2017 Irish Whiskey Awards beckon

This year’s Irish Whiskey Awards will be held at the newly-refurbished Jameson Distillery Bow Street in Dublin on Thursday October 19th.  The awards, now in their fifth year, span a total of 20 categories and recognise the emerging and the established producers in the industry.

Entries are now being accepted and the closing date is Tuesday 1st August. Entry forms are available from the Celtic Whiskey Shop and from

As in previous years members of the Celtic Whiskey Club and the Irish Whiskey Society will judge the whiskeys. Members of the trade will judge the white spirit categories Gin, Vodka and Poitin in a separate tasting session.

The blind tasting judging sessions take place in Lillies Bordello off Grafton Street over Saturday 26th August, Saturday 2nd September and Saturday 9th September.

Overseas members of the Celtic Whiskey Club will also have the chance to purchase sample packs and vote without having to travel to Ireland.

Knappogue Castle 14 Year-Old won Irish Whiskey of the Year last year while Dick Mack’s in Dingle won the gong for Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year.  Drinks Industry Ireland is once again media partner for these awards for which the categories are as follows:

  • Irish Whiskey of the Year
  • Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey
  • Irish Single Malt Whiskey (12 Years & Younger)
  • Single Malt Whiskey (13 Years & Older)
  • Irish Blended Whiskey (RRP of less than €60)
  • Irish Blended Whiskey (RRP of €60 or more)
  • Irish Single Cask Whiskey
  • Irish Cask Strength Whiskey
  • Irish Single Grain Whiskey
  • Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Leinster)
  • Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Munster)
  • Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Connaught)
  • Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Ulster)
  • Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (International)
  • Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Overall Winner)
  • Irish Poitin
  • Irish Liqueur
  • Irish Gin
  • Irish Vodka
  • Irish Whiskey Barrel Aged Irish Craft Beer

The Celtic Whiskey Shop will be working with its charity partner Mary’s Meals and all proceeds from the awards night go towards helping feed children in impoverished areas of the world.

For further information on entering the awards, please contact:

Al Higgins at the Celtic Whiskey Shop; e-mail:

Tel: 016759744.

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