The World Whiskey and Vodka Awards are global competitions that identify the best in all internationally-recognised genres. They promote Premium quality vodka and whiskey to consumers and trade markets globally.
The number one spirit consumed in Ireland, vodka is a relatively new departure for the Clonakilty Distillery which launched its whey-base spirit in 2020.
However, since launching, Minke Vodka has made waves in the industry and the World Vodka Award represents the second award the product has received over the last 12 months – it also scooped the Gold Award in the Smooth category at the Spirits Business Vodka Masters in 2021.
“The Varietal Vodka is awarded to a vodka that’s intended to be enjoyed neat or in cocktails whereby a little character determined by the base ingredient is acceptable, sought-after and relished,” remarked the Award judges, “A pure, clear and clean vodka, but not necessarily neutral by any means.”
Meanwhile, Clonakilty O’Hara’s Cask Finish Special Whiskey was also triumphant in the Single Malt Small Batch category, with a Single Malt Small Batch whiskey defined as a Single Malt whiskey produced using the contents of no more than 100 casks.
“It’s a credit to the team here to be able to win awards in two different categories of spirits,” said Head Distiller at Clonakilty Distillery Paul Corbett, “A slow distillation process produces an exceptionally clean vodka while the use of a whey spirit base imparts a smooth velvet mouthfeel. As a result, Minke Vodka is perfect to enjoy neat or in a cocktail.
“O’Hara’ s brew exceptional beers and on nosing the casks before filling I knew we were going to be crafting something special. The resulting Single Malt has a complex blend of chocolate, fruit and spice notes with a rich mouthfeel.”
Clonakilty Distillery’s Minke Vodka is currently available online as is Clonakilty O’Hara’s Cask Finish Special. Check out Clonakilty Distillery on Twitter @clondistillery, on Facebook @clonakiltydistillery and on Instagram @clonakiltydistillery For more information visit https://clonakiltydistillery.ie/