The Great Northern Distillery W.D. O'Connell Bill Phil 7 Years Old Cask M201901 53% NV

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Distillery The Great Northern Distillery
Bottler W.D. O'Connell Whiskey Merchants
Serie Bill Phil Peated Series
Bottled for Germany, Luxembourg & the Netherlands
Distilled date 2016
Bottling date 05.2023
Country Ireland
Region Ireland
Age 7
Cask Type Marsala Cask
Cask Number M201901
Alcohol percentage 53
Volume 0,70
Label Perfect
Stock 2

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W.D. O'Connell Bill Phil 7 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey: A Peated Masterpiece from The Great Northern Distillery

In the world of whiskey, few bottles hold the allure and intrigue of the W.D. O'Connell Bill Phil 7 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Cask M201901. This remarkable expression, distilled in 2016 and bottled in May 2023, is part of the Bill Phill Peated Series, carefully crafted by the independent Irish bottler, W.D. O'Connell Whiskey Merchants. With a bold 53% alcohol content, this whiskey promises a sensory adventure for enthusiasts and collectors alike, and it is exclusively available for those in Germany, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.

Origins in Dundalk Brewing & Distilling

The story of this exceptional whiskey begins in the historic town of Dundalk, nestled in Co. Louth, Ireland. Blessed with access to the purest water from the nearby Cooley Mountains, Dundalk has long been a hub for both brewing and distilling. As early as the late 1600s, breweries thrived in the area, nurturing a passion for fine spirits.

One of the town's historical gems was The Dundalk Distillery, which operated from 1708 to 1926. Though no longer producing whiskey, two of its buildings, the grain store, and maltings, have been lovingly preserved and now house the County Museum and Dundalk Library, paying homage to the town's proud distilling heritage.

The Great Northern Distillery: A New Chapter

Fast forward to more recent times, and we find ourselves at The Great Northern Distillery, situated on the grounds of the former Great Northern Brewery in Dundalk. The original brewery dates back to 1896, with a fascinating history of producing various beverages, including stout and ale.

In the late 1950s, responding to rising demand for lager, Guinness undertook a transformation, converting the brewery into a modern lager operation, giving birth to the renowned Harp Lager. The Great Northern Brewery went on to become the second-largest brewery in Ireland until its closure in 2013. However, in 2015, the site was reborn as The Great Northern Distillery.

The Journey of Irish Whiskey

Irish whiskey has an illustrious history, intertwined with the culture and traditions of the Emerald Isle. The word "whiskey" itself stems from the Irish Gaelic phrase "uisce beatha," meaning "water of life," which was later Latinized as "aqua vitae." During the 19th century, Ireland enjoyed a golden age of whiskey, boasting a staggering 60% of global whiskey sales and over 1,000 distilleries scattered across the island.

However, a series of unfortunate events, including economic challenges and political setbacks, led to a decline in the Irish whiskey industry. This decline allowed Scotland to surpass Ireland and become the world's largest whiskey producer. By 1972, only three distilleries were operational on the island, all under the umbrella of Irish Distillers.

The Irish Whiskey Resurgence

Thankfully, the late 1980s marked a turning point for Irish whiskey, heralding a renaissance in the industry. Pioneered by visionaries like John Teeling, the Cooley Distillery, established in the late 1980s, breathed new life into Irish whiskey. Since then, Irish whiskey has experienced a remarkable resurgence, becoming the fastest-growing brown spirit in global sales. Moreover, the establishment of new Irish distilleries further reflects the industry's renewed vigor and dedication to producing exceptional spirits.

W.D. O'Connell Whiskey Merchants: Elevating Irish Whiskey

W.D. O'Connell Whiskey Merchants, an independent Irish bottler, has played a crucial role in elevating Irish whiskey to new heights. Renowned for their meticulous cask selection and bottling, the brand seeks to showcase the diverse and exceptional range of flavors that Irish whiskey can offer.

The Bill Phill Peated Series: A Tribute to Tradition

The W.D. O'Connell Bill Phil 7 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Cask M201901 is a proud addition to the Bill Phill Peated Series. This series is a tribute to the traditional peated Irish whiskey style, harkening back to the roots of Irish distilling. Each bottling in the series is a testament to the craft of peat-influenced Irish whiskey, appealing to both seasoned collectors and adventurous drinkers alike.


The W.D. O'Connell Bill Phil 7 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Cask M201901 is a rare gem that encapsulates the essence of Irish whiskey-making, from the rich history of Dundalk to the vibrant resurgence of Irish whiskey on the global stage. Distilled at The Great Northern Distillery and lovingly bottled by W.D. O'Connell Whiskey Merchants, this peated masterpiece stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of Irish whiskey.

For whiskey enthusiasts in Germany, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, securing a bottle of this limited edition release is a chance to savor the craftsmanship, heritage, and unparalleled flavor that defines Irish whiskey. As we raise our glasses to W.D. O'Connell Bill Phil Single Malt Irish Whiskey, we celebrate the water of life and the extraordinary journey it takes from the distillery to our hearts and souls.

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