The team at Clonakilty Distillery is celebrating this week, having picked up a gold award for its Minke Irish Vodka in the Smooth category at The Spirits Business Vodka Masters 2021.

The vodka debut for the Cork distillery was launched earlier this year and was commended by judges for having a smooth taste, “with a nice creaminess and a good balance”. It was noted by the panel for being “soft with a touch of peppery spice notes.”

Adam Collins, Marketing Manager at Clonakilty Distillery, said: “As the newest member to Clonakilty Distillery’s portfolio of award-winning spirits, we are absolutely delighted to see Minke Irish Vodka being recognised for its superb quality and signature smoothness.

“We pride ourselves on being a producer of premium Irish spirits, and to be acknowledged in such a competitive category is very rewarding and is a credit to the entire team here at the distillery.”

Paul Corbett, Head Distiller and Blender at Clonakilty Distillery, said said: “We slow distil a whey-based spirit in our own pot still, through a 10-meter copper coil before it reaches our condenser. This added reflux from the coil creates an incredibly pure and clean spirit, while the whey base alcohol delivers a rich and smooth velvety mouthfeel.”

“Unlike most Irish vodkas, which are distilled using a grain-based alcohol, Clonakilty Distillery’s Minke Vodka uses a whey-base spirit, derived from milk which is produced on the ninth-generation family farm located a short distance from the distillery itself,” he continued.

To celebrate the award, Clonakilty Distillery’s Minke Vodka is currently available at a discounted rate of €26 in Supervalu stores nationwide until October 13th (usual RRP €34).

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