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Irish Whiskey Awards 2021


Emerging and established Irish whiskey producers and patrons were honoured this evening at the 2021 Irish Whiskey Awards which took place at the Powerscourt Distillery in Co. Wicklow. The evening commenced with a tour of the distillery and a drinks reception hosted by the Powerscourt Distillery co-founders and team.

Keynote speaker, Jack Teeling, Founder and Manager for Teeling Whiskey presented the awards, which are now in their eighth year and span over 12 categories.

Judging of this year’s awards took place earlier this Summer where organisers, Celtic Whiskey, posted out several hundred, blind tasting packs to members of the Celtic Whiskey Club, Irish Whiskey Society — Dublin and Dingle, Cork Whiskey Society, Waterford Whiskey Society, Kilkenny Whiskey Guild, Ennis Whiskey Club, 1875 Whiskey Club and Belfast Whiskey Club. All results have been audited and verified by Serghios Florides, Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Irish Whiskey Magazine and William Lavelle from the Irish Whiskey Association.

Celtic Cask 1999 – Tríocha a Cúig – 35 won the coveted Best Irish Whiskey of the Year prize with extremely close competition from Dunvilles 18 Year Old Single Cask which picked up a gold medal and the much-coveted second place.


The winners of the 2021 Irish Whiskey Awards are as follows:

Overall Winner- Irish Whiskey of the Year 2021
Best Irish Whiskey of the Year – Celtic Cask 1999 – Tríocha a Cúig – 35


Single Pot Still 11 and Under
Winner: Method & Madness Single Pot Still French Chestnut
Gold: Busker Single Pot Still
Gold: Teeling Single Pot Still

Single Pot Still 12 Year and Over (only two entrants)
Winner: Powers Johns Lane
Gold: Redbreast 12 Year Old

Blended Limited Release
Winner: Writers’ Tears Inniskillen Icewine Cask Finish
Gold: Dubliner Old Fashioned Beer Cask
Gold: Eiregold Special Reserve

Blended No Age Statement
Winner: Jameson Black Barrel
Gold: Sailors Home The Journey
Gold: The Irishman Founder’s Reserve Rum Finish

Blended With Age Statement
Winner: Jameson Bow Street 18 Year Old
Gold: Pearse 7 Year Old Distillers Choice
Gold: Tullamore DEW 12 Year Old

Single Malt 11 and Under
Winner: The Irishman Single Malt Marsala Cask Finish
Gold: Writers Tears Red Head
Gold: Jack Ryan Haddington

Single Malt 12-15 Years Old
Winner: Gelston’s 15 YO Sherry Cask
Gold: Method & Madness Single Malt
Gold: The Irishman 12-Year-Old Single Malt

Single Malt 16 Years and Over
Winner: The Irishman 17-Year-Old Single Malt
Gold: Tullamore DEW 18 Year Old
Gold: Dublin Liberties Keepers Coin Batch 2

Single Grain
Winner: Teeling Single Grain (Vintage 13YO)
Gold: The Bridge Bethlehem Release
Gold: Method & Madness Single Grain

Single Cask
Winner: Celtic Cask 1999 – Tríocha a Cúig – 35
Gold: Dunville’s 18 Year Old Cask 989
Gold: The Irishman Peated Red Ale Cask

Cask Strength
Winner: Dunvilles 12 Year Old PX Cask Strength
Gold: Redbreast 27 Year Old
Gold: Writers’ Tears Cask Strength 2021

New Irish Whiskey
Winner: Shortcross Single Malt
Gold: Connacht Whiskey Single Malt
Gold: Teeling Black Pitts

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

“We are delighted to celebrate the excellence and innovation in the Irish Whiskey industry this evening all whilst raising funds for our incredible charity partner Mary’s Meals. Tonight’s event will feed 572 pupils at Kapatamoyo school in Zambia every day for a year.”

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 and 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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