• Cyril McAree

The Irish Whiskey Awards 2017

The excellence and innovation of Irish whiskey producers and distillers were honoured at this year’s Irish Whiskey Awards, which were held at Old Jameson Distillery, Bow Street, Smithfield Village, Dublin 7, recently. This year’s guest speaker Bernard Walsh, Founder & Chief Executive, Walsh Whiskey Distillery presented the awards across 20 categories, each of which recognised the established and emerging producers within the industry.

Dublin based Teeling Distillery has won the ‘Irish Whiskey of the Year’ for its Teeling The Revival Single Malt Volume IV. The distillery also received a Gold Medal for its Teeling Brabazon Bottling Series 2 in the Irish Single Malt Whiskey (12 Years & Younger) category. Jameson won two awards for Jameson Black Barrel as the Irish Blended Whiskey (RRP under €60) and Jameson Makers Series – The Cooper’s Croze for the Irish Blended Whiskey (RRP over €60). Dingle Distillery won both the Irish Vodka and Irish Gin awards while R&A Merry & Co in Clonmel were awarded Irish Liqueur for its Merry’s Salted Caramel. Louth based Boann Distillery debuted with two Gold Medals for The Whistler Single Malt 7 Year Old Cask Strength and Single Malt Aged 7 Years. After four consecutive years of being named Connaught Whiskey Bar of the Year, Garavan’s in Galway won the overall ‘Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year’ award.

The awards, which are now in their fifth year were judged in blind tasting sessions by members of the Celtic Whiskey Club, the Irish Whiskey Society Whiskey and the Cork Whiskey Society. Overseas members of the Celtic Whiskey Club also had the opportunity to purchase sample packs and vote without having to travel to Ireland. Members of the trade were responsible for judging the white spirit categories of Gin, Vodka, Poitin as well as the Beer and Liqueur categories in a separate tasting session. For the Irish Whiskey Award 2017 winners click here

Commenting on the awards, organiser Ally Alpine said; “‘We are delighted that the Irish Whiskey Awards have become an important date in the whiskey industry’s calendar. Unlike most international awards this is a non-profit making operation that relies on the support & generosity of the producers, my staff and whiskey enthusiasts. The event will also raise enough money to feed 330 kids every day for a year which is an added bonus.’

The event’s charity partner was Mary’s Meals (www.marysmeals.ie) who feed over 1.2 million children a day and recently fed their one billionth child. The cost of one ticket at €46.80 will feed three children for a year and the proceeds raised from the event will feed 330 children for a full year whilst they are attending school. Drinks Industry Ireland was the event’s media partner.

Visit www.irishwhiskeyawards.com #IWA17


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