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McConnell's Belfast Born - Restoring the legend!

McConnell’s Irish Whisky was first established

in Belfast in 1776 and was a hugely successful

brand for over 150 years.

Now the brand is reborn and the team

at Belfast Distillery Company are immersed

in “Restoring The Legend” - Brothers John

and James McConnell would be happy that

the business they built in Belfast years

ago, is once more in excellent spirits.

Aged 5 years, McConnell’s is a fine blend of

Irish malt and grain whiskies which have been

gently rested in select bourbon casks, bringing

beautiful overtones of vanilla sweetness, ripe

fruits, butterscotch, and pepper spice . . .

What about the 'e'?

In the 1800’s, some of Ireland’s distillers began to use the ‘e’ to differentiate from their Celtic Whisky cousins across the Irish Sea. Scotch had become a major player in the export market, and some thought by adding the letter ‘e’ to the Irish category it would make it stand out versus Scotch. McConnell’s Whisky brand, founded in 1776, predates the change and as it was already such an iconic brand with 125 years of production, brothers’ James and John decided to keep with tradition and never included the “e”. This is a tradition that the team at Belfast Distillery Company have maintained. SLÁINTE


Our signature blended Irish Whisky is aged for 5 long years in handpicked, 1st fill, ex-bourbon barrels which add a delicate, subtle sweetness to the whisky and also provide a deep oak woodiness and light char to the finish.

Nose: Light citrus notes, peppered spice and vanilla undertones. Taste: Earthy fruits, butterscotch and vanilla sweetness from bourbon barrels, white pepper followed by an oak woodiness. Finish: Sweet, spice, oak, with lingering ripe fruits.

Cocktail time: The Dunbar Street Sour

  • 40 ml McConnell’s Irish Whisky

  • 10 ml Elderflower liqueur

  • 15 ml Lime juice

  • 15 ml Sugar Syrup

  • a sprinkle of salt

How to Make It:

Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice

and shake vigorously. Strain over ice into a

chilled rocks glass and garnish with a lime peel.

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