Bishops Water Irish Whiskey Claimed


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Bishop’s Water Distillery was an Irish whiskey distillery which operated in Wexford, Ireland between 1827 and 1914. The distillery was named for a stream which ran along the back of the distillery, the Bishop’s Water, said to possess “various occult properties derived from the blessings of the sainted Bishop of Ferns”.

Constructed at a cost of £30,000, the distillery was reported to be “reckoned the most perfect and complete of the kind in Ireland”. In 1833, just a few years after it opened, the distillery recorded an output of about 200,000 gallons per annum . However, output had fallen to just 110,000 gallons per annum in 1886, when the distillery was visited by Alfred Barnard, as recorded in his seminal 1887 publication “The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom”. This was amongst the lowest output of any distillery operating in Ireland at the time, and far below the potential output of 250,000 gallons per annum reported when the distillery was offered for sale as a going concern in 1909. The distillery’s whiskey, Barnard noted, was highly appreciated locally, and in the British cities where it was exported.