Irish Whiskey Awards
Thursday, 20th October 2016 Tullamore Distillery, Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Entries are now being accepted for this year’s Irish Whiskey Awards, which will take place in the Tullamore Distillery, Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co. Offaly on Thursday 20th October.
The awards, which are now in their fourth year, span a total of 20 categories. The closing date for all entries is Thursday 11th August and details on how to enter are on www.irishwhiskeyawards.com
Judging of the Awards will take place over three sessions. Like other years, members of the Celtic Whiskey Club & Irish Whiskey Society will judge all whiskeys. This will take place in Brooks Hotel on Saturday 3rd September and Saturday 10th September. Members of the trade will be responsible for judging white spirit categories (Gin, Vodka & Poitin), which will take place on Monday 12th September in No. 10 Stephen’s Green.
Last year’s awards saw Redbreast 21 Year Old win the coveted award for Irish Whiskey of the Year, while Dick Mack’s in Dingle won the gong for Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year. The categories for this year are as follows:
1. Irish Whiskey of the Year
2. Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey
3. Irish Single Malt Whiskey (12 Years & Younger)
4. Single Malt Whiskey (13 Years & Older)
5. Irish Blended Whiskey (RRP of less than €60)
6. Irish Blended Whiskey (RRP of €60 or more)
7. Irish Single Cask Whiskey
8. Irish Cask Strength Whiskey
9. Irish Single Grain Whiskey
10. Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Leinster)
11. Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Munster)
12. Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Connaught)
13. Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Ulster)
14. Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (International)
15. Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Overall Winner)
16. Irish Poitin
17. Irish Liqueur
18. Irish Gin
19. Irish Vodka
20. Irish Whiskey Barrel Aged Irish Craft Beer
The judging panel will consist of members of the Celtic Whiskey Club and the Irish Whiskey Society. The winners are picked based on blind tasting and judging will take place across three sessions – White Spirits (which will be judged by the trade), Malts, Blended and Pot Still Irish whiskeys.
A tour of the new state of the art distillery at 6pm will be followed by a drinks reception and awards ceremony in the Old Distillery building from 7pm. Tickets including transport cost €40 each and charity partner Mary’s Meals will benefit from the evening.
Visit www.irishwhiskeyawards.com for more details.