Irish Whiskey Awards 2015

30 Mar 2015 5:05 PM | Anonymous

Announcing the 2015 Irish Whiskey Awards

Following on the success of the Irish Whiskey Awards in 2013 & 2014, we are proud to announce the Irish Whiskey Awards for 2015.

With what feels like a boom of interest in Irish whiskey, it is more fitting than ever to recognise the excellence and innovation by producers and distillers.



First, I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the 2 previous year's Awards. This year, we are holding a blind tasting of all entries at Brooks Hotel on 12th & 13th September. Entries will be tasted amongst other category entrants. Voting duties will be carried out by members of the Celtic Whiskey Club and also by the Irish Whiskey Society. We will allow up to 80 members of the Irish Whiskey Society & 80 members of the Celtic Whiskey Club to register to take part in the tasting. Tasters can sample all in one sitting or sample category by category over the weekend. The tasting will be open from 11am-7pm on both days. We will also allow up to 40 overseas members to register and will send samples by post (for a postage charge).

Experience tells me that if people don’t buy a ticket it is less likely that they'll show up, so when you register there will be a €10 charge which will go to the charity "Mary’s Meals". We should raise enough money to feed 100 children in a country such as Malawi for 1 year. This will help "Mary’s Meals" to pass the 1,000,000 kids a day which they will be feeding daily in 2015. The Celtic Whiskey Shop will cover all expenses of the weekend's tasting.

Any company submitting samples is welcome to be at the venue to check they are happy with the procedures in place. We will be getting all tasters to mark each whiskey out of 100. After the awards, we will release all scores only to the industry. Each category winner will receive a trophy & runners up will get Gold Medals.


How to register

Please send an email with your name, phone number & Society or Club membership number to my colleague Al Higgins - . We can take payment for the €10 charity donation by Paypal (, Credit Card (via phone 01 675 974401 675 9744 or instore), Bank Transfer or Cash (instore).


Why take part?

You’ll not only get the chance to taste Ireland’s best whiskeys in a unique blind tasting format, you’ll also help decide which whiskeys are best.


What are the categories?

There will be an overall winner titled 'Irish Whiskey of the Year' along with the following categories.

             Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey

            Irish Single Malt Whiskey (12 Years & Younger)

            Irish Single Malt Whiskey (13 Years & Older)

            Irish Blended Whiskey (RRP of less than €60)

            Irish Blended Whiskey (RRP of €60 or more)

            Irish Single Cask Whiskey

            Irish Cask Strength Whiskey

            Irish Single Grain Whiskey

            Irish Poitin

            Irish Liqueur

            Irish Gin

            Irish Vodka

            Irish Whiskey Barrel Aged Irish Craft Beer

            ​Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Leinster)

            ​Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Munster)

            ​Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Connaught)

            ​Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Ulster)

            ​Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (International)

            ​Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year (Overall Winner)


The only category that the Celtic Whiskey Shop or Irish Whiskey Society can enter is Irish Single Cask.


When are the awards announced?

The awards night will be held on the 22nd October at the Teeling Whiskey Distillery. Tickets will go on sale in a few months with all proceeds going to charity.


How to get in touch.

If you have any questions regarding the awards please contact us or or on 01 675 974401 675 9744




Celtic Whiskey Shop & Wines on the Green,

27-28 Dawson Street,

Dublin 2 

Tel: 01 675 974401 675 9744                                                

Fax: 01 675 9768

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