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Buffalo Trace Parent Company Acquires Irish Whiskey Distillery

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Last Updated on June 20, 2022 by Lydia Martin

Sazerac Company, the owner of American whiskey brand Buffalo Trace, has just signed a deal to buy Lough Gill Distillery in Count Sligo, Ireland. The company also announced the arrival of industry legend Helen Mulholland, former Bushmills master blender. 

“The acquisition will allow us to fully expand as a world-class tourist destination and will have significant long-term economic and tourism benefits for Sligo, which for me has been a private target,” said David Raethorne, founder of Lough Gill. . Distillery”. This is a major announcement for Sligo and a vote of confidence in the possibility of Sligo becoming a major player in the burgeoning global Irish whisky market. “

This is not Sazerac’s first venture into the Irish market, as it already counts Paddy’s Irish Whiskey [1] among the company’s more than 450 brands across the globe. What stood out in the announcement was Sazerac’s plan to establish an actual home on the Emerald Isle along with a refurbishment plan – similar to what it did to the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfurt, Kentucky, and the Sazerac House near Canal Street in New Orleans. 

“The history of the Lough Gill Distillery, dating back to the eighteenth century, will be an integral cornerstone in the recovery and storytelling of this site,” said Mark Brown, president and chief executive officer of Sazerac. “We look forward to preserving history, delighting our regular visitors with the stories we share, and further expanding expansion opportunities for Paddy, Michael Collins, and Athrú whiskies. “

Hazelwood House, a Palladian-style country mansion that dates back to the 1700s, will be the architectural centerpiece of the new 100-acre property. Sazerac expects to welcome more than 150,000 annual visitors after extensive renovations. 

Sazerac [2] plans to expand Lough Gill Distillery’s production capacity through additional warehouses and bottling lines. As part of the deal, the company will take over the global distribution of the Irish whiskey’s Athrú logo. Sazerac aims to keep Lough Gill’s existing team members in their positions. 

Along with the acquisition, it was also announced that former Bushmills Master Blender, Helen Mulholland, is joining the team. Helen recently became the first woman to be given a Chairman’s Award for her excellent contribution to the Irish whiskey industry. She is also the first woman to be inducted into the International Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame. 

“It’s a really exciting time for Lough Gill Distillery,” remarked Mulholland in a prepared statement. “I am very honored to be joining the team as it becomes the home of Paddy, Michael Collins, and Athrú whiskies. The distillery, location, and incredible team already in place made this a very easy decision.”

“I look forward to bringing my knowledge as a Master Blender to the table to enable us to make some world-class Irish whiskeys,” she added.

References:

  1. https://www.sazerac.com/our-brands/sazerac-brands/paddy.html
  2. https://www.sazerac.com/
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