We are very proud to announce the launch of Wayward Irish Spirits, our whiskey company based at Lakeview Estate. This has been a long planned reconnection with the O'Connell family's long association with importing spirits into County Kerry (not always totally legally, it must be admitted!)


We are working towards being Ireland's most beautifully situated Single Estate Grain to Glass Distillery with a premium visitor experience. Last year we harvested our first crop of Estate Barley and had it malted and distilled into Pot Still spirit. This returned to our bonded Warehouse in the old farm buildings in March for its long maturation before it can be called whiskey.


In the meantime, we've sourced some of Ireland's best Malt and Grain whiskey which we are finishing in casks previously used for Tawny and Ruby Port. Finishing is the art and science of refining and improving a whiskey by selecting different casks for a limited period to give it a different flavour profile. We're finding that the special microclimate of the Estate, with the influence of the Gulf Stream, lakes and mountains, has a fantastic effect on the important interplay between the whiskey and the wooden casks.


Our first whiskey, likely to be a Single Malt Whiskey finished in Tawny port casks, will be released later this year as 'The Liberator Irish Whiskey' in honour of our kinsman, Daniel O'Connell, the towering figure in Ireland's 19th century history.


There's a lot more information on our website: www.waywardirish.com



A: Fossa, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland
M: +44 7956 317030