Last night, the 2019 Irish Whiskey Awards took place at the Dingle Distillery in County Kerry.
Now in its seventh year, the awards represent the renaissance of the Irish Whiskey Industry both in Ireland and abroad. The awards span over an impressive range of categories, with over 20 celebrating different types of whiskey, whiskey bars and even other spirits produced by distilleries. The Irish Whiskey Awards celebrate both established and emerging distilleries and whiskey producers. This year also celebrated a huge achievement for the Irish whiskey industry as a whole. 2019 shipments reached a record level in excess of one billion dollars.
The awards were blind judged in July and August of this year by various Whiskey Clubs and Societies. Both national and regional chapters took part, alongside overseas members and of the trade and whiskey media. There were around 130 entrants in total.
Irish Pot Still
WINNER Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy
GOLD MEDALS Redbreast 15 Year Old, Green Spot
Irish Single Malt
12 YEARS & YOUNGER GOLD MEDALS Tyrconnell 10 Year Old Port Finish, Tyrconnell Single Malt
13 YEARS & OLDER WINNER Teeling Brabazon Volume 1
13 YEARS & OLDER GOLD MEDAL Knappogue Castle 16 Year Old
Blended Irish Whiskey
RRP LESS THAN €60/$66 WINNER Jameson Black Barrel
RRP LESS THAN €60/$66 GOLD MEDALS Slane Triple Casked Irish Whiskey, Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year Old Special Reserve
Irish Cask Strength
WINNER Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength
GOLD MEDALS The Whistler 7 Year Old Cask Strength, Writers’ Tears Cask Strength 2019 Release
Irish Single Grain
GOLD MEDALS Glendalough Triple Barrel, Kilbeggan Single Grain
New Irish Whiskey
GOLD MEDAL Dingle Single Malt Batch 4