Irish Whiskey Awards 2014

A very belated thanks to all our members for taking part in the sampling and voting for the Irish Whiskey Awards. If you happened to have missed out on the results and winners there is a report on the Irish Whiskey Awards site here.

I know a lot of you are eager to find out the order of what was being tasted in the sampling rounds so here goes! All samples were selected in random order as previously stated.

Blended Irish Whiskeys, Under €60

  • #1 Uisce Beatha Irish Whiskey
  • #2 Bushmills Original White Label
  • #3 Bushmills Black Bush
  • #4 Teeling Small Batch
  • #5 Irishman Founders Reserve
  • #6 Writers Tears
  • #7 Kilbeggan
  • #8 Powers 12 Year Old
  • #9 Jameson Select Reserve Black Barrel
  • #10 Jameson
  • #11 Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old
  • #12 Powers Gold Label
  • #13 Tullamore Phoenix

Blended Irish Whiskey, Over €60

  • #1 Irishman Cask Strength
  • #2 Midleton Very Rare 2014
  • #3 Jameson Gold Reserve

Irish Single Malts, 12 Years And Under

  • #1 Teeling Single Malt
  • #2 Palace Bar Single Malt
  • #3 Bushmills 10 Year Old
  • #4 Tyrconnell Single Malt
  • #5 Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old
  • #6 Tyrconnell 10 Year Old Madeira Finish
  • #7 Irishman Single Malt
  • #8 Connemara 12 Year Old
  • #9 Tyrconnell 10 Year Old Sherry FInish
  • #10 Irishman 12 Year Old
  • #11 Tyrconnell 10 Year Old Port Finish
  • #12 Connemara
  • #13 Jack Ryan 12 Year Old

Irish Single Malts, 13 Years Old And Over

  • #1 Teeling 21 Year Old
  • #2 Teeling 26 Year Old
  • #3 Bushmills 16 Year Old
  • #4 Knappogue Castle 14 Year Old
  • #5 Bushmills 21 Year Old
  • #6 Knappogue Castle 16 Year Old

Single Pot Still Whiskeys

  • #1 Greenspot
  • #2 Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy
  • #3 Yellowspot 12 Year Old
  • #4 Redbreast 12 Year Old
  • #5 Redbreast 15 Year Old
  • #6 Powers Signature Release
  • #7 Powers 12 Year Old John’s Lane Reserve
  • #8 Redbreast 21 Year Old
  • #9 Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength

Irish Single Cask Whiskeys

  • #1 Celtic Cask Sé
  • #2 Celtic Cask Naoi

Irish Cask Strength Whiskeys

  • #1 Writers Tears Cask Strength
  • #2 Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength

Irish Single Grain Whiskeys

  • #1 Greenore Single Grain
  • #2 Teeling Single Grain

Irish Poitin

  • #1 Glendalough Poitin
  • #2 Teeling Whiskey Company Poitin
  • #3 Bán Poitin
  • #4 Glendalough Mountain Strength
  • #5 Glendalough Sherry Finish

Whiskey Barrel Aged Irish Beers

  • #1 Franciscan Well Jameson Whiskey Cask Aged Pale Ale
  • #2 Bru Dubh Barrel Aged Stout
  • #3 O’Hara’s Barrel Aged Series Leann Follain
  • #4 Franciscan Well Jameson Whiskey Cask Aged Stout

Irish Liqueurs

  • #1 Banshee Legend Liqueur
  • #2 Muldoon Irish Whiskey Liqueur
  • #3 Dubliner Irish Whiskey Liqueur
  • #4 Celtic Honey Irish Whiskey Liqueur
  • #5 Coole Swan Superior Irish Cream Liqueur
  • #6 Ruby Blue Cranberry Liqueur
  • #7 Ruby Blue Blueberry Liqueur
  • #8 Ruby Blue Blackcurrant Liqueur
  • #9 Ruby Blue Chili Pepper Liqueur

Voting Commences On Best Irish Bars For The Irish Whiskey Awards

We are looking for our members to submit final votes for the Best Irish Whiskey Bars category in the Irish Whiskey Awards.

The following bars have received nominations.

Leinster Whiskey Bars
Dylan Whisky Bar, Kilkenny
The Mercantile
O’Neills, Suffolk Street Dublin
L Mulligan Grocer
The Palace Bar
Bison Bar
The Stag’s Head
Brook’s Hotel
The Temple Bar
57 The Headline
Hughes On Chancery St
Blooms Hotel/The Vat House
Beggars Bush/Jack Ryans
The Norseman, formerly Farringtons, Temple Bar
The Wicklow Heather, Laragh, Co Wicklow
Hugh Lynch’s, Tullamore
Bowe’s, Dublin

Munster Whiskey Bars
Cronin’s Bar, Crosshaven
Dick Mack’s Pub, Dingle
Courtney’s Pub, Killarney
The Folk House, Kinsale
Michael Flannerys Pub, Limerick
Galtee Inn, Cahir
O’Loclainn’s Bar, Ballyvaugh
The Shelbourne Bar, Cork
The Beaufort Bar, Kerry
The Bierhaus, Cork

Connaught Whiskey Bars
Freeney’s Bar Galway
Garavan’s Bar Galway
Lowry’s Pub Clifden
The Salt House, Galway

Ulster Whiskey Bars
Duke of York Belfast
Bittles Bar, Belfast
The Hudson Bar, Belfast

International Whiskey Bars
Scanlan’s Tavern, Gernika/Guernica, Spain
Patrick’s Le Ballon Vert, Paris
Murphy’s Law, Augburg, Germany
The Whiskey Jar, Manchester
The Irish Bred Pub, Carrollton, GA (USA)
Whisky & Alemant, Melbourne, Australia
The Dead Rabbit, New York

Voting details are on the latest email to Celtic Whiskey Club members.

