By Sam Butler
HINCH Irish Whiskey, which officially opened its distillery earlier this year, has gone on sale in Hawaii, over 7,000 miles from its home just outside Ballynahinch.
The contract comes just as Hinch celebrated taking away Exporter of the Year at the recent Ulster Grocer Marketing Awards.
It also comes after the business won a Double Gold Medal for its Irish Whiskey Double Wood Aged Five Years product at ‘The Fifty Best’ – a New York awards event and a Silver and Judges’ Selection at the Alberta Beverage Awards 2021.
Meanwhile its Ninth Wave Irish Gin has been awarded “Best in Class” for a second year running at the Alberta Beverage Awards 2021.
To celebrate its success locally and internationally and its expanding customer base, the company will brand three iconic black taxis in Belfast City centre to showcase its offering and spread the word that a local brand is making it big worldwide and investing in the local economy.
Chairman of Hinch Distillery, Dr Terry Cross, said the firm is on target to reach £30 million sales over the next three years: “The awards that we win and the contracts that we secure in destinations all over the world help us meet our goal of spreading the taste of Northern Ireland with the rest of the world.
“It also comes back to us and allows us to further invest in the economy here and create more jobs.
“We are delighted with the response our product range has received and we are proud to have distributors dotted all over the world, in locations that continue to mount.”
Within Hinch’s customer portfolio are the US, Canada, Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, Australia, Poland, Denmark, Lithuania, Netherlands, Hungry, Japan, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Hong Kong, Taiwan, People’s Republic of China, Republic of Ireland, Ukraine, Switzerland, France, Sweden Norway and Nigeria.
As well as a classic range of aged whiskeys and gin products, Hinch has garnered a reputation for its more unique offering including An Chead Dún cask, the first Irish Single Malt spirit using Hinch’s distilling techniques, as well as Hinch 18-Year-Old Single Malt, finished in Château de La Ligne casks.
Its “Craft & Casks” range also launched earlier this year, offering the whiskey lover a unique trio of fine Irish whiskeys finished using craft beer casks.
The £15 million Hinch Distillery which lies between Belfast and Ballynahinch on the glorious Killaney Estate launched after much anticipation in November last year.