Castle Brands was founded in 1998 by Mark Andrews under the name Great Spirits LLC, through Mr. Andrews’ contribution of family-owned Knappogue Castle Irish Whiskey. Castle Brands Inc, was later established in 2003 and Great Spirits LLC was merged into Castle Brands. Between 2003 and 2006, Castle Brands acquired Roaring Water Bay Spirits and McLain & Kyne, established Gosling-Castle Partners, and signed a distribution agreement with Pallini SpA. The portfolio grew with these deals to now include: Jefferson’s Bourbon, Boru Vodka, Clontarf Irish Whiskey, and Brady’s Irish Cream Liqueur and provided exclusive distribution rights to Gosling’s rums and Pallini Limoncello.
The company continues to focus on growing its current brands across four categories: rum, whiskey/bourbon, liqueurs, and vodka.
In October 2019, the company was purchased by the French group Pernod Ricard, the second largest worldwide producer of wines and spirits.