Kinsale Spirit Company characterises what is best about Kinsale, one of Ireland’s most vibrant and beautiful coastal towns.
Using various botanicals, some traditional, some foraged from the local area, 60+ batches, and many sampling sessions with friends and family later, they hit on the unique recipe that is now Kinsale Gin. Licences were obtained, the first batch of 100 bottles was made up, production was contracted and the rest, as they say, is history. Tom realised he had a potential hit on his hands, so he partnered up with two local food and beverage entrepreneurs, Ernest Cantillon and Colin Ross, to help him best achieve this. Kinsale Spirit Company is now exporting its award-winning brands to the USA, China, the UAE, Germany and a number of other markets.
It launched its first foray into the exciting Irish Whiskey market with a smooth, mellow and multi-award winning range of triple-casked Irish Whiskeys, The Battle of Kinsale Series, beginning with Red Earl Irish Whiskey, followed by Great Earl Single Grain and Spanish Earl Single Malt Irish Whiskeys. This has now been complemented by the blended Wild Atlantic Irish Whiskey range, IPA and Rechar barrel finishes, delivering premium, award-winning whiskey at a reasonable price.
The future plans for the Company include the development of its core brands and the construction of a distillery and, eventually, a visitor centre in Kinsale, Co. Cork.