Partners Walsh Whiskey and Illva Saronno split up

Distillery and Whiskeylabels Writer'sTears and The Irishman no longer under one roof

With immediate effect, the Irish company Walsh Whiskey and the Italian partner Illva Saronno, which each held a 50 percent stake in the Walsh Whiskey Distillery, split up their business. The press release speaks about different ideas about the future development of the company being the reason for the breakup.

Bernhard and Rosemary Walsh founded Walsh Whiskey in 1999 and have been very successful in building the global distribution of their labels Writer's Tears and The Irishman. In 2013, the Italian company Illva Saronno invested 25 million Euros and has since held a 50% share in the company. This investment allowed the construction of the Walsh Whiskey Distillery in Royal Oak, which opened in 2016. Grain, malt and Irish Pot Still Whiskey are produced here.

The separation of the two business partners results in the separation of distillery and whiskey labels: Illva Saronno will remain the owner of the distillery, which will be renamed Royal Oak Distillery, and will continue to operate both the production area and the visitor center. Walsh Whiskey retains the rights to the whiskey labels and will continue its original business of trading.


Photo: Walsh Whiskey Distillery