Belfast, Born & Bred.

Opened in 1869, the distillery operated until 1936. At its height, it employed over 450 people on a seven-acre site that produced 40,000 gallons of whiskey per day. It sat amidst a thriving whiskey industry that in 1899 saw 18 registered distilleries in Belfast alone. Most of the whiskey volume was shipped to Scotland to be added to Scotch blends due to its superior quality of liquid.

Today the whiskey is matured amidst the rolling hills of the Ards Peninsula, a short drive from Belfast. The Echlinville Distillery has grand plans for the brand and VR will form part of an extended product line that will include the re-introduction of 'Dunville's Three Crowns Blended Whiskey'. This 10-year malt is extra aged in former Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, bottled at 46% ABV and non chilled filtered to retain full flavour. In 2015 and 2016 the whiskey has been awarded best Irish Whiskey 12 years and younger at the World Whisky Awards.

The Echlinville Distillery became Northern Irelands first licenced distillery in over 125 years distilling its first spirit in 2013.

In 2013 the Echlinville Distillery acquired the trademark and started to revive the once-great name. The brand is firmly set in the original period of Victoriana, with the design emblematically denoting Ireland, Scotland and England. As well as standing for ‘Victoria Regina’, VR also means ‘Very Rare’, due to the limited release of spirit.

Our Ethos “We will not compromise in our desire to produce the finest whiskey conceivable.  We will give it authenticity and provenance. It will tell the story of the land from which it originates, and of those who brought it to life.”

We appreciate the importance of terroir. We have worked this land through generations of our families.  The Ards peninsula is our home.  We know its unique topography, its rich soil, its saline air and its temperate climate.  This inherent understanding, the sensitivity to place, empowers us to produce spirit unique in character and true of place.

Our barley is grown in the fields surrounding the distillery and we have revived the age old tradition of distillery floor malting.  We truly are producing spirit from field to glass.