William O'Callaghan and his father Michael before him have been fermenting exceptional craft cider and distilling Ireland's only Apple Brandy now for almost 35 years. Using only heritage, heirloom cider apples namely Michelin (Normandy) and Dabinett (Somerset) grown in our substantial, natural orchards in the beautiful Blackwater Valley.
Cider Apples differ hugely in taste from cooking, eating or dessert apples, cider apples are naturally higher in tannin's and lower in fructose which results in a much cleaner, crisper cider, lower in calories than commercially produced ciders. We are one of only four single origin orchards in Ireland, using only apples from our own sustainable orchard's in our ciders, incorporating a "blossom-to-bottle" ethos helping to ensure sustainability, authenticity, quality, traceability and compliance, on the grounds of our award winning country house in Mallow, County Cork.
"Our Founding Father, a proud Corkman, an exceptional character with great passion, forsight & vision"
A proud Cork/Irishman with a very deep fondness for his county and country, a pioneering spirit and a very passionate man about Brandy, Calvados & Cognac, Michael was the first man ever to try to grow grapes here in Ireland. He was keen to grow grapes and apples to make wine and cider and then double distill that wine and cider to make brandy and a product like Calvados (our Irish Apple Brandy).
While there was no real constituency in growing grapes, the Orchards continue to flourish and thrive and William now continues his father's vision and legacy, with the guidance of Dan Duggan - Longuevilles’ Master Distiller and Chief Cideroligist.
William and Dan have refined the ancient crafts of cider and brandy production.
We have brought the cider and brandy production to another level while maintaining the very natural and respectful processes of our fore fathers, the terroir and sustainability - crushing, pressing, fermentation, filtration, light carbonation, pasteurisation - all while using no pesticides, fungicides, insecticides or any other cides in our orchards.
"Our expertise in fermenting exceptional cider and in distilling and maturing brandy delivers one of Ireland's best ciders and only brandy that combines a unique smoothness and richness with a distinct apple-sweet taste that we are immensely proud of."
Chef, Proprietor & Patron