The annual Irish Whiskey Masters awards winners have been announced, with Teeling collecting the top award across four categories.

The awards were held in London and the results announced on 1st August. Teeling Whiskey scooped top honours across the Irish Single Malt and Irish Single Grain categories, receiving a total of 10 medals including 4 masters, 5 gold and 1 silver.

There were no less than 18 gold medals awarded in the Blended – Premium category, including a gold for Jameson Crested, Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition, and Pearse Lyons 7 Years Old – Distiller’s Choice.

Irish Distillers also picked up a masters in the Blended – Super Premium category for its Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength as well as its Midleton Dair Ghaelach Knockrath Forest. Seven golds were awarded in this category, including three to Walsh Whiskey.

At the highest price point, Blended – Ultra Premium, a master was awarded to Tullamore Dew 12 Years Old Special Reserve.

In the Flavoured Irish Whiskey category, two more medals were awarded. Boann Distillery’s The Whistler Irish Honey was awarded a gold medal, and The Wild Geese Irish Honey Liqueur collected a silver medal.

Andre Levy, Chairman of The Wild Geese Irish Premium Spirits, said: “We are absolutely delighted to see The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Collection recognised yet again for its quality. We find it very gratifying that all our hard work over the years is still being recognised and rewarded by our industry peers, despite the enormous opposition we have faced from the dominant players over the last 20 years in bringing our brands to realisation.”

Reflecting the increased entrants within the category, the Irish Whiskey Masters 2021 entries were up by over 60% on last year with nearly 100 entries from 27 different Irish Whiskey companies.

Jack Teeling, Founder and Managing Director of Teeling Whiskey, said: “We are extremely proud to continue to outperform at international spirits awards having won over 325 International Awards for our whiskeys. Since 2012 we have focused on expanding the range of Irish Whiskeys on the market, in particular in the Single Grain and Single Malt categories. Therefore, to be acknowledged as the leading Irish whiskeys in these premium categories is very rewarding and justifies all the effort the whole team puts into every Teeling Whiskey release.”

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