In 2003 an experienced food and drinks engineer had a dream to open his own distillery.
Having spent years working in the food and drinks industry as a mad scientist he imagined he could turn his talents to something more tasteful.
His two friends, life long fishermen, had hit troubled waters and lost their livelihoods in a depressed fisheries business. Circumstance had now bought them together and the 3 men decided it was time to go for a drink. The 3 friends sat at the bar and it was the beginning of a great story and a wonderful journey.
That night West Cork Distillers was born.
The Distillery started in Union Hall in 2003 and in April 2004 the first bottle of Kennedy’s Irish Whiskey went down the line. Since then they have gone from strength to strength establishing themselves as leaders in technology and innovation. In 2013 they moved The Distillery to a new larger premise in Skibbereen, West Cork which has allowed them to expand to meet the growing demand for their products. WCD produces Irish whiskey (blended, pot still and single malt), poitin, vodka and gin.
WCD are one of very few distilleries in Ireland to use spring water (non municipal water in the production) and only to process barley and wheat. They are also the only distillery in Ireland to malt their own barley.
They now sell in over 35 countries worldwide and this is growing all the time.