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Always a highlight in the Irish whiskey calendar, the ninth Irish Whiskey Awards took place on 10th November in Pearse Lyon’s Distillery, in the heart of Dublin’s Liberties.

Attended by over 120 guests including brand and industry representatives, and whiskey enthusiasts from all over Ireland and a small number from abroad.

 

The evening was introduced by Ally Alpine followed by introductory speeches from the late Dr. Pearse Lyons son Mark Lyons and by his brother John Lyons. They spoke about the success of Irish whiskey and the monumental efforts to restore the former church premises that is now home to the Pearse Lyon’s Distillery.

This year’s guest speaker was Gerard Garland, Irish Distillers Whiskey Ambassador. With over 20 years experience in the Irish whiskey sector, Ger recalled his early days as Brand Ambassador and how his role developed over the years. He praised the industry for their contribution to bringing Irish whiskey to the status it has achieved and welcomed the many entrants into the sector.

 

The entries this year were judged by members of eight Irish whiskey societies from all across the country and the results were audited by William Lavelle, Head of the Irish Whiskey Association.

Congratulations to Ally Alpine and the team at Celtic Whiskey Shop and also to all the staff at Pearse Lyon’s Distillery who hosted the wonderful event.

Also worthy of mention is that proceeds from the event went to the charity partner Mary’s Meals, an organisation that feeds over two million children every day globally.

 

The winners and gold medalists for each category were:

Overall Winner – Irish Whiskey of the Year 2022

Best Irish Whiskey of the Year – Dunville’s 21 YO Palo Cortado Sherry Cask Finish Cask No. 1197.

 

Other categories:

Whiskey Liqueur

Winner: Muldoon Whiskey Liqueur
Gold: The Whistler Irish Honey Whiskey
Gold: St Patrick’s Orange Whiskey Liqueur

 

Cream Liqueur

Winner: St Patrick’s Irish Cream Liqueur

Gold: Merrys White Chocolate Irish Cream Liqueur
Gold: Five Farms Irish Cream Liqueur

 

Poitin

Winner: Boann ‘New Born’ New Make Spirit

Gold: Micil Heritage Poitín
Gold: Bán Poitín

 

Vodka

Winner: Zesty Citrus Vodka

Gold: Istil 38 Pot Still Vanilla Vodka
Gold: Istil 38 Pot Still Vodka

 

Gin

Winner: Silks Irish Dry Gin

Gold: Sling Shot Gin
Gold: Method & Madness Gin

 

Best Other Irish Spirit

Winner: Aqua Vitae

Gold: 1848 Apple Brandy

 

Single Pot Still 11 Years and Under

Winner: Two Stacks Polorais II- Red Ice Wine Finish

Gold: Writers’ Tears Single Pot Still
Gold: Old Comber Single Pot Still

 

Single Pot Still 12 Years and OverWinner: Redbreast 15 YO

Gold: Powers John’s Lane 12 YO
Gold: Redbreast 12 YO

 

Single Malt 11 Years and Younger

Winner: Dunville’s 10 YO PX

Gold: Croithlí, Coillín Darach Oak Series – Quercus Robur
Gold: Shortcross Peated Single Malt

 

Single Malt 12 – 15 Year Old

Winner: Jack Ryan Finisher’s Touch 12 YO

Gold: Pearse Lyons ‘Founder’s Choice’ 12 YO
Gold: The Irishman 12 YO

 

Single Malt 16 Years & Older

Winner: Dunville’s 20 YO Oloroso Sherry Cask

Gold: Fercullen 21 YO
Gold: Clan Colla 20 YO PX Finish 46%

 

Blended No Age Statement

Winner: Micil Inverin Small Batch

Gold: Foxes Bow
Gold: Michael Collins ‘The Prediction’

 

Blended Age Statement

Winner: Jameson 18 YO

Gold: McConnell’s 5 YO
Gold: Pearse Lyons ‘The Original’ 5 YO

 

Blended Limited Release

Winner: Teeling Small Batch Collaboration – Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple

Gold: Jameson Black Barrel Proof
Gold: Fercullen Estate Series ‘The Italian Gardens’

 

Single Cask 11 Years & Younger

Winner: Teeling Single Pot Still Chestnut PX Cask No. 29842

Gold: The Whistler P.X. I Love You 9 YO
Gold: Green Spot Greek Wine Cask

 

Single Cask 12 Years & Older

Winner: Dunville’s 21 YO Palo Cortado Sherry Cask Finish Cask No. 1197

Gold: Powers 15 YO Single Cask No. 10099
Gold: Dunville’s 20 YO Temple Bar PX Sherry Cask No. 1651

 

Cask Strength

Winner: Redbreast 27 YO Single Pot Still

Gold: Shortcross Rye & Malt Cask Strength
Gold: St. Patrick’s Cask Strength

 

Single Grain

Winner: Celtic Cask Daichead a Dó (42) 2009 Anima Negra Cask

Gold: The Bridge Single Grain- Killunure Release
Gold: Egan’s Vintage Grain

 

New Irish Whiskey

Winner: Pearse Lyons Genesis Release

Gold: The Busker Single Pot Still

 


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