The 2017 Irish Whiskey Awards

Now accepting entries for the 2017 Irish Whiskey Awards
Entries are now being accepted for this year’s Irish Whiskey Awards. Which will be held at the Bow St Jameson Distillery on October 19th. 
The awards, which are now in their fifth year, span a total of 20 categories. 
The closing date for all entries is Tuesday 1st August and details on how to enter are on the attached entry form.
Judging of the Awards will take place over several sessions. Like other years, members of the Celtic Whiskey Club & Irish Whiskey Society will judge all whiskeys.
Lillies Bordello have very kindly given us the venue for the blind tastings and judges will be attending the sessions on the following dates:
Sat August 26th
Sat 2nd September
Sat 9th September
Overseas members of the Celtic Whiskey Club will also have the chance to purchase sample packs and vote without having to travel to Ireland. 
Members of the trade will be responsible for judging white spirit categories (Gin, Vodka & Poitin), which will take place in a separate tasting session.
Last year’s awards saw Knappogue Castle 14 Year-Old win the coveted award for Irish Whiskey of the Year, while Dick Mack’s in Dingle won the gong for Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year. 
The categories for this year are as follows:
Irish Whiskey of the Year
Irish Single Pot Still 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
For each entry we will require 4x70cl bottles and if the product wins an award we will also require a similar amount for the awards night. Details are on a separate product entry form.
As always, we will be working with our charity partner Mary’s Meals and all proceeds from the awards night will go towards helping feed children in impoverished areas of the world.
For further information and to receive an application form, please contact:
Al Higgins
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Tel: 016759744

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.



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.



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. 




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.



O'Hara's Barrel Aged Leann Folláin

Five Lamps Whiskey Barrel Aged Dark IPA



Best Irish Poitín


Bán Barrelled and Buried



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.


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. 



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.



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%.



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.


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. 


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. 


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.


Redbreast 21 Year Old

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy

Redbreast Lustau Edition


Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year




The Dylan, Kilkenny 


The Palace Bar, Dublin

Bowes Bar, Dublin





Dick Mack's, Dingle, Co. Kerry 



Folkhouse, Kinsale

The Shelbourne Bar, Cork





Garavan's, Galway




An Púcán, Galway





The Duke of York, Belfast




McCauls Bar, Cavan

Fealty's, Bangor 




Patrick's Bar, Paris




Evening Itinerary



Evening Itinerary Thursday 20th October 2016




Bus Departs from Dublin



Group arrive at distillery


Distillery tour to include Distillery House, Distillery Floor and Warehouse with John Quinn & Kevin Pigott 


Parting Glass of Tullamore DEW Phoenix on Mezzanine floor


Depart for Tullamore DEW Visitor Centre  


Welcome Drink at Visitor Centre


Buffet food served along with a Tullamore DEW whiskey tasting with John Quinn



(All guests who are travelling independently must be at the visitor's centre by 7pm)



Awards ceremony begins   



Awards ceremony ends


Bus departs for Dublin        





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