Darragh Smyth


Portlaois, County Laois, Ireland

Darragh Smyth - Distiller at Boann Distillery

Do they drink whiskey in your hometown? If so, what kind?

Yeah they do! Jameson is a large seller.



How long have you worked as a distiller in Boann Distillery?

Since November 2020.

What was the first whiskey that got you into drinking whiskey? Where did you have it?

Jameson in my hometown of Portlaois.

How do you drink your whiskey?


What is your favourite part of the whiskey making process?


What is your least favourite part of the whiskey making process?

Bi-products. Discharging effluent.

What is your favourite cask type to work with?

Bourbon. American white oak.

Who in the distillery is the fastest at unloading a truck full of barrels?

Ludo Delamare.

If you had full control over the distillery, what would you make?

Same as what we are making now. Mixed mashbill Pot Still.

Which do you prefer making? Whiskey or gin?


What distillery do you want to visit when things open up again?

Ballykeefe Distillery in Kilkenny.

Irish Whiskey Cask Owner