BRAND DESCRIPTION

Barr an Uisce

The Irish words “Barr an Uisce” literal English translation is “above the water”. It is also the Irish name given to Barraniskey, which is a town land set in the heart of the beautiful County of Wicklow, on the East Coast of Ireland. Known as the Garden of Ireland, Wicklow represents all that is stunning in Irish countryside shaped by glaciers many years ago. With its fresh water streams, rolling hills, lush forests and majestic views, it offers all that is expected when we think of Ireland.

The Irish word “Uisce “ or “water” in English, was used during the time Irish monks first distilled what we now know to be whiskey. They called it “Uisce Beatha” meaning “Water of Life”

The founder of “Barr an Uisce” Irish Whiskey, Ian Jones, comes from a small village called Redcross which lies just below the town land of Barraniskey in County Wicklow.

Redcross, has an interesting history. It was a major stopping point for horse and carts travelling from southern Ireland to Dublin. People who travelled along the East Coast of Ireland found themselves in Redcross. It became a meeting point for gossip, news, culture and music. The village of Redcross and the town land of Barraniskey were both affected by the penal laws many years ago and in 1803 the Barraniskey church was built. The copper coloured Cross still stands in the graveyard in Redcross to this day. This copper cross was the inspiration for our Logo.

Barr an Uisce whiskeys are a celebration of that old traditional Village pub, the hub of the community and are the first Rural Irish Pub to launch their own Whiskey.

Ian’s family history dates back to the 1800’s in Redcross and his family have a long history in the Pub business. Ian’s great grandfather, Tim Dineen, owned a rural family pub in a place called Peak in County Cork, which is on the south west coast of Ireland. Following in the family tradition, Ian’s family-run pub in Redcross, set in the rolling hills of County Wicklow, is a hub of Community activity and life – over one hundred years on from his great-grandfathers story. It is in this pub in Redcross where friends and families come together and enjoy music and laughter in a typical Rural Irish pub.

Awards

Barr an Uisce 1803

  • Ranked #1 in blind taste test of 20 Irish Whiskeys, The New York Times, 2017
  • Double Gold Medal San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017
  • Gold Medal (92 points) JIM MURRAY’S WHISKY BIBLE, 2017
  • Gold Medal Chicago International Whisky Competition, Best Single Malt Irish whiskey 2016
  • Gold Medal International Review of Spirits tastings.com, 2016
  • Gold Medal Micro Liquor Spirit Awards 2016
  • Silver Medal Micro Liquor Package Design, 2016
  • Bronze Medal Chicago International Whisky Competition, Best Irish whiskey in all categories, 2016

Barr an Uisce Wicklow Rare

  • Gold Medal (87,5 points) JIM MURRAY’S WHISKY BIBLE, 2017
  • Silver Medal San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017
  • Gold Medal Micro Liquor Spirit Awards 2016
  • Silver Medal Micro Liquor Package Design, 2016
  • Gold Medal Chicago International Review of Spirits tastings.com, 2016
  • Bronze Medal Chicago International Whisky Competition, Best Blended Irish whiskey 2016

Brand Details

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