Winners 2016

 

 

Another fantastic ceremony was held tonight at Tullamore D.E.W. distillery. A big thank you to all staff in the run-up to the event.

 

 

Irish Whiskey of the Year 2016 

Knappogue Castle 14 Year Old Twin Wood

This is the first time that a single malt Irish whiskey has come out top. It was a close run race with the top pot still whiskeys not far behind. 

 

Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year 2016

Dick Mack's, Dingle, Co. Kerry

Dick Mack's hosted the first Irish Whiskey Society tasting outside of Dublin in 2013. As a result, Dingle now has its own IWS Chapter of which Finn is a founding member and numerous pubs around the town have also added to their whiskey collections helping to put Dingle firmly on the whiskey map. Whiskey conversation is centre stage in the pub now with regulars and tourists alike sharing a dram and eulogising the merits of Ireland’s national tipple in a very unique and warm setting.

 

 

Best Irish Liqueur 

 

Merrys White Chocolate Irish Cream Liqueur

The Irish liqueur category is probably one of the hardest ones to predict. This year the line up included more cream liqueurs than ever and it was the Merrys White Chocolate that came out top.

 

GOLD MEDALS

Merrys Salted Caramel Irish Cream Liqueur

Mrs Doyle's Cream Liqueur

 

Best Irish Gin

Boyle's Gin

Every year we see more and more releases in the Irish craft gin sector. The quality of some of these products is outstanding and it demonstrates the skills of the new breed of distillers around Ireland. Made by Blackwater Distillery in Waterford, our judges were impressed by its fruitiness and balance.

 

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Dublin City Gin

Thin Gin

 

Best Irish Vodka

 

Straw Boys Irish Vodka

Warmest congratulations to the Connacht Distillery. Straw Boys vodka is the first product to be crafted at the new distillery in Ballina and will soon be joined by their own Poitín. In a few years we hope to see their whiskey too. 

 

 

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Boru Vodka

Kalak Vodka

 

Best Irish Whiskey Barrel Aged Irish Craft Beer

Five Lamps Whiskey Barrel Aged Honor Bright

Well done to Five Lamps who have been making some great barrel aged beers recently. This was the only red ale in the line up and it seemed to hit all the right notes with the judges.

 

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

O'Hara's Barrel Aged Leann Folláin

Five Lamps Whiskey Barrel Aged Dark IPA

 

 

Best Irish Poitín

 

Bán Barrelled and Buried

 

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Bán Poitín 

Glendalough Mountain Strength Poitín

 

 

Best Irish Poitín

 

Teeling Single Grain

The Irish single grain category was also hotly contested with some very close scores across the board. Teeling Single Grain is finished in red wine barrels and our judges liked the extra depth that has been brought to the delicate grain whiskey.

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Kilbeggan 8 Year Old

Hyde 6 Year Old Single Grain Bourbon Cask

 

Best Irish Single Malt (12 Years & Younger)

Dunville's PX Single Malt

Dunville was a blend that used to be produced in the old Royal Irish Distillery in Belfast, but in the future, you'd suspect, it will be produced at Braniff's Echlinville Distillery, which got its own license to distil in May 2013 - the first in the North in over 125 years. This version is finished for around a year in a Pedro Ximenez sweet sherry cask and bottled at 46% without chill-filtration. 

 

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

The Famous Galway Bay Irish Whiskey

Teeling Single Malt

 

 

Best Irish Single Malt (13 Years & Older) 

 

Knappogue Castle 14 Year Old Twin Wood

There were some very good whiskeys in this category and they all scored well. It is perhaps a little surprising that one of the youngest came out top but age isn’t everything! The judges seemed to like the overall balance and sherry wood influence in the Knappogue Castle 14 Year Old.

 

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Knappogue Castle 16 Year Old Single Malt

Glendalough 13 Year Old Single Malt

 

Best Irish Blended Whiskey (RRP of Less Than €60) 

Teeling Small Batch

This is a blend of Irish grain and malt whiskeys that have been married in rum casks before bottling at 46%.

 

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Jameson Black Barrel

Jameson Crested Ten

 

Best Irish Blended Whiskey (RRP of €60 or more) 

 

 

Midleton Very Rare 2016

Well done to Midleton Very Rare for reclaiming its place as the top blended Irish whiskey. An Irish Distillers clean sweep was completed with jameson Blender’s Dog and jameson distiller’s safe also winning gold medals.

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Jameson Distiller's Safe

Jameson Blender's Dog

 

Best Irish Single Cask Whiskey

Marrowbone lane Irish Whiskey Society Bottling

This is the only category in which the Celtic Whiskey Shop had any products entered. In the end it was the Irish Whiskey Society who won by a cat’s whisker. There were only four single casks entered but they all scored really well with the judges achieving some of the best average scores of all the entries. 

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Power's Single Pot Still Celtic Whiskey Shop Single Cask

The Irishman 17 Year Old Single Cask

 

 Best Irish Cask Strength Whiskey

 

St. Patrick's Cask Strength Whiskey

Another win for one of the new breed of distillers. All the Cask Strength products scored well which suggests that the judges liked the extra flavours the higher strength brings. 

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Spade and Bushel 10 Year Old Single Malt

Dingle Distillery Cask Strength Whiskey

 

 Best Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey

Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength

We are sure this will be a popular winner as it is consistently singled out as one of the best in the Redbreast range. The quality in the single pot still category is obviously very high and the votes reflected this. Midleton distillery was not joined by any alternative pot still whiskeys this year, but maybe next year there will be another contender.

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Redbreast 21 Year Old

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy

Redbreast Lustau Edition

 

Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year

 

Leinster

 

The Dylan, Kilkenny 

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

The Palace Bar, Dublin

Bowes Bar, Dublin

 

 

Munster

 

Dick Mack's, Dingle, Co. Kerry 

 

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Folkhouse, Kinsale

The Shelbourne Bar, Cork

 

 

Connaught

 

Garavan's, Galway

 

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

 

An Púcán, Galway

 

 

Ulster

 

The Duke of York, Belfast

 

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

 

McCauls Bar, Cavan

Fealty's, Bangor 

 

International

 

Patrick's Bar, Paris

 

 

 

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