Last Friday, 24th of November, Irish Distillers was chosen as Distiller of the Year at the first Icons of Whisky Ireland Awards. These awards aim to highlight the diversity and passion of today’s Irish whiskey industry.
The awards were presented by Rob Allanson, Editor of Whisky Magazine and included the Hall of Fame Ireland ceremony. Commenting on the significant achievement, Jean-Christophe Coutures, Chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers said: “We are delighted to have been acknowledged with such a prestigious range of awards in this year’s Icons of Whisky Ireland. To receive recognition in a number of areas from whiskey tourism to innovation from our industry peers is extremely special. It is also a tribute to the growth and success of Irish whiskey and Jameson that the organisers of the Icons of Whisky, Whisky Magazine, decided Ireland warranted its own category from this year.”
The company took home several major accolades on the night. Just shortly after reopening after 6 months of redevelopment works and a €11 million investment, Jameson Distillery Bow St was recognised as the top visitor attraction and Billy Leighton, Irish Distiller’s Master Blender took home the Master Blender Award.
Commenting on the accolade he said: “Although I have the privilege of accepting this award, this win is down to the dedication, commitment and the passion of everyone at Midleton Distillery. This award is a testament to the hard work we have put in through our commitment to innovation.”
Gerard Garland, Advocacy Team Manager and Irish Whiskey Ambassador, received the coveted Irish Whiskey Brand Ambassador 2017 Award, and Paul Wickham was highly commended in the Distillery Manager category. Irish Distillers was also highly commended in the Brand Innovator category. The night celebrated a wide range of established and new whiskey brands and distilleries, highlighting the continued renaissance that Irish whiskey is experiencing in recent years.
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