Kinsale Spirit Company characterises what is best about Kinsale, one of Ireland’s most vibrant and beautiful coastal towns. A working port, renowned for its food, drink and active leisure pursuits, Kinsale has a proactivity and sense of community that inspires our products.
Founder and resident of Kinsale, Tom O Riordan, drew on this to establish the Kinsale Spirit Company and begin work on our award-winning brands. He bought a small still and began making small batches of gin with his sister, Clodagh, a qualified distiller, in his kitchen.
Using various botanicals, some traditional, some foraged from the local area, some exotic, over 60 batches, and many sampling sessions with friends and family later, they hit on the the multi award-winning, 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 China, the USA, Europe, the Gulf and a number of other markets.
Kinsale Spirit has launched its first foray into the exciting Irish whiskey market with a smooth and mellow range of Irish whiskeys, The Battle of Kinsale Series, beginning with Red Earl Irish Whiskey, now complemented by Great Earl Single Grain Irish Whiskey and Spanish Earl Single Malt Irish Whiskey and the Wild Atlantic Irish Whiskeys (IPA and Rechar barrel finishes).
The future plans for the company include the development of its core brands and the construction of a distillery in Kinsale, Co. Cork.
Kinsale Spirit Company
5 Sullivan’s Quay
Cork T12 H771