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Unleashing the Spirit of Ireland: Lir Irish Whiskey Crosses the Atlantic 

Unleashing the Spirit of Ireland: Lir Irish Whiskey Crosses the Atlantic to Captivate American Whiskey Enthusiasts! 

Glens of Antrim Distillery based in Cushendall, County Antrim has completed their first shipment of Lir Green Crest into America, shipping 7,000 bottles into the states ahead of a busy summer season. 

This marks a major milestone for the Cushendall based company that launched in March 2022. The company has gained a reputation for its commitment to quality, authenticity and innovation in Ireland. 

Since their launch in 2022, Glens of Antrim Distillery’s premium Irish Whiskey has been available to purchase across retail locations, bars, and restaurants all over the Island of Ireland and is now available to American whiskey enthusiasts. 

Michael McKillop, Co-Founder of Glens of Antrim Distillery said “During my recent visit to New York and New Jersey I met with dozens of new clients and forged many great relationships with our new customers”. 

“Over the last decade, Irish whiskey has led the alcoholic drinks sector, consistently recording the highest growth across all spirits with Irish Whiskey sales forecast to reach 300 million bottles per annum by 2030. We believe our brand will resonate with American consumers who appreciate the tradition and craftsmanship that goes into making our whiskey.” 

The team at Glens of Antrim Distillery has worked tirelessly to ensure its products meet the stringent requirements of the US markets such as labelling, packaging and export hurdles just to name a few. 

The export launch includes Lir Green Crest, a blended whiskey that has been matured in triple cask. Green Crest has been carefully crafted using only the finest ingredients and traditional Irish distilling techniques. This whiskey boasts a nose of mellow hints of apple, toffee and cacao and its palate consists of toffee, vanilla and chocolate notes with a rich, warming and slight malt finish bringing a little taste of Ireland to the American market. 

Mary McKillop Co-Founder said, “It was always our intention to scale the brand and we are always open to new opportunities! Currently we are in the planning stages for our new distillery building at our home in Cushendall which will bring a new tourism offering to the Antrim Glens with distillery tours and a restaurant as well as creating employment in the local area”.

Michael McKillop on a recent visit to New York.
Glens of Antrim Distillery’s Lir Green Crest.
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Maurice Bradley