Aldi Ireland has seen success on the world stage once more, winning more awards for two of its bespoke spirits at The World Spirits Awards on 20th March in Australia – Boyle’s Gin, which won Gold in the Dry Gin category, and Ardfallen Whiskey, which won gold in the Blended Irish Whiskey Category.
The World Spirits Awards are considered the highest quality spirits awards in the world, honouring the best producers and products. The awards for Best Spirits are determined using a ranking system based on the Wolfram Ortner’s spirits rating system. This is a 100-point system specifically designed for spirits with five rating criteria.
Boyle’s Irish Gin – 70cl – €24.99
Blackwater Distillery has partnered with Aldi since 2016, developing the private-label Boyle’s Gin brand exclusively for the retailer’s Irish and UK markets. Every drop of Boyle’s Gin is produced by the team in Blackwater Valley, West Waterford, using imported botanicals, along with local apples, blackcurrants and elderflower. Boyle’s Gin previously won Gold at The Gin Masters 2018.
Peter Mulryan of Blackwater Distillery sai: “It was been wonderful to work with Aldi to bring quality Irish craft gin to the widest possible audience. This latest award is very much appreciated.”
Ardfallen Irish Whiskey – 70cl – €18.99
Triple distilled and matured in Bourbon Casks, Ardfallen Irish Whiskey is exclusive to Aldi. Ardfallen takes its name from the area from which the malted barley is sourced in Co. Cork.
The whiskey is crafted in small batches and has been meticulously blended to give an aroma of chocolate, almond and green fruit with a lingering sweetness to the taste and a finish of vanilla and cocoa that ends with a slight spiciness. Ardfallen Irish Whiskey previously won Bronze at the Irish Quality Food Awards 2019.
Tom Doorley, Aldi’s Spirits Expert, said: “From one of Ireland’s exciting newer distilleries comes this traditionally triple-distilled Irish whiskey. Delicate yet spicy, it has aromas of fresh nuts and a hint of apple. Ageing in Bourbon casks has imparted a warm, vanilla, toasty character that tastes round and generous on the palate.”
The products are on sale in 142 Aldi stores nationwide now.