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A rare opportunity to own a cask of Irish whiskey history from Micil Distillery


Galway’s first only operational whiskey distillery, Micil Distillery has announced their Síolta Mhicil cask offering. Members of the public will have the opportunity to purchase one of only 240 handmade 50 litre casks with the choice of 3 unique mash bills (recipes) and 5 distinct cask types. Each cask will cost €3,300 prior to VAT and excise duty (which is paid after maturation), and will yield approximately 90 bottles of bespoke whiskey if bottled at a strength of 46% ABV. There is also the option to bottle at cask strength although that will yield a lower number of bottles.

Síolta Mhicil members will purchase a cask of their chosen spirit which will be distilled and matured for 4 years by Micil Distillery, after which the mature whiskey will be both hand bottled and labelled with a personalised Micil Irish Whiskey label for the member’s own personal enjoyment.

The Micil family have been crafting exceptional Irish spirits on the shores of Galway Bay for over 170 years, handing down traditions, skills and recipes from generation to generation.  During the 1700s and 1800s Galway had over 22 legal whiskey distilleries, while Connemara was home to the most Irish of all distilling traditions, illicit ‘fuisce’ made in small copper pot stills. The Micil team are now drawing on these traditions and recipes, creating innovative whiskeys that combine the best of the past with the finest ingredients that our land has to offer.

Commenting on the landmark offering, founder Pádraic Ó Griallais said,

Síolta Mhicil translates as The Seeds of Micil, though a more poetic translation (and one we prefer) is Micil’s Beginnings. We’re extremely proud to be inviting people to join our journey, and to support our growth through ownership of a one-off batch of extraordinary Irish whiskey.

Micil’s in-house whiskey specialist, Mark McLaughlin, adds

Every drop of Síolta Mhicil whiskey will be produced here in Galway over the next two years. It will be brewed from 100% Irish grain, malted & peated using turf from the Micil family land in Connemara, and double distilled using our single 500L copper pot still. Whatever your choice of grains, whiskey style and cask type, you’ll be one of a small number of owners of this exclusive, personalised expression of Micil Irish Whiskey, and will possess a unique drop of Irish distilling history.

Highlights of the offering are:

  • Mash bills using varying amounts of barley, oats, wheat and rye resulting in a choice of 3 styles of whiskey: Peated Malt, Peated Pot Still and Heritage
  • These will be the only casks from their Salthill Distillery ever offered to the public.
  • Choice of 5 distinct cask types – Bourbon, Oloroso, Pedro Ximenez, Port, Virgin Chestnut


Micil Pádraic Ó Griallais, Sixth generation Connemara distiller


For over 170 years the family craft has been handed down through each generation using Irish, which is still the spoken language at the distillery today, and the Micil family represents Ireland’s longest unbroken family distilling tradition.

The Síolta Mhicil casks are available to purchase by contacting  siolta@micil.ie, and you’ll find more information at http://www.micildistillery.com.


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