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Quiet Man opens Derry's first new whiskey distillery in 150 years

Published:  10 August, 2015

Cream liqueur manufacturer Niche Drinks is to open a distillery in Derry, Northern Ireland, the city's first in 150 years.

Niche Drinks is launching two new products which will be manufactured at the distillery, an eight-year-old single malt and a blended whiskey.

Both will appear under the company's new Quiet Man brand.

The project is both a personal and a commercial concern for Niche Drinks managing director, Ciaran Mulgrew.

Mulgrew's father, John, was a barman in Belfast and County Tyrone and the whiskey is named in his honour. It will feature an image of John Mulgrew on its label.

Mulgrew said: "I grew up loving the sounds and smells of the bar, the craic, the laughter and the smell of the beer and the whiskey. Especially the whiskey.

Quiet Man bottle

"Now that I am making my own whiskey I am naming it after my father.

"In 50 years as a bartender he saw a lot of things and heard a lot of stories, but like all good bartenders, he was true to his code and told no tales."

Founded in 1983, Niche Drinks' principal product is St Brendan's Irish Cream liqueurs.

The new plant will be named the Quiet Man Craft Irish Whiskey Distillery.

The Quiet Man range will be distributed by Drinks Inc.