The Liberties, Dublin City

The Dublin Liberties Distillery is nestled in the heart of Dublin’s historic distilling district called the Liberties. The Liberties is a place where every stone tells a story. History is buried deep within its walls. It was the bedrock for the working class people of Dublin, whether you were high in society, low in society, no matter what your vice was everyone wanted to be in the Liberties. In the late 1800’s/1900’s there Liberties was the hub for creatives, thinkers, distillers, brewers….there were no rules.

An area known for centuries as ‘Hell’. This wild and wayward quarter of old Dublin, nestled outside the city walls, was notorious for mayhem and riotous behaviour with danger and intrigue waiting on every cobbled corner. But it was industrious too. Alongside the old distilleries were weaving mills, forges, printing-presses, tanneries and illicit taverns. Everyone from tradesmen, low born visitors and the cream of society were all welcome

The Dublin Liberties Distillery

The distillery building dates back to the 1700s and is a testament to the industry of the area – it was originally a mill, and for many years a tannery which specialized in rabbit skins. It tells a centuries-old story which today, as the Liberties takes another step, is in many ways reminiscent of the heyday of masterful Dublin whiskey-making, that is again becoming renowned the world over. The Distillery is a state of the art craft Irish whiskey distillery which also hosts an exceptional visitor experience and brand home for our Irish whiskeys. the distillery will craft 100% malted barley to be laid down for our whiskey brands, the award-winning Dubliner and Dublin Liberties whiskeys.

The Dublin Liberties distillery boasts six tonne mashing, triple distillation with capacity for 10k litres in the first still and 6k litres in the second and third still, and capacity to produce over 700,000 litres of whiskey annually. We source all our malt from Irish farmers and draw our water from our own well within the distillery, which fell as rainwater here over 10,000 years ago. We have specified our yeast strain, and while our fermentation and distillation take longer than most, we believe it produces an unparalleled spirit, perfect for making Irish whiskey. Our whiskey is matured in special whiskey warehouses, managed by our dynamic team until the whiskey is ready to be released. Irish Whiskey needs a minimum of three years to mature, but we will leave our premium whiskey to age for longer. We age The Liberties whiskey in a variety of casks and also create bespoke finishes for our different whiskey variants.

The Dublin Liberties Irish Whiskey – Our Story

The Dublin Liberties range is inspired by the stories and the streets of the Dublin Liberties distillery.
This range allows us to establish a clear connection to the city and weave a common story, threading the range together, giving us something ownable and unique in Irish whiskey, rooted in our corner stone on Mill Street, the Dublin Liberties Distillery.

The Dublin Liberties IRISH whiskeys

Oak Devil
5 Year Old Irish Whiskey

The Liberties area was driven by industry, legal and not, where tanners, distillers and merchants traded side by side, where brothels, illicit taverns and gambling houses were loved by criminals and the cream of society alike. This area in the Liberties became known as Hell. To enter hell, you needed to walk under an archway where a carved Oak Devil stood, and this is where our tales begin.  

On the label the Oak Devil stands watch proudly over the first of our Liberties Irish Whiskeys – a 5 year old blend of malt and grain whiskey ages in bourbon casks. The perfect choice in a whiskey old fashioned.

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Copper Alley
10 Year Old Irish Whiskey

Copper is our 10 year old Single Malt, matured in bourbon casks and finished in 30 year old sweet oloroso sherry casks. Now lost to the ages – Copper Alley was the oldest street in Dublin, named after the coin that was first minted there in the 17th century.
The Label is inspired by the colour of the coin that was minted on that street and its Celtic Irish origins.

The award winning Copper Alley is a limited edition.

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Murder Lane
13 Year Old Irish Whiskey

Our 13 year old is matured in bourbon casks and finished in Hungarian Tokaj sweet wine casks. Murder lane has been called after an unmarked alleyway known as Murdering Lane, that connects Bow street and James Street.

This lane is near what are know as cut throat lane and Catpurse Lane, and part of one of the famed sets of the Forty Steps of the Liberties, of which there are actually on 39. There is evidence and lore to show that in the early 1600’s many men, women and children met a very unfortunate end on that lane.

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Keeper’s Coin
16 Year Old Irish Whiskey

In the 1600’s under Christ church cathedral, there were a series of crypts that were used as illicit drinking dens.

The Cellar Keepers each had their own coins and casks – which is where the name Keepers Coin derives from.

Very recently, excavations under Christ Church Cathedral have unearthed a purse full of silver coins and a number of leather bottles still containing alcohol.

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