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Newry distillery Matthew D'Arcy & Company rediscovers well used for 1780s whiskey

Optimistic: Andrew Cowan
Optimistic: Andrew Cowan

By Staff Reporter

A company that is reviving a Newry distillery in a £7m project has said it has discovered the source of water used in the original whiskey.

Michael McKeown, the owner of Matthew D'Arcy & Company, said he had studied a map showing the site of a well on the property which had been in use as a distillery since the early 1780s.

He then drafted in water diviners and other experts to discover the source.

The site is undergoing a major regeneration project costing around £7.3m after gaining planning permission last year.

When completed, Matthew D'Arcy & Company will have a whiskey distillery, bar, restaurant and visitor centre in Newry city centre.

The company hopes for it to be finished next year.

Chief executive Andrew Cowan said: "This is a wonderful discovery which connects the rich history of the Matt D'Arcy whiskey company to its future.

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"To be able to cap this source of water so close to the same water used more than two centuries ago means that we will capture the flavour profile which made this whiskey highly prized so long ago."

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