Now in their eighth year the awards comprise 12 categories:
- Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey (11 Years & Younger, including Non-Age Statement)
- Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey (12 Years & Older)
- Irish Single Malt Whiskey (11 Years & Younger, including Non-Age Statement)
- Irish Single Malt Whiskey (12-15 Years)
- Irish Single Malt Whiskey (16 Years & Older)
- Irish Blended Whiskey (Non-Age Statement)
- Irish Blended Whiskey (Age Statement)
- Irish Blended Whiskey (Limited Release)
- Irish Single Cask Whiskey
- Irish Cask Strength Whiskey
- Irish Grain Whiskey
- New Irish Whiskey (only distilleries open between three and six years can enter and it must be distilled on site)
The whiskey with the highest overall score will become Irish Whiskey of the Year.
Unfortunately, entries and judging of the white spirits, liqueurs, beer and bar categories will not go ahead this year due to a lack of resources coupled with current Covid-19 restrictions, but will look to resume in 2022.
The closing date for all entries is Friday the 7th of May. For details on how to enter, please visit www.irishwhiskeyawards.com.
Judging of the awards will be blind-tasted which takes place over the Summer with tasting packs posted out to members of the Celtic Whiskey Club, Irish Whiskey Society – Dublin and Dingle, the Cork and Waterford Whiskey Societies, the Kilkenny Whiskey Guild and the Belfast Whiskey Club.
Drinks Industry Ireland is again the trade media partner to the Irish Whiskey Awards which were created by Celtic Whiskey Shop which also runs Whiskey Live Dublin and Gin Experience Dublin.
“We were very disappointed to cancel last year’s event due to Covid-19,” said Managing Director Ally Alpine, “Although, it’s still unclear what restrictions will be in place for later this year, we wanted to recognise the emerging and established producers in the industry and raise much-needed funds for our charity partner Mary’s Meals.”
Last year while Covid-19 prevented the Irish Whiskey Awards from going ahead, producers and consumers rallied together on Celtic Whiskey’s sister site Celtic Whiskey Auction and bid for rare bottles.
A total of €10,953 was raised for Mary’s Meals which helps feed children in impoverished areas of the world.
Tickets for this year’s event will be available early September from Celtic Whiskey Shop on Dawson Street, Dublin 2.