Samples Are On The Way!

Our samples for September are being sent today. This time round we have been fortunate enough to get our hands on some Connemara 22 Year Old. This is the oldest official release yet from the Cooley Distillery (now rebranded as the Kilbeggan Distilling Company), and it also the oldest peated Irish whiskey ever released. Look out for it in the next week or so.

As usual we will be holding a Tweet tasting for club members. This is scheduled for 7.30pm on Wednesday the 8th October. Please join us on Twitter, we’ll be using the hashtag #connemara22 and will be Tweeting from the usual accounts @celticwhiskey and @celticwhiskeycl

Club News February 2014

First of all we would like to welcome all the new members that were signed up since Christmas time. It’s great to see so much interest in the club, and indeed in Irish whiskey in general.

For those of you that live nearby we have a few whiskey tastings coming up that have been organised through the shop. Don’t forget that all club members get a discount on these, so be sure to mention your membership when buying a ticket. Details are below:

All tastings start at 7:30pm and are held at the Palace Bar, Fleet Street, Dublin.

6th March 2014- Single Malts from the Benriach Distillery
This will include some rare gems from 1977 and 1976.
Tickets €40 in advance. €36 for Celtic Whiskey Club members.

20th March 2014- Underneath the Covers at the Teeling Whiskey Company
An in depth look at the offerings from the Teeling Whiskey Company.
Tickets €22.50 in advance. €20 for Celtic Whiskey Club members.

Future tasting events; 10th April, 1st May, 22nd May. Details TBC.

The next sample for club members is coming in around 2-3 weeks. We have a bumper edition, so to speak, this time. More details will be announced soon, but we hope to give you 3 samples this time, not just one!


The 2013 Irish Whiskey Awards – Results

We would like to thank everyone that came along to the awards evening on Friday the 4th October. The event was a big success with a great selection of food and drink, and a good time had by all.

Extra special thanks to the Celtic Whiskey Club and Irish Whiskey Society for taking part in the voting process, to all the suppliers who helped out on the evening, and to all the staff at the Bow Street visitor’s centre.

We can now reveal the winners!

Irish Poitin of the Year

Teeling Whiskey Company Poitin

Runners up…

Glendalough Sherry Cask Poitin and Cooley Single Pot Still Poitin.

Best Blended Whiskey (under €50)

Writers Tears Pot Still Blend

Runners up…

Powers 12 Year Old Special Reserve, Teeling Small Batch

Best Blended Whiskey (over €50)

Midleton Very Rare 2013

Runners up…

Jameson Gold Reserve and Jameson 18 Year Old Limited Reserve

Irish Single Cask of the Year

Tyrconnell 14 Year Old Cask 204/96

Runner up…

Midleton Cask 1044, Bottled for the Loop at Dublin Airport

Cask Strength Whiskey of the Year

Redbreast 12 Year old cask strength

Runners up…

Writers Tears Cask strength and Connemara Turf Mor

Single Pot Still Whiskey of the Year

Redbreast 15 Year Old

Runners up…

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy and Yellow Spot 12 Year Old

Irish Single Malt of the Year

Bushmills 21 Year Old

Runners up…

Teeling Whiskey Company 21 Year Old and Bushmills 12 Year Old Distillery Reserve.

Whiskey Bar of the Year

L Mulligan Grocers

And the runners up…

The Palace Bar, WJ Kavanaghs and Against the Grain

and finally.

The Irish Whiskey of the Year 2013

Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength




The countdown is nearly over. The votes have all been cast and the trophies are on their way.

We are looking forward to a night of celebration on Friday the 4th October. Join us for the inaugural Irish Whiskey Awards from 7.30pm.

There are still a limited number of tickets left for the night which is an unmissable opportunity to try the best Irish Whiskeys and to mingle with the people that help make it.

There will be food and drink available from the start with representatives from beer, poitin and whiskey companies serving up their wares.

In-store Cask Strength and Single Cask whiskey tastings

Hello Club Members,

It is time to get going on the Irish Single Cask and Irish Cask Strength categories for the Irish Whiskey awards. There are not many products made in these two categories but the quality is very high and it is worth getting familiar with the eligible whiskeys. To give you the chance to try some we will be offering daily in-store tastings from Saturday 14th-Wednesday 18th September.
We will be giving anyone that can make it into the shop some free samples and a voting form which they can submit there and then. Just pop in with your membership card (or quote your name and number) and a member of staff will be able to help out. For everyone else we will be asking for proxy votes via email this will be done on Friday 13th and will be included with final voting in some of the remaining categories. 
We would also like to remind you that tickets are still available to the Irish Whiskey Awards which take place on Friday 4th October. These are available to buy from the shop for just €25 per member and €40 for non-members.