The 2023 Irish Whiskey Awards

Irish Whiskey Awards 2023 at the Midleton Distillery, Cork


Celtic Whiskey, organisers of the annual Irish Whiskey Awards, are delighted to announce that this year’s ceremony will be held at Midleton Distillery. The event will take place on Thursday October 26th, 2023 and will see emerging and established Irish whiskey producers and patrons come together to celebrate the best the Irish whiskey and spirits industry has to offer. As with every year, the evening will commence with a tour of the distillery and a drinks reception hosted by Irish Distillers.


The awards are now in their 10th year, this year there are 20 categories spanning across Irish whiskeys and spirits. Judging of this year’s awards will take place in August across the country. Organisers, Celtic Whiskey of Celtic Whiskey Shop Dawson Street, will host several blind tastings in Dublin’s Flowing Tide pub on Abbey Street and have been coordinating other tastings throughout Ireland with members of the Irish Whiskey Society — Dublin and Dingle, Cork Whiskey Society, Waterford Whiskey Society, Kilkenny Whiskey Guild, Ennis Whiskey Club,

1875 Whiskey Club, Carlow Whiskey Society, Belfast Whiskey Club and the Aviator’s Whiskey Society.


This year’s awards will also see the return of the White Spirits and Whiskey Liqueurs categories for which a selected panel of local bar staff, mixologists and industry experts will blind taste and score the Irish Gins, Poitins, Vodkas, Cream Liqueurs, Whiskey Liqueurs and Other Irish Spirits. The full list of categories for the Irish Whiskey Awards 2023 are:


Irish Whiskey:

Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey (11 Years & Younger, inc Non Age Statement) Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey (12 Years & Older)

Irish Single Malt Whiskey (11 Years & Younger, inc 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, inc Non Age Statement) Irish Single Cask Whiskey (12 Years & Older)

Irish Cask Strength Whiskey Irish Single Grain Whiskey

NEW Irish Whiskey — only distilleries open 3-6 years can enter and it must be distilled on site. Peated Irish Whiskey



Irish White Spirits & Irish Liqueurs:

Irish Whiskey Liqueur Irish Cream Liqueur Irish Poitin

Irish Vodka Irish Gin

Other Irish Spirit (liqueurs, apple spirits, bitters, aperitifs, rum, etc)



Commenting on this year’s awards, organiser Ally Alpine — Managing Director of Celtic Whiskey and organiser of Whiskey Live Dublin — said “We are very excited to be able to

co-host this year’s awards at Midleton. The IWA’s are always a fantastic night celebrating the excellence and innovation in the Irish Whiskey and Spirits industry, all whilst raising funds for our incredible charity partner Mary’s Meals. There are more than 64 million primary school-age children out of school around the world. In order to survive, they have to work or beg. Even if they do make it into the classroom, hunger affects their ability to learn. The money raised through the Irish Whiskey Awards each year ensures that 629 children are fed for a whole school year at the Kapatamoyo school in Zambia”.

Mary’s Meals — — feed two million children everyday, whilst ensuring they attend school. All proceeds from ticket sales for the night will be donated to sponsor the Kapatomoyo School in Zambia.


Ticket’s are €70 and sold based on allocation to industry entrants, judges and press via Celtic Whiskey Shop.


Drinks Industry Ireland are the event’s media partner as they have been for many years and key sponsors include the Irish Whiskey Association and Tuath Irish Whiskey Glass.

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If you require any further information re. entries or PR enquiries, please contact:

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The Irish Whiskey Awards is a division of the Celtic Whiskey Shop Limited — a company registered in Ireland under company number 367358 whose registered office is at 27-28 Dawson St, Dublin, D2, Ireland.

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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