Irish Distillers has been named Importer of the Year at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2020.

The Importer of the Year honour recognises the achievement of the distiller who attains the greatest number and level of medals.

In addition, the judges of the annual tasting competition awarded IDL’s portfolio of Irish whiskeys with six Double Gold medals, including Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength.

Newcomer Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaleach Knockrath Forest was also highly commended, achieving a Double Gold medal on its first outing at the competition.

Redbreast 12, Redbreast 15, Redbreast 21 and Redbreast Lustau Edition were presented with Gold medals.

Irish Distillers’ step into the premium gin market was also rewarded, with its Method and Madness Irish Micro Distilled Gin taking home a Gold medal.

Tommy Keane, Production Director at Irish Distillers, said: “We are delighted to have received such a fantastic range of honours from one of the world’s leading tasting competitions, and one of the ulimate accolades for any distiller to win – Importer of the Year.

“We are incredibly proud that our whiskeys continue to impress both whiskey experts and connoisseurs around the world. These awards are a true testament of the passion, creativity and commitment of the world-class production team who make Midleton Distillery a special place to work.”

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