The 2016 Irish Whiskey Awards

Announcing the 2016 Irish Whiskey Awards

We are proud to announce the Irish Whiskey Awards for 2016. The Awards will take place at the new Tullamore DEW Distillery in Co. Offaly on Thursday 20th October 2016.

With an ever increasing interest in Irish whiskey, it is more fitting than ever to recognise the excellence and innovation by producers and distillers.


This year, we are holding a blind tasting of entries will be spit over two Saturdays on September 3rd and September 10th. White spirits (Gin, Vodka & Poitín) will be blind tasted by members of the trade on Monday 12th September in No. 10 Stephen's Green. Entries will be tasted amongst other category entrants. Voting duties will be carried out by members of the Celtic Whiskey Club and also by the Irish Whiskey Society. We will allow up to 160 members to register to take part in the tasting. We will also allow up to 40 overseas members to register and we’ll send samples by post. Anyone submitting samples is welcome to be at the venue to check they are happy with the procedures in place. We will be getting all tasters to mark each whiskey out of 100 and voting will be done anonymously. After the awards we will release all scores only to the industry. Any submitted entries will be solely used for evaluation purposes. Each category winner will receive a trophy & runners up will get Gold Medals.

How to submit an entry

This year we are inviting all whiskey producers to submit their entries by 11th August 2016. An application form must be completed for each entry. Only whiskeys that will still be available (in retail) in October 2016 can be entered.

The awards are free to enter and we are inviting all wholesalers, distillers, bottlers, and indeed anyone with their own whiskey brand to get involved.

What we need from you are just four bottles of each item you would like to enter (Just over 3 bottles will be used for the blind tasting at Brooks Hotel & the remainder for overseas members) These will be used during the voting/tasting process as detailed above. If a whiskey wins a category we would need between 3-6 bottles for the awards ceremony.

Why enter?

The winners in each category will benefit from increased publicity across many platforms.

The awards ceremony will receive press coverage detailing the winners.

Results Promotions - The winners will be publicised across our social media channels, in store and on the awards website

The use of winners medals, trophies and icons for the promotion of the winning products.

What are the categories?

There will be an overall winner titled 'Irish Whiskey of the Year' along with the following categories.

            Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey
            Irish Single Malt Whiskey (12 Years & Younger)
            Irish 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

The only category that the Celtic Whiskey Shop or Irish Whiskey Society can enter is Irish Single Cask.

When are the awards announced?

The awards night will be held on the 20th October at the new Tullamore DEW distillery. Tickets will go on sale in a few months with all proceeds going to charity.

How to get in touch

If you would like to submit an entry to the awards please reply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01 675 9744.



About Us

The Irish Whiskey Awards started in 2013 and the event has gone on to be one of the biggest celebrations of Irish whiskey in the world.

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