50% of The Pogues Irish whiskey will remain with the band

50% of The Pogues Irish whiskey will remain with the band

UK drinks company Halewood International has purchased a 50% share in The Pogues Irish Whiskey, as it strengthens its ties with West Cork Distillers.

The company said today that the remaining half will continue to be owned by The Pogues band members Shane MacGowan, Jem Finer, Andrew Ranken, Spider Stacy, James Fearnley, Terry Woods, and Darryl Hunt. The sale was completed last month, although financial details were not disclosed. 

The whiskey was developed and produced by West Cork Distillers. The liquid is a blend comprising 50% ten-year single malt aged in Sherry oak casks along with seven-year-old single malt aged in Bourbon oak casks and 50% four-year Irish grain whiskey aged in Bourbon oak casks.

West Cork Distillers will continue to produce the whiskey and to hold global distribution rights. However, Halewood will distribute the brand in its core markets, which include the UK, South Africa, Romania, China and Global Travel Retail. Halewood was named UK distributor at the brand's launch last year.

Halewood International group CEO, Stewart Hainsworth said: "This acquisition further strengthens our close partnership with West Cork Distillers. We already distribute the West Cork Irish Whiskey brand range in the UK and throughout our network, while West Cork Distillers distributes Halewood's brands in Eire."

Irish whiskey has seen many new players enter the category in recent years, with Bruichladdich's former head, Mark Reynier, among the latest to begin distilling in the country.

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