Northern Ireland – Whiskey or ‘uisce beatha’, literally ‘the water of life’, is being held true to its original name with a rebirth on the Ards Peninsula. There the Echlinville Distillery has resurrected old brands and traditions and is giving birth to new opportunities in tourism and employment. Using barley grown in surrounding fields through partnerships with local farmers, Echlinville promises “authenticity and provenance” in the creation of its products. The distillery near Kircubbin pledges to produce the finest whiskey conceivable whilst “telling the story of the land from which it originates, and of those who brought it to life”. The brainchild of local man Shane Braniff, Echlinville Distillery was opened three years ago when it became Northern Ireland’s first licenced distillery in over 125 years. Having resurrected the legendary Dunville’s Irish Whiskey brand, with its Dunville’s PX 10-year-old Single Malt, Echlinville’s impressive portfolio also includes Jawbox gin and the award winning Bán Poitín.