The O’Shaughnessy Distilling Co. (OSDC), a family-owned distillery located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has announced the distribution of Keeper’s Heart Irish + American Whiskey into Ireland.
Created by Brian Nation, formerly master distiller for Irish whiskeys including Jameson, Redbreast and Midleton, Keeper’s Heart Irish + American Whiskey launched in 2021 and subsequently expanded its portfolio with Keeper’s Heart Irish + Bourbon.
Keeper’s Heart will be available exclusively from Barry & Fitzwilliam at off-licences across the country, including Bradleys, in Cork, Molloys, in Dublin, Redmonds of Ranelagh, the Celtic Whiskey Shop, Carry Out, the Offie, in Cork, Irish Malts and WinesoftheWorld.ie.
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Speaking about the foundation of the O’Shaughnessy Distilling Co., co-founder Patrick O’Shaughnessy said, “What started as an O’Shaughnessy family reunion became the birthplace of Keeper’s Heart, a celebration of our family’s Irish-American heritage.
“Our great-great-grandfather came to the United States from Ireland, and our large extended family has stayed close to our Irish roots. Keeper’s Heart was created to celebrate that. We are extremely proud of the Keeper’s Heart team and the reception the brand has received since we launched. It has made it possible to continue to grow Keeper’s Heart and evolve the liquid offerings, and now, as we begin international distribution, Ireland was at the top of the list. We hope the Irish people enjoy what we have created as much as the American drinkers have.”
Master distiller Nation, who was born and raised in Cork City, said, “I never thought I’d leave Ireland until I met the O’Shaughnessy family and heard what they wanted to create.
“Their vision was inspiring, and together, along with American whiskey visionary David Perkins, we’ve created an innovative liquid portfolio and a brand that celebrates family, and heritage. Keeper’s Heart is my passion project, and I’m proud to return home to share with my friends and family what we’ve been up to across the pond.”
O’Shaughnessy Distilling Co. CEO Mike Duggan said, “From the beginning, our goal has been to put Keeper’s Heart on the world whiskey map, and today we begin expanding into international markets, sharing our story, our proud Irish-American heritage, and our award-winning liquid portfolio with the global whiskey community. Beginning that journey in Ireland is the perfect first step.”
Commenting on the distribution agreement for Keeper’s Heart, Michael Barry, managing director of Barry & Fitzwilliam, said, “We are very proud to be distributing such innovative whiskeys created by the master distiller Brian Nation, and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”
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