Irish Distillers – a winning 2019 so far

Irish Distillers scooped 11 Double Gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2019 – the strongest-ever haul for the Pernod Ricard family of Irish whiskeys.

The Jameson range won six Double Gold medals including a ‘New Release’ medal for Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength while the Redbreast and Midleton ranges collected three and two Double Gold medals respectively.

Redbreast 12 Year-Old Cask Strength claimed its fourth Double Gold in a row, continuing the Redbreast legacy as the world’s most-decorated Single Pot Still Irish whiskey.

Success in San Francisco followed similar wins for Midleton’s portfolio at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge earlier last month where new whiskeys Red Spot and Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength scored 98 and 97 points respectively.

Following a near-perfect score, Red Spot – which was re-introduced in November 2018 after 50 years – was awarded the Chairman’s Trophy in the Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey category.

Founded in 2000 the San Francisco World Spirits Competition is one of the oldest spirits-tasting competitions of its kind while the Ultimate Beverage Challenge is one of the definitive spirits and wine evaluation companies in the world through its two world-class competitions: Ultimate Spirits Challenge and Ultimate Wine Challenge.


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