The new Tullamore D.E.W. distillery should begin operations next year

The new Tullamore D.E.W. distillery should begin operations next year

Construction of the Tullamore D.E.W. distillery in its namesake town in Ireland continues apace, with the William Grant & Sons-owned brand getting official recognition for the building work this week.

While the building of the new distillery, originally announced in March last year, began in late-2012, the Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney T.D. officially “turned the sod” on the facility yesterday (12 September), said William Grant. Construction should be completed next year, with operations expected to start in September 2014, a spokesperson for the company told just-drinks today.

William Grant said it has initially invested EUR35m (US$46.6m) to “meet the long-term production demands for Tullamore D.E.W”. The company bought the Irish whiskey brand from C&C Group in 2010.

“As the second-largest selling Irish whiskey worldwide, Tullamore D.E.W. plays a significant role in the success of our overall business,” said William Grant CEO Stella David. “When we acquired the brand in 2010 we felt it was important to strengthen the link with Tullamore, which we have done through the distillery and the new Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre which reopened last year. We are proud to be bringing whiskey distilling back to Tullamore for the first time in 60 years.”

The original Tullamore distillery in the town closed in 1954.