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Here Are The Winners of The Irish Whiskey Awards 2023

Emerging and established Irish whiskey producers and patrons were  honoured at the 2023 Irish Whiskey Awards which took place at the Jameson Bow Street Distillery in Co. Dublin. The evening commenced with a tour of the distillery and a drinks reception hosted  by Irish Distillers at the Jameson Distillery, Bow Street in Dublin. 

Keynote speaker, Patrick Rigney, Founder for the The Shed Distillery, presented the awards, which  are now in their 10th year and span 20 categories across Irish whiskeys and spirits.  

Judging of this year’s awards took place earlier this August where organisers, Celtic Whiskey of  Celtic Whiskey Shop Dawson Street, hosted 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. 

The coveted Best Irish Whiskey of the Year prize was awarded to Connacht Irish Whiskey Distillery Exclusive Cask Strength.

The winners of the 2023 Irish Whiskey Awards are as follows: 

Overall Winner – Irish Whiskey of the Year 2023 

Connacht Distillery Exclusive Cask Strength

Whiskey Liqueur 

  • Winner: The Dubliner Honey 
  • Gold: The Whistler Honey Liqueur 
  • Gold: Tullamore DEW Honey 

Cream Liqueur  

  • Winner: St Patrick’s Cappucino Irish Cream 
  • Gold: Two Stacks Double Irish Cream Liqueur 
  • Gold: Coole Swan Irish Cream Liqueur 

Poitin  

  • Winner: Straw Boys Poitín 
  • Gold: Micil Heritage Poitín 
  • Gold: Bán Cask Aged Poitín 

Vodka  

  • Winner: Lough Ree 99 Vanilla Vodka 
  • Gold: Míl Vodka 
  • Gold: Istil Vanilla Vodka 

Gin  

  • Winner: Garnish Island Gin 
  • Gold: Micil Gin 
  • Gold: Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin 

Best Other Irish Spirit 

  • Winner: Stillgarden Café O’Maro 
  • Gold: Stillgarden Berrissimo 
  • Gold: Rebel City Distillery Series – Absinthe 

Single Pot Still 11 and Under 

  • Winner: Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Pinot Noir Cask
  • Gold: Jameson Single Pot Still 
  • Gold: Powers Three Swallows 

Single Pot Still 12 Year and Over 

  • Winner: Red Spot 15 Year Old 
  • Gold: Yellow Spot 12 Year Old 
  • Gold: Redbreast 15 Year Old 

Single Malt 11 Years and Younger  

  • Winner: Jack Ryan Whiskey 5 Year Old Oloroso Finish Cask Strength 
  • Gold: Dunville’s 10 Year Old Pedro Ximenez Cask 
  • Gold: The Irishman Legacy 

Single Malt 12 – 15 Year Old 

  • Winner: Tullamore DEW 14 Year Old 
  • Gold: Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old 
  • Gold: The Irishman 12 Year Old 

Single Malt 16 Years & Older  

  • Winner: The Irishman 17 Year Old 
  • Gold: Dunville’s 21 Year Old Palo Cortado Cask 
  • Gold: McConnell’s Irish Whisky 20 Year Old Port Finish Single Cask 

Blended No Age Statement  

  • Winner: Writers’ Tears Double Oak 
  • Gold: Jameson Crested 
  • Gold: Powers Gold Label 

Blended Age Statement  

  • Winner: McConnell’s Irish Whisky Sherry Cask (5 years) 
  • Gold: The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey 
  • Gold: Clan Colla 13 Year Old 

Blended Limited Release  

  • Winner: Writers’ Tears Japanese Cask Finish 
  • Gold: Dunville’s 1808 “Casked in Bond” Dick Mack’s Honey & Hemp IPA Cask, Cask No. 1451
  • Gold: Writer’s Tears Inniskillin Ice Wine 

Peated Irish Whiskey

  • Winner: Micil Single Cask Release with Garavan’s Bar 
  • Gold: Killowen Barántúil Single Cask KD202 
  • Gold: Celtic Cask 47 Daichead a Seacht 2016 Peated Oloroso 

Single Cask 11 Years & Younger  

  • Winner: Celtic Cask 44 Daichead a Ceathair 2014 PX Cask Finish 
  • Gold: Dunville’s PX 11 Year Old Single Malt Cask Strength 
  • Gold: Dunville’s 11 Year Old Palo Cortado Cask Strength 

Single Cask 12 Years & Older  

  • Winner: Dunville’s 22 Year Old Palo Cortado Cask No. 1204 
  • Gold: Dunville’s 20 Year Old Oloroso Cask Strength Cask No. 990 56.2% ABV
  • Gold: Dunville’s 21 Year Old PX Sherry Cask Finish – James J. Fox Single Cask 

Cask Strength  

  • Winner: Connacht Distillery Exclusive Cask Strength 
  • Gold: Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength 
  • Gold: Dunville’s 20 Year Old PX Cask Strength, Cask 1644, 55% ABV 

Single Grain  

  • Winner: The Bridge – Galey Bay 
  • Gold: The Bridge – Inny Bay 
  • Gold: Method and Madness Single Grain 

New Irish Whiskey 

  • Winner: Pearse Genesis Irish Whiskey 
  • Gold: Fercullen Single Malt 
  • Gold: Fercullen Estate Series ‘The Gates’ 

Commenting on the awards, organiser Ally Alpine — Managing Director of Celtic Whiskey Shop  and organiser of Whiskey Live Dublin — said:

“We are very excited to be able to co-host this year’s awards at Jameson Bow Street Distillery. 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”. 

The events charity partner, Mary’s Meals — www.marysmeals.ie — feed two million children  everyday whilst ensuring they attend school. Tickets for the awards were priced at €60 and all  proceeds from the night will be donated to sponsor the Kapatomoyo School in Zambia.  

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

The majority of the award-winning whiskeys named above are available for purchase from Celtic  Whiskey Shop on Dawson Street or online at www.celticwhiskeyshop.com.

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