Irish Distillers named Whiskey Producer of the Year

(L-R) Irish Distillers executives Paul Wickham, general manager; Tommy Keane, production director; Billy Leighton, master blender and Dave McCabe, blender, with Sir George Fistonich, president, International Wine and Spirits Competition, centre

Irish Distillers has received one of the top prizes at the 2019 International Wine and Spirits Competition in London. The spirits producer was named Whiskey Producer of the Year for its work with brands including Jameson, Powers, Redbreast, Midleton and more.

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3 December 2019 | 0

Irish Distillers, the drinks giant that produces world-famous spirits brands including Jameson, Powers, Redbreast and Midleton, has been awarded the World Whiskey Producer of the Year trophy at the 2019 International Wine and Spirits Competition in London.

Irish Distillers acheived this result after scoring the highest number of medals across its portfolio of Irish whiskeys throughout the 2019 awards season, beating distillers from Japan, Ireland and the USA. 2019 was also a year of recognition for Midleton Distillery, which saw it claim 24 award wins including the Worldwide Whiskey Trophy for Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still – still the most decorated single pot still Irish whiskey in the world.

Other winners for Irish Distillers at the International Wine and Spirits Competition included Jameson’s Cooper’s Croze and Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy, while the Powers Three Swallows release, Powers John’s Lane 12 Year Old, Redbreast 15 Year Old and Red Spot 15 Year Old Single Pot Still were also awarded gold medals.

Now in its 50th year, the International Wine and Spirits Competition was the first event of its kind to seek out, reward and promote the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs. Its judging process is carried out by panels made up of carefully selected industry experts including master distillers, masters of wine, wine and spirit buyers and sommeliers, WSET qualified educators and wine & spirit journalists.

“We are honoured to be recognised as World Whiskey Producer of the Year by one of the world’s most respected awards bodies,” said Tommy Keane, production director at Irish Distillers. “This trophy is a tribute to the incredibly hard working passionate and skilled craftsmen and women at Midleton. 2019 has truly been a landmark year for Irish Distillers.”



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