Icons of Whisky Ireland 2019 winners revealed

Whisky Magazine has announced the winners of its Icons of Whisky Ireland 2019 at the Whisky Magazine Awards Dublin.

The night was hosted by Rob Allanson, Whisky Magazine editor, who says: “It’s been another phenomenal year for Irish whiskey and tonight’s awards are reflection of that. Whether it’s a boundary pushing new expression, a celebration of a major milestone, or a new visitor experience that galvanises the whiskey loving public, each innovation is ensuring that Ireland is firmly rooted as a major player in the whiskey world. Congratulations to all of our winners this evening and indeed to all those who were nominated.”

Winners in each category will now go head-to-head with their contemporaries from across the globe for the overall title. Full results from the Whisky Magazine Awards Ireland will be published in Whisky Magazine Issue 156, available from Friday 7 December 2019. Tickets can be purchased for the global finale of the Icons of Whisky Awards 2019, the Whisky Magazine Awards London, March 29 2019. 

Distiller of the Year | Sponsored by Glencairn

o  Highly Commended: Teeling Whiskey Co.

o  Category Winner: Irish Distillers


Brand Innovator of the Year |Sponsored by MPS

o  Highly Commended: Method and Madness

o  Category Winner: Tullamore D.E.W.


Craft Producer of the Year | Sponsored by Wade

o  Highly Commended: Glendalough Distillery

o  Category Winner: Dingle Distillery


Visitor Attraction of the Year | Sponsored by Christies

o  Highly Commended: Walsh Whiskey Distillery

o  Category Winner: Jameson Distillery, Bow St.


Master Distiller/Master Blender of the Year | Sponsored by Steklarna Hrastnik

o  Highly Commended: Sarah Dowling – Beam Suntory

o  Category Winner: Alex Chasko – Teeling Whiskey Co.


Distillery Manager of the Year

o  Highly Commended: Lyndsey Harkins – Connacht Whiskey Co.

o  Category Winner: Mary Ferriter – Dingle Distillery


Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year

o  Highly Commended: Luke Crowley-Holland – Celtic Whiskey Shop

o  Category Winner: Alan O’Donovan – Irish Whiskey Experience


Irish Whiskey Brand Ambassador of the Year

o  Highly Commended: Kevin Piggott – Tullamore D.E.W.

o  Category Winner: Jennifer Nickerson – Tipperary Boutique Distillery


 Single Outlet Retailer of the Year

o  Highly Commended: The Drinks Store

o  Category Winner: Celtic Whiskey Shop


Multiple Outlets Retailer of the Year

o  Highly Commended: Molloy’s

o  Category Winner: O’Briens, Wine, Beer, Spirits


Travel Retailer of the Year

o  Highly Commended: Shannon Duty Free

o  Category Winner: The Loop Dublin Airport


Supermarket of the Year

o  Highly Commended: Dunnes

o  Category Winner: SuperValu


Bar of the Year

o  Highly Commended: Paris Texas

o  Category Winner: Bowes Lounge Bar


Bar Group of the Year

o  Highly Commended: Porterhouse

o  Category Winner: Market Bar Group


Hotel Bar of the Year

o  Highly Commended: The Sidecar Bar, the Westbury Hotel

o  Category Winner: Jasmine Bar, Brooks Hotel

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