NR50, Ireland
+353 85 817 7960
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Ballykeefe is situated in the heartland of Ireland, adjacent to its medieval capital, Kilkenny city. It is steeped in a historic heritage and tradition, holding the unique distinction of being the birthplace of Irish Whiskey. It is from our area that the first written account of distilling in Ireland comes in 1324. It was written in the Red Book of Ossory. The word “whiskey” is an Anglicisation of the Gaelic phrase, uisce beatha, meaning “water of life”. At Ballykeefe we are now bringing a truly special “water of life” from centuries past to a new generation for their pleasure and good health. The tour; You will see up close every step in the process and also enjoy and have explained the many different aromas and smells at each stage of the brewing and distilling process. Many secrets will be revealed by our award winning Master Distiller . How he makes the “cut” to create the ''Spirit of Kilkenny''
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| Kyle, Cuffesgrange, Kilkenny R95 NR50, Ireland
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+353 85 817 7960
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Ballykeefe Distillery is a must for anyone interested in the field of distilling and very informative and engaging for anyone with no prior knowledge at all. We were lucky enough to have Morgan, both owner and distiller, take us on our tour. The tour is...More

Thank Kevin M
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Reviewed yesterday

Highly recommend a tour of Ballykeefe Distillery if you want the best Gin in Ireland, The tour started in a well appointed refurbished barn with the owner Morgan, explaining the process of making high quality whiskey, gin vodka.we then visited the pristine distillery where we...More

Thank jennydwyer1
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a wonderful and very specia, we had a fantastic tour of history and modernity combined. The setting of the distillery is wonderful on a family farm. This is Artisan at its very best. The restoration of the old stables as the visitor center...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Plus an integrated supply chain meaning they grow many of their ingredients. Basically the are a wholesome farming family trying to do something new : distillery with an artisan view instead of mass production. Great tour and flavors!

Thank Tony H
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I visited this beautifully family run distillery. The staff was forthcoming and friendly right from the beginning. The tour was amazingly done and very very interesting. As a fan of whiskey it was very educational and interesting. It is even more interesting...More

Thank Sebastian P
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We fell in love with this place and with all the guys here. Everything is so special, the spirits taste amazing and I can see why they are winning awards. I'll be back.

Thank MandyCole02
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We spent two wonderful days in Kilkenny and this was an unforgettable experience. Beautiful family owned distillery, everything is very special, especially their story and how they have recreated a little piece of history. Their new make whiskey is amazing.

Thank JohnBryan01
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This distillery has a beautiful visitors centre. Great to see the distilling process and see the ingredients.... Sampling wasn't bad either ! A great attraction off the beaten path in Kilkenny. the family farm close by.

Thank Sheilakk04
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had to find this place after drinking the gin on a night out in Kilkenny city....in love with the place and great team in ballykeefe. Great fun was had looking forward to the peppered gin the next few months 😊

Thank barbramcgee
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a super good tour we learnt so much about the history of Irish whiskey and how whiskey is made. The distillery is amazing as it is part of a family farm. You can feel the passion for farming and for whiskey from everyone...More

Thank walterjohas
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