IDL range hits San Francisco Gold

IDL scooped a remarkable 24 Gold-or-above medals at the recent International Spirits Challenge and at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Top honours were awarded to Powers John’s Lane 12 Years-Old, scooping Best Single Pot Still Whiskey and Best Irish Whiskey at the annual tasting in San Francisco.

New family members Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest (released last October) and Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength (released this April), were also highly commended, winning Double Gold medals.

In addition, Redbreast 12 Year-Old Cask Strength claimed its fourth Double Gold medal in a row at the Competition.

Now in its 18th year, the San Francisco World Spirits Challenge is one of the most influential spirits competitions in the world, judged by a lineup of esteemed drinks journalists, producers and experts. Run each year in partnership with respected drinks trade title Drinks International, the International Spirits Challenge celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year.

The full list of medal winners is as follows:


  • Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest:DoubleGold (SFWSC) and Gold (ISC)
  • JamesonBow Street 18Years Cask Strength: Double Gold (SFWSC)
  • Powers John’s Lane 12 Years-Old: Double Gold,Best Irish Whiskey & Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (SFWSC)
  • Redbreast 12 Year-Old Cask Strength:Double Gold (SFWSC)
  • Midleton Very Rare 2017:Double Gold (SFWSC)
  • Redbreast 21 Year-Old:DoubleGold (SFWSC) and Gold (ISC)
  • Redbreast 15 Year-Old:Gold (SFWSC)
  • Powers Signature Release:Gold (SFWSC)
  • Powers Three Swallow Release:Gold (SFWSC)
  • Powers Gold Label:Gold (SFWSC)
  • Method and Madness Single Pot Still Finished in French Chestnut:Gold (ISC)
  • Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy:Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson 18 Year:Gold (ISC)
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey:Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey Caskmates IPA Edition:Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson Signature:Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson Black Barrel:Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson Round:Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson Lively:Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson Cooper’s Croze:Gold medal (ISC)
  • Jameson Blender’s Dog:Gold medal (ISC)







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