Resurrecting the Lost Art of Irish Whiskey Bonding

 
Former Whiskey Bonders Now Pubs

Former Whiskey Bonders Now Pubs

Our vision is to emulate the conditions of  ageing used by whiskey bonders of old whilst applying modern day know-how and thereby resurrect many of the lost flavours of Independent Irish Whiskey and to bring them to market for the modern whiskey drinker.

There was a time when every town in Ireland had its own particular flavour of whiskey. The Golden Age of Irish whiskey saw hundreds of distilleries operating on the Island of Ireland. There were not many brands of Whiskey at that time, rather most distilleries simply made their whiskey and sold it wholesale to grocers for bonding.. These grocers would travel to their local distillery with their barrels, have them filled up with new make whiskey and then cart them home and store them for ageing or blending. Because so much of whiskeys' flavour comes from the barrel it is aged in and the climate where that barrel is stored, this meant that there was huge variety of regional flavours within Irish Whiskey. The Irish Whiskey industry collapsed in the early 1900's and with it came the closure of all but 4 distilleries in Ireland. Those distilleries owned by multinational organisations have made almost all the Irish Whiskey produced ever since. They created individual whiskey brands and turned off the tap to Grocers thereby shutting down the practice of Whiskey Bonding.

 

 
Lost Irish Whiskey Brands

Lost Irish Whiskey Brands

The end of bonding meant the end of true flavour variety in Irish Whiskey. It also meant the end of independence and the great variety that once existed in Irish Whiskey has been lost for over 100 years. We want to be a part of changing all that. Taking inspiration from the enterprising Whiskey Bonders of the 1800's we are resurrecting their business model for the 21st century. We are applying modern day know how to create the highest quality whiskey  for the modern drinker.