The Irish Whiskey Awards 2014

Posted by System Administrator Tuesday 28th October 2014 2 Comment(s) Sláinte,

Thursday 23rd October 2014 saw the second holding of the annual Irish Whiskey Awards. Building on the success of the inaugural awards in 2013 the event took place in the Old Kilbeggan Distillery and was expanded to include several new categories such as best 'Irish Liqueur' and best 'Whiskey Barrel Aged Irish Beer'.

Guests were welcomed to some excellent new O’Hara’s craftbeers and Kilbeggan Cocktails by the very talented winner of Tales of the Cocktail International Bartender of the Year 2013, Jack McGarry from the Dead Rabbit Bar in New York. Following that a tour of the distillery commenced and attendees were delighted to see the old steam engine getting fired up (an event that usually happens just once a year).

Our very own Ally Alpine got the night started by introducing Aiofe Keane of the Irish Whiskey Association who was also at hand to present some of the awards. Along with Aoife there was also representation for the Irish Whiskey Society by Peter White. It should be pointed out that the Irish Whiskey Society were instrumental in the voting process for the awards along with members of the Celtic Whiskey Club. All tasting was done blind, with voters only being told the category that the chosen samples were listed in.

After some quick words it was down to announcing the winners, and here they are!

Irish Poitin Of The Year

WINNER: Teeling Whiskey Company Poitin

GOLD MEDALS: Glendalough Poitin and Glendalough Mountain Strength


Irish Single Grain Whiskey Of The Year

WINNER: Teeling Whiskey Company Single Grain

GOLD MEDAL: Greenore Single Grain


Blended Irish Whiskey Under €60

WINNER: Powers 12 Year Old Special Reserve

GOLD MEDALS: Tullamore Dew Phoenix and Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old


Blended Irish Whiskey Over €60

WINNER: Jameson Gold Reserve

GOLD MEDALS: Irishman Cask Strength and Midleton Very Rare 2014


Irish Single Malt of the Year (12 years old and under)

WINNER: Jack Ryans 12 Year OId

GOLD MEDALS: Tyrconnell Madeira Finish and Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old


Irish Single Malt of the Year (13 years old and over)

WINNER: Teeling 21 Year Old Vintage Reserve 

GOLD MEDALS: Knappogue Castle 14 Year Old and Bushmills 21 Year Old


Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey of the Year

  WINNER: Redbreast 21 Year Old

GOLD MEDALS: Midleton Barry Crockett and Redbreast 15 Year Old


Irish Cask Strength Whiskey Of The Year

WINNER: Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength

GOLD MEDAL: Writers Tears Cask Strength


Irish Single Cask Whiskey Of The Year

WINNER: Celtic Cask Naoi

GOLD MEDAL: Celtic Cask Sé


Irish Barrel Aged Beer Of The Year

WINNER: Franciscan Well Jameson Stout

GOLD MEDALs: O'Hara's Leann Follain and Franciscan Well Pale Ale


Irish Liqueur

WINNER: Coole Swan Cream Liqueur

GOLD MEDALS: Muldoon Liqueur and Celtic Honey Liqueur


Overall Irish Whiskey Of The Year

Redbreast 21 Year Old


Best Irish Whiskey Bar, Leinster

WINNER: The Palace Bar

GOLD MEDAL: L Mulligan Grocer and Bowes, Fleet St

Best Irish Whiskey Bar, Connaught

WINNER: Garavans

GOLD MEDALS: The Salt House and Lowrys, Clifden

Best Irish Whiskey Bar, Munster

WINNER: Dick Mack's, Dingle

GOLD MEDALS: Folkhouse, Kinsale and O'Loclainn's, Ballyvaughan

Best Irish Whiskey Bar, Ulster

WINNER: Duke of York, Belfast

GOLD MEDALS: John Hewitt's, Bittles and The Hudson Bar

Best International Bar

WINNER: Whiskey and Alement, Australia

GOLD MEDALS: Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grogg, New York and The Whiskey Jar, Manchester

Overall Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year

WINNER: Dick Mack's, Dingle