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The World’s Best Irish New Make & Young Spirit – According To Judges at The 2024 World Whiskies Awards

March 25th, 2024: Clonakilty Distillery is proud to announce its recent success at the World Whiskies Awards, where it took home the prestigious title of The World’s Best Irish New Make & Young Spirit. This marks the third win for Clonakilty in the new make category within the past five years.

Michael Scully, Founder of Clonakilty Distillery, expressed his delight, stating, “We are thrilled to have received this award for our single malt new make, especially after our previous awards in 2020 and 2023 for our single pot still new make.” He continued, “Winning this award in 3 of the past 5 years is a testament to the distillers and the entire team at Clonakilty.”

“It’s In Our Nature,” as they say at Clonakilty. It takes a certain maverick spirit to transform the vision of establishing a craft distillery into a reality.

And you’ll find that spirit in Clonakilty, on the south-west tip of Ireland. An ancient, rocky coastline where 3,000 miles of ocean finally collide with land. Where whales bask offshore and the weather’s so wild, even the lighthouse keepers gave up.

Out here, people do things their own way. Like the Scully family. Farming the same land for nine generations. Taking the considered view that Irish whiskey could be improved, by harnessing natural elements in a unique and more sustainable way. So they did just that.

Building a distillery. Growing their own barley where the salty air, soft rain and mist infuse every grain. Boring deep into the ancient rock to draw the purest, clearest spring water.

The World Whiskies Awards represent the pinnacle of excellence in the whiskey industry, celebrating the finest expressions from around the country. With so many exceptional whiskies to choose from, discerning consumers and collectors alike rely on the expertise of their panel of judges.

This year, Clonakilty Distillery’s Single Malt New Make Spirit captured the title of The World’s Best Irish New Make & Young Spirit. A quintessential Irish Single Malt, this spirit is crafted from locally sourced malted barley and triple distilled in copper pot stills, embodying the essence of its sustainable coastal heritage.



About Clonakilty Distillery

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 whiskeys, gins, and vodka.

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.

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