Clonakilty Distillery becomes the first distillery to win Best New Make Whiskey in Ireland, twice.
The World Whiskies Awards’ Best New Make category has been hotly contested since its inception in 2020. The distilleries of Ireland go head to head with the best of their new make spirit (un-aged whiskey), in blind judges’ evaluation at the annual World Whiskies Awards, in London. In 2020, Clonakilty Distillery were the first distillery in Ireland to win the coveted title of “Best New Make in Ireland”, with their house mashbill Single Pot Still spirit.
Following on from their 2020 success, Clonakilty Distillery, situated in Clonakilty, Co. Cork, has announced today that their Single Pot Still spirit has been crowned “Best New Make in Ireland“ for the second time at the World Whiskies Awards 2023.
Accepting the award at a ceremony at Merchant Taylor’s Guild Hall in London, Clonakilty Founder, Michael Scully stated: “We are proud to be the first whiskey producer to win this award twice, and see it as a confirmation that we are on the right path to launching a truly great whiskey in 2024, when we go to market with our single pot still whiskey for the first time.”
At the awards in London, Clonakilty Distillery secured two further gold medals for their portfolio with Best Irish Single Malt -12 Years and Under, and Best Irish Single Cask Single Malt – 21 Years & Over.
Founder, Michael Scully continued, “Our success is a tribute to the team we have, and for their expertise, craftmanship and dedication to distilling quality spirits. This good news follows other recent victories, including the recognition of our Minke Vodka as one of the best vodkas in the world, and our Minke Gin as Ireland’s best classic gin.”
The Best New Make category is often used as an early indicator of high quality whiskey in years to come, when the distilleries have their own spirit matured. Single Pot Still spirit has won the Best Irish New Make category every year since the competitions inception in 2020, consistently outperforming its Single Malt counterpart, which bodes well for the future quality of Irish Single Pot Still spirit.