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Celtic Cask 1999-Tríocha a Cúig is Irish Whiskey of the Year

Celtic Cask 1999 - Tríocha a Cúig - 35 from Celtic Whiskey won the Best Irish Whiskey of the Year Award with extremely close competition from Dunvilles 18 Year-Old Single Cask which picked up second place and a Gold medal at last night's Irish Whiskey Awards 2021.



From left: Teeling Whiskey Founder & Manager Jack Teeling presents the Irish Whiskey of the Year Award to Ally Alpine with William Lavelle, Head of the Irish Whiskey Association at last night's Awards in Powerscourt Distillery.

From left: Teeling Whiskey Founder & Manager Jack Teeling presents the Irish Whiskey of the Year Award to Ally Alpine with William Lavelle, Head of the Irish Whiskey Association at last night’s Awards in Powerscourt Distillery.

Emerging and established Irish whiskey producers and patrons were honoured at the Awards which took place at the Powerscourt Distillery, Enniskerry, in County Wicklow.

The evening commenced with a tour of the distillery and a drinks reception hosted by the Powerscourt Distillery’s Co-founders and team.

Keynote speaker Jack Teeling, Founder and Manager of Teeling Whiskey, presented the awards, now in their eighth year.

He spoke of the need for whiskey producers to focus on adding to the Irish whiskey category as Irish whiskey expanded “into the premium space occupied by Scotch, American and Canadian whiskies”.

Later, the Head of the Irish Whiskey Association William Lavelle pointed out that the winning whiskey from Celtic Whiskey “had got the highest score from all 56 judges and was therefore the ‘undisputed champion'”.

Judging of this year’s awards took place earlier this Summer where the organisers, Celtic Whiskey, posted out several hundred, blind-tasting packs to members of the Celtic Whiskey Club, Irish Whiskey Society – Dublin and Dingle, Cork Whiskey Society, Waterford Whiskey Society, Kilkenny Whiskey Guild, Ennis Whiskey Club, 1875 Whiskey Club and Belfast Whiskey Club.

All results were audited and verified by Serghios Florides, Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Irish Whiskey Magazine and the Irish Whiskey Association’s William Lavelle.

Commenting on the awards, Organiser Ally Alpine – Managing Director of Celtic Whiskey Shop and Organiser of Whiskey Live Dublin – said, “We’re delighted to celebrate the excellence and innovation in the Irish Whiskey industry this evening all whilst raising funds for our incredible charity partner Mary’s Meals. Tonight’s event will feed 572 pupils at Kapatamoyo school in Zambia every day for a year.”

Mary’s Meals – – feeds two million children every day whilst ensuring they attend school. Tickets for the awards were priced at €60 and all proceeds from the night will be donated to sponsor the Kapatomoyo School in Zambia.

Drinks Industry Ireland magazine is the event’s media partner as it has been for many years and key sponsors include the Irish Whiskey Association and Tuath Irish Whiskey Glass.

The majority of the abovenamed award-winning whiskeys are available for purchase from Celtic Whiskey Shop on Dawson Street or online at

The Awards span over 12 categories.

Overall Winner – Irish Whiskey of the Year 2021 & Best Irish Whiskey of the YearCeltic Cask 1999 – Tríocha a Cúig – 35 from Celtic Whiskey


Single Pot Still 11 and Under

Winner: Method & Madness Single Pot Still French Chestnut

Gold: Busker Single Pot Still

Gold: Teeling Single Pot Still


Single Pot Still 12 Year and Over (only two entrants)

Winner: Powers Johns Lane

Gold: Redbreast 12 Year-Old


Blended Limited Release

Winner: Writers’ Tears Inniskillen Icewine Cask Finish

Gold: Dubliner Old Fashioned Beer Cask

Gold: Eiregold Special Reserve


Blended No Age Statement

Winner: Jameson Black Barrel

Gold: Sailors Home The Journey

Gold: The Irishman Founder’s Reserve Rum Finish


Blended With Age Statement

Winner: Jameson Bow Street 18 Year-Old

Gold: Pearse 7 Year-Old Distillers Choice

Gold: Tullamore DEW 12 Year-Old


Single Malt 11 and Under

Winner: The Irishman Single Malt Marsala Cask Finish

Gold: Writers Tears Red Head

Gold: Jack Ryan Haddington


Single Malt 12-15 Years Old

Winner: Gelston’s 15 Year-Old Sherry Cask

Gold: Method & Madness Single Malt

Gold: The Irishman 12-Year-Old Single Malt


Single Malt 16 Years and Over

Winner: The Irishman 17 Year-Old Single Malt

Gold: Tullamore DEW 18 Year-Old

Gold: Dublin Liberties Keepers Coin Batch 2


Single Grain

Winner: Teeling Single Grain (Vintage 13 Year-Old)

Gold: The Bridge Bethlehem Release

Gold: Method & Madness Single Grain


Single Cask

Winner: Celtic Cask 1999 – Tríocha a Cúig – 35

Gold: Dunville’s 18 Year-Old Cask 989

Gold: The Irishman Peated Red Ale Cask


Cask Strength

Winner: Dunvilles 12 Year-Old PX Cask Strength

Gold: Redbreast 27 Year-Old

Gold: Writers’ Tears Cask Strength 2021


New Irish Whiskey

Winner: Shortcross Single Malt

Gold: Connacht Whiskey Single Malt

Gold: Teeling Black Pitts


Full report on the awards in the next issue.




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