Middleton’s Redbreast 21 has won overall whiskey of the year at the 2015 Irish Whiskey Awards, which took place in the Teeling Distillery, Newmarket, Dublin 8.
The Irish Whiskey Awards, which are now in their third year, recognise the excellence and innovation from indigenous producers and distillers. The awards spanned a total of 20 categories, including two new categories for Irish Gin and Irish Vodka.
Kilbeggan Single Grain was named best Irish Single Grain Whiskey at the awards, and Connemara Single Malt was awarded the trophy in the Irish Single Malt Whiskey (12 Years and Younger) category.
Separately, the overall winner of Whiskey Bar of the Year was Dick Mack’s in Dingle.
Ally Alpine, Managing Director of Celtic Whiskey Shop and organiser of the Irish Whiskey Awards, said: “The Irish Whiskey Awards were started almost at the same time as the explosion in interest in Irish whiskey and craft distilling, and each year shows the leap in both entry numbers and the quality of the liquid. We hope this journey continues for many years.”