Triple Gold For Clonakilty Distillery at World Whiskies Awards

Clonakilty Distillery New Make | Head Distiller
Picture: Oisín Mulcahy, Head Distiller, Clonakilty Distillery

April 6th, 2023: Clonakilty Distillery becomes the first distillery to win Best New Make Whiskey in Ireland, twice.

Clonakilty Distillery celebrates scooping gold for Best New Make in Ireland for their Single Pot Still Spirit at the World Whiskies Awards 2023. This comes after receiving the same honour in 2020.

Accepting the award at a ceremony at Merchant Taylor’s Guild Hall in London, Michael Scully, Clonakilty Distillery founder, said: “We are proud to be the first whiskey producer to win this award twice, and see it as a confirmation that we are on the right path to launching a truly great whiskey in 2024, when we go to market with our single pot still whiskey for the first time.”

On the awards night, the distillery secured two further golds for Best Single Malt (12 Years and Under), and Best Single Cask Single Malt (21 Years & Over) In Ireland.

“Our success is a tribute to the team we have, and for their expertise, craftmanship and dedication to distilling quality spirits,” according to Scully. “This good news follows other recent victories, including the recognition of our Minke Vodka as one of the best vodkas in the world, and our Minke Gin as Ireland’s best classic gin.”

About Clonakilty Distillery

Established in 2018, Clonakilty Distillery is a family owned and operated distillery on Ireland’s South West Coast, along the popular Wild Atlantic Way. The distillery makes award winning whiskies, gins, and vodka.

Founded by the Scully Family, who have farmed this windswept coastal land for nine generations. With the best resources that nature has to offer, prime land, pristine water and salt sea air, they had the perfect ingredients for a maritime distillery.

About The World Whiskies Awards

The World Whiskies Awards are the gold standard of global whiskey awards, selecting the very best in all the international recognised styles, award and promote the world’s best whiskies to consumers and trade across the globe.

Triple Gold Award Details

  1. Best New Make & Young Spirit

    Judges Notes:

“The nose opens with a sake-like, fermented rice quality, baked potato and toasted cornflake notes, as well as blanched green beans. The palate leans towards toasted rice milk with fresh almonds and bitter cacao. The finish is light with gentle spiciness.

  1. Best Single Malt 12 Years & Under

Judges Notes:

“Black cherries and peaches on the nose build to toffee, raisins and apricots, before brown bread, ripe banana and walnuts arrive on the palate. The finish brings creamy milk chocolate in with gentle floral-like spices.”

  1. Best Single Cask Single Malt 21 Years & Over

Judges Notes:

“Apple crumble, cinnamon spice and gingerbread give a wonderful introduction to a sweet nose, which builds with tangerine, pineapple and blackcurrant on the palate. The finish features a dusty liquorice and mezcal-like funk.

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Second Release of Clonakilty O’Hara’s Cask Finish

Clonakilty O Hara's Second Batch

Clonakilty Distillery and Carlow Brewing Company have worked together again to release a second batch of Clonakilty O’Hara’s Cask Finish Special Edition.

This limited-edition of 1600 bottles hits the shelves on March 4th, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. The first release garnered a gold medal at the World Whiskey Awards 2022, and we anticipate this latest release will touch all the right notes again.

Maybe what makes this relationship work so well is how much our stories resemble each other. According to Carlow Brewing Company, Seamus O’Hara, “We are a local volume craft brewery with big goals, and our focus has always been on creating quality beers that push the envelope. Clonakilty has a similar story to tell about innovation in the whiskey industry.”

This second edition is a single malt whiskey aged in an ex-bourbon barrel, finished in O’Hara’s Imperial Stout and Winter Star Spiced Pale Ale barrels at our Atlantic Ocean warehouse.

According to Oisin Mulcahy, Head Distiller at Clonakilty Distillery, “A good whiskey should have engaging flavours and a beautiful aroma but still feel balanced, and I feel that is what we achieved with this second batch.” He continues, “The combination of stout and whiskey deliver a classic taste, and the spiced ale brings a greater depth and a slightly citrus finish.” 

The second release comes in at a slightly lower ABV of 47.5%, which balances the sweeter character of the beer with the malt whiskey. We encourage consumers to play around with the dilution and to have fun exploring the release of different flavours. For example, adding a few drops of water will open the beer aromas, revealing hints of allspice, chocolate, and orange.


Award History

Clonakilty O’Hara’s Cask Finish Special Edition: First released in 2020 and was awarded Category Winner in the Small Batch Single Malt 12 Years & Under at the World Whiskey Awards 2022.

Where To Buy

RRP: €64.95

Limited Release: 1,600 bottles

Available from the Distillery Shop in Clonakilty & Online Store, as well as Supervalu and Centra stores.

Tasting Notes

Nose/Aromas: Vanilla custard, candied ginger, hot chocolate, nutmeg and cinnamon

Palette/Flavours: Ginger cake, cardamom, fudge brownie, lemon peel

Finish: Allspice, chocolate and orange oil


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About Carlow Brewing Company

O Hara’s Carlow Brewing Company was established in Carlow 1996. They are an award winning brewery, renowned for their quality stouts and ales. The company use the highest quality raw materials with no short cuts. 

About Clonakilty Distillery

Clonakilty is Irelands maritime distillery located on the southwestern tip of Ireland. Founded by the Scully family in 2016, the distillery includes an award-winning visitor experience and gin school. The family grow their own barely and mature whiskey on the farm by the oceans edge.