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Irish whiskey’s sweeping success at World Whiskies Awards

It was a sweeping success for Irish whiskey distilleries, bars and retailers at the recent World Whiskies Awards held in London.
Cap: From left: IWA Director William Lavelle; Chair of IWA Category Education Committee Denis O’Flynn of Clonakilty Distillery; Clonakilty Distillery's Michael Scully and Ewan Paterson, winner of the World’s Best Whiskey Visitor Attraction Manager award.

At the World Whiskies Awards in London were (from left): IWA Director William Lavelle; Chair of IWA Category Education Committee Denis O’Flynn of Clonakilty Distillery; Clonakilty Distillery’s Michael Scully and Ewan Paterson, winner of the World’s Best Whiskey Visitor Attraction Manager award.

The Irish winners at the annual global event organised by Whisky Magazine included:

  • World’s Best Pot Still Whiskey:Teeling Wonder of Wood Single Pot Still, Teeling Distillery, Dublin
  • World’s Best Grain Whiskey: The Whistler Mosaic Marsala Cask, Boann Distillery, County Meath
  • World’s Best Master Distiller: Kevin O’Gorman, Master Distiller, Midleton Distillery/Irish Distillers
  • World’s Best Whiskey Visitor Attraction Manager: Ewan Paterson, Visitor Centre Manager, Clonakilty Distillery, County Cork
  • World’s Best Whiskey Bar Manager: Padraic Rafter, Paris Texas Bar, Kilkenny City
  • World’s Best Chef (working with whiskey): Jason Nolan, Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder, Killarney, County Kerry.
  • World’s Best Travel Retailer (for selling whiskey): The Loop, Aer Rianta International
  • World’s Best Supermarket (for selling whiskey): SuperValu.

The ceremony also awarded the best Irish whiskeys in a range of global taste categories. These winners included: Teeling Distillery; The Whistler/Boann Distillery; Clonakilty Distillery; Pearse Lyons Distillery and Dunvilles/Echlinville Distillery.

The Irish Whiskey Association welcomed the success.

“The sweeping success of Irish whiskey distilleries, bars and retailers confirms Ireland’s re-emergence as one of the world’s leading whiskey-producing nations,” said IWA Director William Lavelle who attended the awards event as part of a large Irish contingent, “I wish to congratulate all the winners who’re proudly flying the flag for Irish whiskey.”

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