Accolades include Best Irish Whiskey (Redbreast 15 Year Old), Best Single Pot Still Whiskey (Redbreast 15 Year Old) and Best Blended Irish Whiskey (Midleton Very Rare)

Irish Distillers, Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, has been awarded 10 global accolades for its Prestige range of Irish whiskeys at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and International Spirits Challenge 2017.
At the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Redbreast 15 Year Old was awarded Best Single Pot Still Whiskey and Best Irish Whiskey, while Midleton Very Rare received the honour of Best Blended Irish Whiskey. In addition, Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength claimed its third Double Gold medal in a row – a testament to the quality of Single Pot Still whiskeys produced at the Midleton Distillery, the home of Irish Distillers. This latest recognition cements the position of Redbreast as the most decorated Single Pot Still whiskey in the world.
Yellow Spot 12 Year Old followed up a near-perfect 99/100 scoring achieved at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge earlier this year with a Gold medal at the International Spirits Challenge, while Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy received its sixth Gold medal since release in 2011.
Commenting on the awards, Billy Leighton, Head Blender at Irish Distillers, said: “Single Pot Still Irish whiskey is the quintessential style of Irish whiskey which Irish Distillers saved from virtual extinction in the mid-1900s. Since then, we have been investing to protect this traditional Irish whiskey, most recently announcing a €10.5 million investment to increase production capacity at Midleton. It is encouraging to see the fruits of this work in the form of these coveted global recognitions. The quality of our whiskeys is testament to the hard work and dedication of the production team at Midleton, past and present. We now look forward to continuing to push the boundaries in terms of quality and innovation and leading the next chapter of the global Irish whiskey success story.”
In total, Irish Distillers’ Prestige range secured four Double Gold and six Gold medals across the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) and International Spirits Challenge (ISC):

 

  • Redbreast 15 Year Old
    • Best Irish Whiskey (SFWSC)
    • Best Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey (SFWSC)
    • Double Gold medal (SFWSC)
  • Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength
    • Double Gold medal (SFWSC)
  • Midleton Very Rare
    • Best Blended Irish Whiskey (SFWSC)
    • Double Gold medal (SFWSC)
  • METHOD AND MADNESS Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Finished in Chestnut
    • Double Gold medal (SFWSC)
  • Midleton Dair Ghaelach
    • Gold medal (SFWSC)
  • METHOD AND MADNESS Single Malt Irish Whiskey Enhanced with French Limousin Oak
    • Gold medal (SFWSC)
  • Redbreast 21 Year Old
    • Gold medal (SFWSC)
    • Gold medal (ISC)
  • Yellow Spot
    • Gold medal (ISC)
  • Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy
    • Gold medal (ISC)

 

Now in its 17th year, the San Francisco World Spirits Challenge is one of the most influential spirits competitions in the world and is judged by a line-up of esteemed drinks journalists, producers and experts. Run each year in partnership with respected drinks trade bible, Drinks International, the International Spirits Challenge is one of the most authoritative and influential spirits competitions in the world and celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year.