Halewood Group acquires 50% stake in The Pogues Irish Whiskey

17 March, 2016

Halewood International has purchased a 50% stake in The Pogues Irish Whiskey, with the famous Irish band retaining ownership of the remaining 50%.

West Cork Distillers, one of only two independently owned and operated distilleries in Ireland, developed The Pogues Irish Whiskey in 2015. While West Cork Distillers continues to hold global distribution rights, it has awarded independent drinks manufacturer and distributor, Halewood, the distribution rights for Halewood core markets, including UK, RSA, Romania, China and Global Travel Retail. 

The Pogues Irish Whiskey is a unique blend of 50% 10-year single malt Irish whiskey aged in sherry oak casks and seven year old single malt Irish whiskey aged in bourbon oak casks and 50% four year Irish grain whiskey aged in bourbon oak casks. The liquid has an aroma of malts and cracked nuts, with a sweet taste and a smooth, intense flavour.

Commenting on the acquisition of The Pogues Irish Whiskey, Halewood International Group Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Hainsworth said: “This acquisition further strengthens our close partnership with West Cork Distillers. We already distribute the West Cork Irish Whiskey brand range in the UK and throughout our network and West Cork Distillers distribute Halewood brands in Eire. The Pogues Irish Whiskey is a premium whiskey that adds its own distinct, rebellious character to our spirits portfolio.”

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