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Shortcross gin makers to launch new Irish whiskey: Rademon Estate Distillery producing new spirit

By John Mulgrew

Published 07/09/2015

Fiona and David Boyd-Armstrong at the distillery
Fiona and David Boyd-Armstrong at the distillery

The Co Down family distillery behind the small-batch Shortcross gin are set to launch a new Irish malt whiskey.

The new spirit will be entirely produced on-site at the Rademon Estate Distillery in Crossgar, and completes a £1.5m investment made by the business.

And the continued expansion of the company is also creating six new jobs.

The new product comes after the Fiona and David Boyd-Armstrong opened the Rademon Estate Distillery in 2012.

Ms Boyd-Armstrong is the daughter of well-known property developer and Rademon Estate owner Frank Boyd — one of Northern Ireland's richest men.

The first casks of their new small batch Irish whiskey have been sealed and production is now getting under way, with 100 barrels expected to be casked within the first year.

Fiona Boyd-Armstrong, managing director, said “we are proud to announce this project and that this will be amongst the first Irish whiskies to be distilled in Northern Ireland”.

Meanwhile husband and head distiller David Boyd-Armstrong said he was “thrilled we have developed what I know will be a fantastic Irish malt whiskey Whiskey and I’m greatly looking forward to August 2018 when we will be able to sample our first three-year-old product”.

“This style of whiskey is a personal favourite of mine due to the complex flavour profile and I feel it is under represented in the market.”

The whiskey will be matured in a variety of casks, which the distillery hope will allow new and innovative flavours and aromas to be created and water from the estate’s own well will be used.

But it's going to be at least a three-year wait for the whiskey to hit the shelves — the minimum amount of time needed before a raw spirit can technically be called “whiskey”.

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