McConnell’s Irish Whisky Opens Art Distillery And Visitor Experience

By Robert McHugh
McConnell’s Irish Whisky Opens Art Distillery And Visitor Experience

McConnell’s Irish Whisky celebrated the opening of a new, state-of-the-art distillery and visitor experience in the A-Wing of the Crumlin Road Gaol last week.

To celebrate the occasion, the McConnell’s team has announced the launch of a 20-year-old single-malt whiskey, the first release from its Old Cromac Collection.

Old Cromac Collection

“This very special whiskey marks the first of our Old Cromac Collection series of limited releases, which are rich in flavour and limited in number,” said Graeme Millar, master distiller at the McConnell’s Distillery.

“Each bottle encapsulates the spirit of innovation and pursuit of excellence that characterised the exceptional quality of our predecessors, which is now being continued, with passion and pride, in our new North Belfast home.”

Limited Release

This 2024 limited release – named after the original Old Cromac Distillery, which was founded over 200 years ago, on the southern side of the River Lagan – will feature only 13 casks globally.


The Old Cromac Collection 2024 release has been matured for 19 years in ex-bourbon casks and finished for an extra year in tawny port casks, with each bottle bearing a unique cask reference and bottle number.

‘Across The World’

The 2024 release, unveiled this week, has been drawn from cask number #4540 and bottled at a cask strength of 52.2% ABV, to preserve the authentic flavour profile of this Irish single-malt whiskey.

The total allocation for Northern Ireland is only 375 bottles, with 258 bottles being available to purchase outside of the new McConnell’s Distillery.

“It is enormously satisfying to produce such a consistently high-quality, premium liquid that I know our consumers across the world will enjoy,” said master distiller Millar.