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
- Best New Make & Young Spirit
“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.
“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.”
“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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