Independent Bottlers of Premium Whiskey

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All Roads Lead Home

We are a very different kind of whiskey maker. We do not have a distillery and we are not trying to build one. We bottle & blend the best spirits we can find, to curate a bottle and cask library that matches our adventurous spirit.

In the bygone tradition of bottlers and bonders from the earliest days of Irish whiskey, we seek out the finest new-make and mature spirits from the best of Ireland’s distillers. We work with peated whiskey; we bottle single grains; we cherish an all-sherry cask strength release. We are happy to re-mature whiskey in a Madeira cask, and source the best Scotch whisky Islay has to offer.

After years of traveling the world earning new perspectives, the road brought us home. Burdened only with our indepedence and inspiration, we are here to make a whiskey that’s never the same. Whatever road you’re on, you’ll find something to love with W.D. O’Connell Whiskey Merchants.

Time-Honored Tradition

An Independent Bottler

Independent bottlers and bonders were a huge part of the Irish whiskey origin story, and we are proud to be a part of its resurgence. Every W.D. O’Connell release is steeped in the best qualities from the independent tradition: integrity in the bottle and transparency on the label.

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Integrity & Transparency

Sourcing whiskey from Ireland’s best distilleries requires trust. Distilleries trust that we are reverent with their name & spirits; retailers and customers trust that we are straight up about our releases. You’ll never be left guessing at what’s in the bottle, whether it’s peated Irish or peated Islay, finished in Pedro Ximénez or matured exclusively in Oloroso.

Independent & Modern

With no distillery to tie us down, we are free to find the best spirits Ireland and the world have to offer. We bring a modern, ecletic perspective to bottling, while maintaining a respect for the heritage of the earliest days of Irish whiskey.

Trees Planted Across Ireland

We partnered with Trees On The Land to plant a native tree for every case of whiskey we sell. Read more about our commitment to sustainability on our blog.

Our Release Library

Bill Phil Peated Series

Peated, triple-distilled single malt Irish whiskey. What a mouthful. Once you try the smokey goodness in the bottle, you’ll keep it stocked all year long. More please.

Available in 70cl & cask-strength 50cl formats.

Bourbon & Rye Series

What do you get when you cross an ex-bourbon cask and an ex-rye cask? Possibly the finest single grain Irish whiskey to hit the market. Fresh & crisp with a bite of spice from the rye cask influence. Drink it over ice or on its own – you can’t mess this one up.

Available in 70cl format.

Pedro Ximénez Series

Our PX series launched our single-cask offerings, and never fails to impress. Matured in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels for 17 years, followed by a second maturation in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks. So good you’ll want to add it to your breakfast cereal.

Available in 70cl & cask-strength 50cl formats.

Sherry Series

Matured exclusively in an Oloroso sherry butt, this cask-strength series is truly all-Sherry. Warm, with a sweetness from the cask, this one is simply oustanding.

Available in 50cl format.

Caledonian Series

Launched for Belfast Whiskey Week in 2021, this new series will feature Scotch whisky from each of the five producing regions in Scotland. The first release, The Lochindaal, is a smoky single malt from Islay’s Bruichladdich Distillery, and very limited.

Available in a cask-strength 50cl format.

Single Pot Still Series

Tomásín is our first single pot still whiskey to be released. This unique pot still whiskey is named after the home of our new headquarters in Coill Mhic Thomáisín (Kilmacthomas), Co. Waterford. A single-cask release, Tomásín is the first step in our journey to creating our own signature pot still whiskey, using the cask style synonymous with W.D. O’Connell Whiskey Merchants.

Available in a 70cl format.

Drink It How You Like It

Fancy A Highball?

Our whiskeys aren’t just fantastic neat in a glass – they make excellent cocktails with just a couple of extra ingredients!

Check out our Drink It How You Like It series of videos to find one that suits your mood!

Our Caskshare Program

Daithí is collecting casks for future bottlings, and our caskshare program lets you secure your bottle in advance.

How does it work? One share is one bottle. Easy peasy.


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