International Spirits Challenge: Irish distiller wins prestigious award

(L-R) Christian Davis, Editor of Drinks International, Billy Leighton, Head Blender for Irish Distillers, Brian Nation, Head Distiller at Irish Distillers and Justin Smith, Publisher of Drinks International.
(L-R) Christian Davis, Editor of Drinks International, Billy Leighton, Head Blender for Irish Distillers, Brian Nation, Head Distiller at Irish Distillers and Justin Smith, Publisher of Drinks International.

The strengh of Ireland's whiskey industry has been illustrated once again with a strong showing at the International Spirits Challenge

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14 July 2016 | 0

Irish distiller Pernod Ricard has been named Producer of the Year at this year’s prestigious International Spirits Challenge, topping the World Whiskies group, encompassing the Irish Whiskey category along with all other world whiskeys. This recent success showcases the continuing success of the Irish whiskey industry, which is undergoing something of a renaissance the past few years.

At the ceremony in London’s Honourable Artillery Company, Brian Nation of Irish Distillers collected the award, calling it testament to those who work in the industry. “This is down to the dedication and commitment of the passionate craftspeople at the Middleton Distillery past and present,” Nation said. “It’s a huge honour to be part of the team that is collectively recognised as producer of the year for all world whiskeys, and a fantastic motivation to continue crafting our award-winning products with the utmost care and consistency.

In addition to being named “World Whiskies Producer of the Year” Irish Distillers collected awards across its portfolio of Irish whiskeys:

  • Jameson Black Barrel (Gold)
  • Jameson 18 Year Old (Gold)
  • Jameson Bold (Gold)
  • Jameson Round (Gold)
  • Redbreast 12 Year Old (Gold)
  • Yellow Spot (Gold)
  • Powers John’s Lane Release (Gold)
  • Jameson Original (Silver)
  • Jameson Signature (Silver)
  • Jameson Caskmates (Silver)
  • Jameson Crested (Silver)
  • Jameson Lively (Silver)
  • Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength (Silver)
  • Redbreast 15 Year Old (Silver)
  • Redbreast 21 Year Old (Silver)
  • Green Spot (Silver)

Now in its 21st year, the ISC is one of the world’s most influential competitions in promoting outstanding quality spirits. The competition is founded on a rigorous and independent judging process, and receives more than 1,300 entries from nearly 70 countries worldwide.

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