The guest speaker is Bernard Walsh, Founder & Chief Executive of the Walsh Whiskey Distillery.
Drinks on arrival will be followed by guests enjoying a visit to the Bow Street Experience Tour and Craft Showcase including the Maturation Warehouse. The awards are now in their fifth year and span 20 categories recognising the established and emerging producers within the industry.
Members of the Celtic Whiskey Club and the Irish Whiskey Society judged the whiskey categories and overseas members of the Celtic Whiskey Club also had the opportunity to purchase sample packs and vote without having to travel to Ireland.
Members of the trade were responsible for judging the white spirit categories of Gin, Vodka and Poitin in a separate tasting session. The blind tasting judging sessions took place over three weekends.
Irish Whiskey of the Year
Irish Single Pot Stil Whiskey
Irish Single Malt Whiskey (12 Years & Younger)
Single Malt Whiskey (13 Years & Older)
Irish Blended Whiskey (RRP of less than €60)
Irish Blended whiskey (RRP of €60 or more)
Irish Single Cask Whiskey
Irish Cask Strength Whiskey
- Irish Single Grain Whiskey
- Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Leinster)
- Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Munster)
- Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Connaught)
- Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Ulster)
- Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (International)
- Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Overall Winner)
- Irish Poitin
- Irish Liqueur
- Irish Gin
- Irish Vodka
- Irish Whiskey Barrel Aged Irish Craft Beer
Media partner Drinks Industry Ireland is also on board again this year for the trade-oriented event. Tickets are allocated to suppliers, nominated whiskey bars and whiskey fans who took part in the blind-tasting sessions.
Limited tickets are also available at €46.80 with all money going to www.marysmeals.ie which recently fed its one billionth child and now feeds over 1.2 million children a day. The €46.80 ticket cost will feed three children for a year and the proceeds raised from the event will feed 330 children for a full year whilst ensuring they also attend school.