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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Hot Whiskey Recipe

It’s coming closer to Christmas time, and you know what that means? It’s nearly time for some Hot Whiskeys!

Here at Clonakilty Distillery we have created the perfect recipe for you to try at home, it’s so quick and simple you could do it with your eyes closed.

(Makes 1 drink)

Hot Water
35ml Clonakilty Double Oak Whiskey
1 tsp of Honey
1 Lemon with cloves


  1. Fill a mug with hot water.
  2. Add in some Clonakilty Double Oak Whiskey.
  3. Put in 1 teaspoon of honey to your mixture.
  4. Stir.
  5. Lastly, place a lemon stuffed with cloves in your drink.
  6. Enjoy!

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