International drinks group, Quintessential Brands, has acquired the Dublin Whiskey Company as part of an 10 million Euro investment.

As part of the investment Quintessential will build a new Dublin whiskey distillery and visitor experience centre for its established portfolio of Irish whiskey brands, including The Dubliner and The Dublin Liberties.

The activity will support up to 55 jobs over the next 18 months.

The company also announced the appointment of renowned whiskey distillers Darryl McNally as general manager and master distiller of its Irish whiskey operations.

Warren Scott, Quintessential’s ceo, said: “The addition of the Dublin Whiskey Company paves the way for us to create an Irish whiskey distillery and a home for our Irish whiskey brands in the famous Liberties area of Dublin which will allows us to further develop our Irish whiskey portfolio and become a leader in Irish spirits.

The latest investment follows Quintessential Brands Ireland’s acquisition of First Ireland Spirits in 2014, which included its Irish creams and liqueurs portfolio and production facility in Abbeyleix, Co Laois, and is part of the Group’s ongoing strategy to grow its brands and operations in Ireland.

In 2015 Quintessential invested 4 million Euros in doubling the production capacity of First Ireland Spirits, including the introduction of a comprehensive whiskey bottling operation.

Darryl McNally, who was previously operations manager and master distiller at Bushmills Distillery, where he worked for 17 years, said: “I am delighted to have joined Quintessential Brands Ireland and look forward to developing the Dublin Whiskey Company by building a world class distillery in the heart of Dublin with a visitor experience like no other.

“The Dublin Whiskey Company distillery will produce single malt Irish whiskey and we will have the first spirit flowing from the stills at the end of the summer 2017.”

The Dublin Irish Whiskey company’s portfolio of brands includes The Dubliner and The Dublin Liberties as well as Feeney’s Irish Cream and O’Mara’s Irish Country Cream.