Every year the global publication Whisky magazine holds its international awards competition to recognise the best the whisk(e)y industry has to offer.
In addition to its World Whiskies Awards, in which whiskies compete in various categories, its Icons of Whisky awards recognise not only individuals working in the industry, but online retailers and retail outlets.
At the beginning of February Celtic Whiskey Shop won the award for Single Outlet Retailer of the Year 2021 at the Icons of Whisky Ireland awards and went on to compete for the global title against other regional winners including America, Australia, China, Scotland, France and South Africa. The Dawson Street store in Dublin has been voted World’s Best Whiskey Shop on a number of previous occasions having won this overall award in 2017 and again in 2019.
“This is an extremely high level of recognition for our store and after a very challenging year it has been great to have the support from our customers and members of the industry,” said Celtic Whiskey Shop Managing Director Ally Alpine.
Ally established Celtic Whiskey Shop & Wines on the Green, located in the heart of Dublin’s city centre, in 2003.
Since then, Celtic Whiskey Shop has been an industry leader and as well as organising events such as Whiskey Live Dublin, Dublin Drinks Mixer and the annual Irish Whiskey Awards (cancelled last year due to the pandemic), it has a leading online presence, shipping internationally.
Producing award-winning single cask bottlings, Celtic Whiskey also has a strong wholesale presence supplying bars, restaurants, hotels and off-traders around the country.
It’s also home to Ireland’s largest collection of whiskeys and spirits, including exclusive, rare and collectable bottlings.
And 2019 saw the launch of Celtic Whiskey Auction.com a bi-monthly online auction platform for buying and selling rare spirits.
The outlet has one of Ireland’s most interesting and eclectic wine selections too with over 95% of wines imported directly from vineyards across the world.