Ireland’s newest whiskey brand, Matt D’Arcy & Co Limited, has won multiple awards at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), which announced its 2020 winners at the end of March.
The brand’s 17 year old single malt won Best Irish Whiskey and Best Irish Single Malt having just launched to market in March.
Among the other awards for the Newry-based whiskey company was a Double Gold medal for its 17 year old single malt, which is only awarded when all judges unanimously deem a product to be of gold medal standard.
The company was also awarded gold in the Blended Irish Whiskey category for its 10 year old port-finished blend.
While Matt D’Arcy was a prominent name in whiskey making in the 1800s and 1900s, production stopped at the Newry distillery more than 100 years ago. It has since been revived by historian and founder Michael McKeown.
Despite launching in the midst of a global crisis, Andrew Cowan, CEO of Matt D’Arcy & Co. Limited has reported strong early sales.
“Currently our whiskies are available exclusively at the Celtic Whiskey Shop. Our first delivery sold out within days, and winning gold and double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition will really help us in reaching the US market, which is so important for Irish whiskey sales,” said Andrew Cowan.