Matt D’Arcy Irish Whiskey was originally established in 1817 and over the next century became a global brand. The whiskey was enjoyed in places like America, Australia and across Europe.
The distillery was based in the heart of the historic Newry City, which is on the east coast of Ireland, halfway between Belfast and Dublin. Newry has a long history of whiskey production dating back to at least 1575. However research also claims that the tradition of distilling was said to have begun in the Cistercian Monastery which preceded the establishment of Newry in 1144.
Like many Irish whiskey companies, the business did not survive the trading conditions of the early 20 th century and closed in 1918.
Now, after a 100-year absence, the brand has been revived by Newry businessman and Historian Michael McKeown. The company’s longer-term plan is to re-establish a working distillery on the original Matt D’Arcy site. The project will also include a visitor’s centre, Victorian bar and restaurant. Construction tenders are expected to be issued in 2021.
Matt D’Arcy released three whiskies in 2020 and have picked up an impressive set of awards. Their super premium 17-year-old single malt rum cask finish was voted best Irish whiskey at the internationally acclaimed San Francisco World Spirits competition 2020. This was then repeated at the Las Vegas International Whiskey Competition.