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Mangrove UK adds Clonakilty Irish Whiskey to spirits portfolio


Premium drinks importer and distributor Mangrove UK has welcomed multi-award-winning Clonakilty Irish Whiskey into its portfolio.


Founded by Michael and Helen Scully, whose family has been farming in Ireland for nine generations, Clonakilty has a waterfront distillery and warehouse perched on Scully farmland on the island’s southwest coast.


The Scullys started distilling in 2019 using their own barley and won their first award within a year, when the distillery was awarded Best Irish New Make Single Pot Still at the World Whiskies Awards 2020.


Clonakilty’s core cask finish series comprises three expressions, all 43.6% ABV: Double Oak, the flagship product finished in ex-red wine barrels from Bordeaux; Port Cask, finished in casks from the Duoro Valley in Portugal; and Single Grain Bordeaux, finished in selected Bordeaux casks.


As well as its distillery and warehouse, Clonakilty has a £10 million visitor experience, facilities including private tours and tastings, a shop and a restaurant at its site. It is a supporter of Whale and Dolphin Conservation and a member of Origin Green. Alongside its whiskeys it also makes Minke Gin, inspired by the minke whales which swim off Ireland’s Atlantic coastline.


Michael Scully said: “As a genuine Irish Atlantic Ocean distillery, we feel our award-winning spirits offer a pretty unique experience for discerning customers. We are excited to be working in partnership with Mangrove UK and expanding our offerings into the UK market.”

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Nick Gillett, managing director at Mangrove UK, added: “This is an amazing whiskey. The number of awards that the Clonakilty Distillery has won in just two years highlights the exceptional qualities of this whiskey. A perfect brand for the on-trade, we also expect demand online and for independent retailers to be strong.”


Pictured are Helen and Michael Scully of Clonakilty Distillery.

27 October 2020 – Bethany Whymark

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