Aldi wins big at the World Spirit Awards 2020
23 March 2020
Aldi Ireland took home the gold for two of its bespoke spirits at the World Spirits Awards in Austria last week.
The discounter won gold in the dry gin category for its Boyles Gin, while its Ardfallen Whiskey won gold in the blended Irish whiskey category.
The World Spirits Awards are considered to be the highest quality spirits awards in the world, honouring the best producers and products of spirits .
Since 2016, Blackwater Distillery has partnered with Aldi to develop the private-label Boyle’s Gin brand exclusively for the retailer’s Irish and UK markets. Every drop of Boyle’s Gin is produced in Blackwater Valley, Waterford, using the finest imported botanicals, along with local apples, blackcurrants and elderflowers to produce a truly world-class gin. Boyle’s Gin previously won gold at The Gin Masters 2018.
Peter Mulryan of Blackwater Distillery said: “It was been wonderful to work with Aldi to bring quality Irish craft gin to the widest possible audience. This latest award is very much appreciated.”
Exclusively sold in Aldi, Ardfallen Irish Whiskey is triple distilled and matured in bourbon casks. Ardfallen takes its name from the area from which the malted barley is sourced in Co. Cork. The whiskey is crafted in small batches and has been meticulously blended to give an aroma of chocolate, almond and green fruit with a lingering sweetness to the taste and a finish of vanilla and cocoa that ends with a slight spiciness. Ardfallen Irish Whiskey previously won bronze at the Irish Quality Food Awards 2019.
Tom Doorley, Aldi’s spirits expert said: “From one of Ireland’s exciting newer distilleries comes this traditionally triple-distilled Irish whiskey. Delicate yet spicy, it has aromas of fresh nuts and a hint of apple. Ageing in Bourbon casks has imparted a warm, vanilla, toasty character that tastes round and generous on the palate.”
Both Boyle’s Irish Gin and Ardfallen Irish Whiskey are on sale in Aldi stores nationwide now.