Portmagee Whiskey was founded in early 2017 by two brothers John and James Murphy from Portmagee, Co. Kerry. The brothers are joined by Stuart McNamara. Stuart is a well-known Irish Whiskey writer. He brings his extensive knowledge and passion for whiskey to the team. Together they have created a brand that truly reflects the rich history and traditions of Portmagee and its people.
Portmagee Whisky honours the traditional Seine Boat and maritime heritage of South Kerry and also Portmagee’s colourful history as a 1700’s smuggling port under Captain Magee. Every generation of the Murphy family has continued the proud tradition of Seine Boat racing in Portmagee. Portmagee Whiskey is inspired by the mixture of wooden boat and wild Atlantic waters with its own combination of oak wood and ‘Uisce Beatha’.
Portmagee Whiskey is a Bord Bia – Origin Green registered company and as such, have committed to a number of specific goals based around sustainability and energy efficiency. We are working on these plans and developing the business with a long-term sustainability goal in mind. Some features we will be including in the experience design include PV solar electricity generation, energy efficiency lighting systems and rainwater collection. We have already planted over 5 acres of natural Irish woodland on site in Portmagee including oak trees as part of our sustainability plans.
SuperValu through the Food Academy program has helped Portmagee Whiskey to get established and supported in its home county of Kerry as the brand develops awareness and constructs its own micro distillery and visitor experience centre in Portmagee.