Copeland Distillery

The Copeland Distillery was launched by Gareth Irvine in 2015 following a project in University and backed by a crowd-funding initiative in 2016, They opened their Distillery in Donaghadee in August 2019.

Locality is a key element to the range of gins Copeland produce. Copeland have been producing a range of ‘ginfusion’ products using fruits from the farms and hedgerows of County Down.  Their Jones 1778 Navy Strength Gin is aged in Kentucky Bourbon casks for 120 days, then aged in Oloroso Sherry casks for 20 days.

The Copeland Distillery revealed a major investment in whiskey production when it took on a 125-year lease at an abandoned cinema in the harbour town of Donaghadee in 2019,

They launched their first blended whiskey called Merchant’s Quay. Its release marks the Distillery’s entry to a third spirits category having introduced a rum range in November 2020 amid the pandemic which joined its successful range of gins.

They have also produced malt and pot-stilled whiskeys that are undergoing the maturation process and are expected to launch in 2024.

Aside from the making of spirits, Copeland has built a bespoke visitor centre offering audiences the chance to experience distillery life on a guided tasting tour. The Copeland Distillery will take you on a journey through the decades of events that led them to the creation of them spirits.

The story is shaped by the tales of smugglers and savage ocean battles. Visitors will experience history unfold, all whilst enjoying the portfolio of spirits. The Copeland Distillery has also begin distillation of their first whiskey. To celebrate the signing of their 125-year lease, Copeland have created ‘The 125 Whiskey Cask Reserve’, offering individuals and syndicates the opportunity to invest in their own cask of whiskey, in return becoming lifetime members of the distillery.

Copeland’s range of spirits are perfect for a classic gin & tonic or mixed as part of a cocktail. Why not try a Copeland Bramble, or add a dash of Rhuberry to your favourite Prosecco? Or better yet, become the next owner of your own cask of spirit with The 125 Whiskey Reserve.

The possibilities are endless!

Be Wild and Drink Remarkable with Copeland.

What They Do

Craft Spirit Producers and Hand Sanitiser


Available Gins: Rhuberry Gin, Raspberry and Mint Gin and Limited Edition Seasonal Gins including Spiced Apple & Blackcurrant. Jones 1778 Navy Strength Gin Merchant’s Quay Whiskey Whiskey Casks – individual and syndicate Hand Sanitiser The Copeland Distillery will be running various open day events over the course of the year, all details will be available on the website. NB Currently Closed due to Covid-19

Where To Buy

All NI independent off-sales, restaurants, bars and off-licences across Northern Ireland as well as Marks & Spencer NI. On-line via Master of Malt and Irish Malts.


Copeland Distillery
43 Manor Street
BT21 0HG
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Contact Information

Telephone 077 1418 7651
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