Nephin Whiskey

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Historic Milestone as First Nephin Barley Harvested

A historic moment at Nephin Whiskey as the very first crop of Nephin barley is harvested.

Nephin barley harvest

Nephin barley was planted in March by local Farmers and carefully watched all summer as it grew.  As you'll have read in the history of whiskey, there is a five and a half thousand year tradition of growing barley in Mayo, however it has not been common on this scale in recent times.

Nephin barley harvested and ready to be sent for malting

Nephin barley harvested and ready to be sent for malting

The yield (measured by number of tonnes produced per acre of land planted) was above expectations and this is a testament to the skill and attention of the Farmers.

The next step for the barley is to be malted and stored, while the straw will be used for natural packaging in some Nephin Whiskey products but also for animal feed and bedding.

This barley will be used in making the first batch of Nephin Whiskey.  You can still reserve one of the very special bottles of Nephin Whiskey that will be made from this or even reserve a full cask of it.

The pilot program of local Farmers growing barley for Nephin has been successful and will be expanded next year.

This barley, distilled with Nephin mountain water and matured in unique casks from the Nephin Cooperage will produce a very special Whiskey.  Exciting times ahead in Lahardaun, Co. Mayo.

 

 

Westport Chamber Music brings the House down

Nephin Whiskey were delighted to sponsor the opening of the Westport Festival of Chamber Music in the historic surroundings of Westport House.

The sold out concert featured world class performances by renowned musicians Jose Franch-Ballester on clarinet and Charles Owen on piano.

Soprano Sylvia O'Brien gave a stunning rendition of Shostakovich's Seven Romances on verses by Alexander Blok, accompanies by Priya Mitchell on violin, Guy Johnston on cello and Charles Owen on piano.

The evening ended with the Festival's Artistic Directors Catherine Leonard and Hugh Tinney playing violin and piano respectively, joined by Guy Johnston on cello performing the rousing works of Franz Schubert to the thunderous applause of the gathered classical music fans.  

Naturally, we didn't disturb the artists by taking photos during the concert, but have some great shots of the crowds mingling in the halls of Westport House.  If you recognise anyone in the photos, please post a comment and we'll update the caption.

The Stage is set for Westport Festival of Chamber Music opening in Westport House

The Stage is set for Westport Festival of Chamber Music opening in Westport House

The programme of the evenings performances

The programme of the evenings performances

The crowd gathering in the beautiful main entrance hall of Westport House

The crowd gathering in the beautiful main entrance hall of Westport House

Westport Festival of Chamber Music
Westport Festival of Chamber Music
Westport Festival of Chamber Music
Westport Festival of Chamber Music
Westport Festival of Chamber Music
Westport Festival of Chamber Music
Westport Festival of Chamber Music
From L to R: Paul Davis managing director Nephin Whiskey, Hugh Tinney pianist and artistic director and John Neilly, Master Cooper Nephin Whiskey.

From L to R: Paul Davis managing director Nephin Whiskey, Hugh Tinney pianist and artistic director and John Neilly, Master Cooper Nephin Whiskey.

From L to R: Hugh Tinney pianist, Catherine Leonard violinist, Charles Owen pianist, Slyvia O'Brien soprano, Jose Franch-Ballester clarinetist and Mark Quick from Nephin Whiskey.

From L to R: Hugh Tinney pianist, Catherine Leonard violinist, Charles Owen pianist, Slyvia O'Brien soprano, Jose Franch-Ballester clarinetist and Mark Quick from Nephin Whiskey.

A meeting of traditional crafts: Gary Leahy traditional bowmaker from Newport with John Neilly Master Coooper at Nephin Whiskey.

A meeting of traditional crafts: Gary Leahy traditional bowmaker from Newport with John Neilly Master Coooper at Nephin Whiskey.

Nephin Whiskey supporting the Arts

Cllr. Michael Holmes, Cathaoirleach Mayo County Council was on hand to launch the Westport Festival of Chamber Music in Holy Trinity Church, Westport on Sunday evening. 

The evening featured a piano and violin performance by Elizabeth Cooney and Finghin Collins who delighted the 50 assembled guests with Sonatas by Schubert and Elba, followed by a rousing piece by a lesser known Polish Composer, Szymanowski.

Pictured at the launch of the Westport Festival of Chamber Music were (from L to R): Cllr. Michael Holmes, Cathaoirleach Mayo County Council, Pianist Finghin Collins, Violinist Elizabeth Cooney, Mark Quick, Jude Davis and Sarah Quick from Nephin Whiskey.

Pictured at the launch of the Westport Festival of Chamber Music were (from L to R): Cllr. Michael Holmes, Cathaoirleach Mayo County Council, Pianist Finghin Collins, Violinist Elizabeth Cooney, Mark Quick, Jude Davis and Sarah Quick from Nephin Whiskey.

The festival runs from Friday September 11th to Sunday 13th with the opening in Westport House on the Friday night featuring 6 Irish and international musicians and Soprano Sylvia O'Brien.  There are only a handful of tickets left, which can be purchased on the classicallinks.ie website.

The festival is in its third year and is now sponsored by Nephin Whiskey.  Dr. Paul Davis, Managing Director of Nephin Whiskey explained their interest in being involved, “These days people can instantly download an mp3 file of any classical music piece, but we still value the authenticity of watching a live performance given by incredibly talented musicians who have practiced their art for decades and we understand the importance of passing this gift onto future generations.”

Davis continued “In the same way, Nephin are creating an authentic Whiskey to compete in an industry dominated by the mass produced brands of the multinational corporations.  We are growing barley locally, reviving the traditions of peating malt using local turf and passing the dying art of coopering onto the next generation.” 

This is something which the company, who are finalising the construction of the Nephin distillery in Lahardane, aim to repeat according to Dr. Davis, “We’re delighted to be involved in the Westport Festival and will continue to support classical and traditional music in Mayo in the coming years.”

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