Irish Whiskey Awards 2018!
The categories for this year are as follows:
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
NEW Irish Whiskey Award (Only distilleries open 3-8 years can enter and it must be distilled on site)
The whiskey with the highest overall score will become Irish Whiskey of the Year.
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)
The bar with the most votes will become Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year.
Irish Whiskey Barrel Aged Beer
Judging of the Awards will take place in August and September by members of the Celtic Whiskey Club, Irish Whiskey Society, Kilkenny Whiskey Guild, Galway Whiskey Trail & Cork Whiskey Society. The judging sessions will take place on the following dates:
Dublin Tasting 1 - Saturday 25th August (12-5.30pm) Lillie's Bordello
Cork Tasting 1 - Saturday 25th August (12-5pm) The Markdyke Complex, Holy Smoke Bar
Dingle Tasting - Thursday 30th August (6-9.30pm) Dick Mack's
Galway Tasting - Saturday 1st September (12-5.30pm) The Skeff Bar
Dublin Tasting 2 - Thursday 6th September (5.30-9pm) Lillie's Bordello
Cork Tasting 2 - Thursday 6th September (5.30-9pm) Rearden's, Washington Street
Kilkenny Tasting - Saturday 8th September (12-5.30pm) Harry's Bar at Langton's Hotel
Members of the trade will be responsible for judging the white spirit categories (Gin, Vodka & Poitín) as well as barrel-aged beers and liqueurs, which will take place in a separate tasting session.
Last year's awards saw the Teeling Revival IV win the prestigious award for Irish Whiskey of the Year, whilst Garavan's in Galway won Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year.
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 everyday whilst ensuring they attend school. For many it is their only meal of the day and this year we are very proud to announce that the Irish Whiskey Awards and Celtic Whiskey will join forces to sponsor the Kapatamoyo school in Zambia. €10951.20 will be required yearly to feed the 702 pupils.
#IWA18 - is this year's hashtag, please get involved!
Tickets will be available for purchase to this year's Irish Whiskey Awards on the first week of October. They are extremely limited for this event and available from Celtic Whiskey Shop on a first come, first serve basis.
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