Glendalough has been awarded the accolade of Irish Distillery of the Year at the New York International Spirits Competition.
The Irish Distillery of the Year award is not an annual occurrence – it is a prize given as and when it is appropriate.
The competition also awarded Glendalough Double Gold for its new Mizunara Single Malt and Double Barrel whiskeys and Gold for its Wild Rose Irish Gin.
Glendalough’s 7 year old Mizunara single malt whiskey which received double gold is aged in Japanese Mizunara casks from the island of Hokkaido in Japan.
Glendalough’s Double Barrel Whiskey was also awarded double gold. It is aged twice in two different barrels. American oak Bourbon barrels bring the elements of sweet honey and smooth vanilla flavours. The Spanish oak Oloroso barrels layer on dried fruit, and nutty flavours.
Glendalough’s Wild Rose Irish Gin received a gold award. It is made with carefully tended flowers from the garden of the mother of Glendalough’s head distiller, and the gin also includes wild flowers from the mountains around the distillery. After the distillation process the gin is then further infused with even more roses to deepen its flavour.
In 2010, The New York International Spirits Competition was the first to be founded in the now International Beverage Competition Series. In 2022 alone, the competition saw over 1400 submissions from over 39 countries.
Enda O’Sullivan, VP of Spirits Mark Anthony Brands International, said: “It’s an exciting time for Glendalough, our Wild Gins are fresh-distilled from hand-foraged, wild botanicals in the Wicklow mountains. Our Irish Whiskeys are the result of a relentless search for the finest, most flavourful species of oak in the world, not least Irish oak from our surrounds in the Wicklow mountains. These awards are testimony to the drive and ambition of the Glendalough team who strive for the very best in all they do. Securing double gold for our Mizunara and Double Barrel whiskies as well as gold for our Wild Rose Gin is a huge achievement but to also be named Irish Distillery of the Year is an incredible result. We’re so passionate about crafting liquids with a profound sense of place, to have Glendalough recognised on the world stage gives us renewed ambition for the future.”
Glendalough Distillery was founded in 2011 and has since become part of Mark Anthony Brands International.