Drinks giant planning new distillery at Slane Castle
The owner of the Jack Daniel's brand is to build its first new distillery outside of US at Ireland's historic Slane Castle.
Lord Henry Mountcharles sold the family's whiskey company to American drinks giant Brown-Forman earlier this year, with the company now planning a $50m (£36m) investment to convert stables on the Co Meath estate.
The new distillery is due to open by the end of next year, employing 25 people.
"This is a great coming together of two historic families - the Browns of Kentucky and the Conynghams of Slane," said Lord Henry, the eighth Marquess Conyngham.
"We are very proud to join forces to bring exciting new Irish whiskeys to the world. The commencement of work on the distillery is just a first step in developing a new Irish whiskey brand and welcoming guests to the new distillery."
The new brand of Slane Whiskey will hit the market in 2017, initially using whiskey bought from other Irish distilleries and finished to Slane's recipes and specifications.
Blended, pot still and single grain Irish whiskeys will begin maturing when the conversion of the 18th century stables is complete and it will have the potential to produce more than 600,000 cases a year for the premium markets. A visitor centre is also being built.
The Brown-Forman Corporation owns the world-renowned Jack Daniel's brand, Southern Comfort, Finlandia and Woodford Reserve, among others, and employs nearly 4,200 staff.