Talnua brings nearly extinct style of whiskey to Arvada

The distillery opened St. Patrick’s Day weekend

Posted 3/20/19

What is likely the only distillery outside of Ireland to make triple distilled single pot still whiskey officially opened in Arvada St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Opening Talnua Distillery was a dream …

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Talnua brings nearly extinct style of whiskey to Arvada

The distillery opened St. Patrick’s Day weekend

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What is likely the only distillery outside of Ireland to make triple distilled single pot still whiskey officially opened in Arvada St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Opening Talnua Distillery was a dream come true for Patrick Miller and his wife, Meagan Miller. Using locally sourced barley, yeast harvested from the oldest stout producing brewery in Ireland, and a unique single pot still distilling method has allowed them to create a robust, American oak-aged whiskey.

The word Talnua, is a combination of the Irish Gaelic words “Talamh” and “Nua”, meaning New Land or New Earth.

“Irish traditions, Colorado barley and Rocky Mountain water,” Patrick Miller said. “What could be better than that?”

The Millers and their business partners Robert Siegrist and Amy Kingman started renovating the space at 5405 W. 56th Ave. in Arvada in July 2017. The first week in March 2018, they started producing their first batch of whiskey. On March 16, 2,700 bottles of that whiskey, which was aged in 130 barrels was released to the public.

“We always wanted to create a brand that wasn’t just a craft brand,” Miller said. “We wanted to bring the history and heritage into the brand and really tell the story because the distilling traditions between Ireland and America have always been incredibly strong and it’s fun to get to tell that to people who haven’t herd it before and bring back a style that nearly went extinct.”

Single pot still whiskey was once the most popular style of whiskey in the world. It emerged as a means of avoiding a tax introduced in 1785 on the use of malted barley. However, with the rise of cheaper-to-make blended whiskeys in the 20th century, single pot still whiskey declined in popularity, and many brands changed their production style.

Then the rise of Scotch whiskey. By 1980, only two single pot whiskey distillers remained.

Now, there are just under 10 distilleries using this method — all in Ireland. But the Millers say these brands weren’t available in the U.S. until 2014. It wasn’t until Christmas of 2015 that Denver stores started carrying them.

Now, Talnua seems to be the only distillery outside of Ireland to use this distilling method.

The Miller’s family heritage and frequent trips to Ireland is what drew them to this style of whiskey.

“They were always our favorite styles of whiskey — we loved them,” Miller said. “We loved the history behind it and uncovering that.”

Talnua Distillery’s 1,100 square foot tasting room will be open for tastings and tours every weekend or by appointment. Along with spirits, the tasting room boasts a clear glass wall, allowing visitors to see into the distillery’s operations and aging room.

A grand opening was held March 16.

“Don’t you love the entrepreneurial spirit,” Arvada Mayor Marc Williams said at the ribbon cutting. “The folks who put everything into the game — their time, their energy, their money, their sweat, their tears — because they want to do something unique. And this is certainly something unique. We’re absolutely thrilled to have them in Arvada.”

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