The whiskey with the highest overall score becomes Irish Whiskey of the Year.
Now in their ninth year, the awards span over 20 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 (11 Years & Younger, including Non Age Statement)
Irish Single Cask Whiskey (12 Years & Older)
Irish Cask Strength Whiskey
Irish Single Grain Whiskey
New Irish Whiskey — only distilleries open three to six years can enter and it must be distilled on site.
Irish White Spirits & Irish Liqueurs:
Irish Whiskey Liqueur
Irish Cream Liqueur
Other Irish Spirit (liqueurs, apple spirits, bitters, aperitifs, rum etc)
Judging of the whiskey categories takes place over the Summer to a select number of members (available on a first-come, first-served basis) in the Celtic Whiskey Club (Irish and Overseas members), Irish Whiskey Society — Dublin & Dingle, Cork Whiskey Society, Ennis Whiskey Society, Kilkenny Whiskey Guild, Waterford Whiskey Society and Belfast Whiskey Club.
This year the White Spirits & Other Irish Liqueurs categories will be blind-tasted and judged by an expert panel of between six and eight bartenders and mixologists.
The event has been created by Celtic Whiskey Shop which also organises Whiskey Live Dublin and Gin Experience Dublin.
“The Irish Whiskey Awards recognises both the emerging and established producers in the industry” said Celtic Whiskey Shop owner Ally Alpine, “and we’re delighted that it has become such an important date in the Irish events calendar.”
Drinks Industry Ireland is the event’s media partner and other key sponsors include the Irish Whiskey Association and Tuath Irish Whiskey Glass.
Closing date for all entries is Friday July the 15th and for details on how to enter visit www.irishwhiskeyawards.com.
Tickets to the awards will be available in September from Celtic Whiskey Shop on Dawson Street, Dublin 2. All proceeds go to the event’s charity partner Mary’s Meals to help feed children in impoverished areas of the world.