Type: Irish Whiskey

Keeper’s Heart Whiskey is first and foremost the story of family. Started by cousins, our whiskey was created to celebrate the spirit of family, support our community and leave a meaningful legacy for generations to come. We believe that the spirit of family is the strongest positive force in the world and we are committed to creating the moments that bring people together.

Several years ago cousins Patrick and Michael O’Shaughnessy, along with Michael’s father Gerry, were sharing a bottle of whiskey.

It was the end of a long and joyous day at an O’Shaughnessy family reunion, where hundreds of relatives traveled from around the world to spend time together. They were reflecting on the importance of family; on how to make sure future generations stayed connected; and on the legacy they wanted to leave.

As conversation went deeper into the night and more whiskey was poured, they had a realization: the answer was in the glass. It was at that point they set out to create a whiskey that celebrated their Irish-American heritage, that built a way for friends and family to connect today and left a legacy for future generations.
The cousins set off to make a whiskey and their first stop was the family homeland of Ireland. They figured that if they want to make a whiskey that celebrates their Irish-American heritage, they might as well go to the source.

As the cousins set off to the Emerald Isle, they sent a chance email to whom they considered the finest Master Distiller in the world, Brian Nation. Much to their surprise, Brian responded and they set up a 30 minute meeting in Cork, Ireland. Well, that 30 minute meeting turned into a 5 hour meal as Michael, Patrick, Gerry, Brian and his wife Una created an immediate connection. A new family was forming and a vision was emerging: to blend the best of Irish and American whiskey traditions to create something entirely new.

The new team set out to make their vision a reality. They procured some of the finest stocks of aged Irish whiskey but they knew that was not enough.

To realize their vision, they knew they needed their own whiskey. They needed a place where Brian could fulfill his desire to innovate, to push the category and to blend the best of Irish and American traditions. So they created O’Shaughnessy Distillery in their hometown of Minneapolis and warmly welcomed the Nation family to this side of the pond.

O’Shaughnessy Distillery was built in an old potato factory and features the key to making Irish style whiskey: our three beautiful copper pot stills.

From this vision, team and place was born Keeper’s Heart Whiskey. Steeped in passion, dedicated to quality and committed to creating the moments worth keeping, Keeper’s Heart is the first whiskey to blend the best of Irish and American traditions. We offer traditional Irish whiskeys, American + Irish blends, and American Whiskeys made in the traditional Irish style.



Irish + Bourbon

The characteristic sweet taste of bourbon intertwined with notes of freshly charred virgin oak pair beautifully with the earthy spices of the single Irish pot still whiskey and the delicate butterscotch sweetness from the Irish grain whiskey to deliver a unique tasting experience.

46% ALC/VOL – 92 Proof.

Nose: Rich caramel in a freshly baked pecan pie.

Taste: Peppery with some herbal notes and sweet with vanilla malt shake, cocoa, tootsie roll.

Finish: Lingering pleasant sweet rich wood.

Irish + American

Irish whiskeys blended with American Rye whiskey.

We combine the unique qualities of Irish grain and single pot still whiskeys with American Rye whiskey for a remarkable drinking experience.

Nose: Bright, floral, baking spices.

Taste: Candied ginger, vanilla, lemon zest, sweet biscuits, stewed fruit. Long and lingering with notes of spices, candy sweetness and freshly charred oak.

Finish: Long and pleasant spiced caramel.