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Killowen Distillery Tour & Tasting

Kilfeaghan Road, Rostrevor, Newry, County Down, BT34 3AW
Killowen Distillery Tour & Tasting

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Located in the heart of the Mourne Mountains, Killowen Distillery has a ‘Kult’ following and an epic history, due in no small part to its great whiskeys and gins. You’ll find it on the slopes of Knock Shee, the path where smugglers took French brandy into Ireland during the Napoleonic Wars.

Until recently this same path was used by local poitín makers (moonshiners) and today, you can experience the craftsmanship behind this once illicit spirit, with an intimate, Meet the Makers tour and tasting experience.

This is Northern Ireland’s smallest distillery, but in it, you’ll find one of the biggest welcomes. The resident piper and story-teller will relate the history of this unique place, with tales of smugglers, a megalithic monument and the world’s tallest man.

Killowen’s native Botanical Gin champions sustainable harvesting from this very locale. In fact, sustainability is the highest priority here, so you’ll find the building itself is made from upcycled materials and maximises the usage of renewable energy.

On the tour, you may taste spirit straight from the still, made from grain from the local area. You’ll engage with botanicals that come from the heart of this place and can harvest your own mint or rosemary to use as a garnish. All before seeing how the distillation process works and tasting the spirits in beautiful surroundings.

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