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Fantasy Irish Whiskey Awards 2020

Wishing one and all the very best for 2021. Whether you are involved in Irish Whiskey, you are already an enthusiast or just beginning your Whiskey journey we invite you to visit us in Kilkenny and see the glory of the Medival capital of Ireland and the very buildings from the 14th Century that still stand testament to The Red Book Of Ossory, the origins of Aqua Vitae in Ireland, Uisce Beatha and of course Whiskey - The water of life!

Earlier in 2020 we invited everyone to nominate and vote for their favourites in an array of Irish Whiskey catergories and here below now are the results of the poll! Of course everyone is a winner but we have listed the top three peoples choices in each category in no particular order.

Sláinte libh go léir agus go n'eirí linn i 2021.


  • Irish Blended Whiskey (RRP of €60 or LESS)

Writers Tears Copper Pot

Jameson Black Barrel

Bushmills Black Bush

  • Irish Blended Whiskey (RRP of €60 or MORE)

Midleton Very Rare 2019

Jameson Bow Street

Tullamore DEW 15 Year Old Trilogy

  • Irish Vatted Pot Still

Nothing to see here.. yet!

  • Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey

Powers Johns Lane

Redbreats 27

Redbreast 12 Year Old

  • Irish Vatted Malt

Pearse Marriage Of Malt Distillery Exclusive

  • Irish Single Malt Whiskey (up to and including 12 Years Old)

Dunville's 12 Year Old

Bushmills 10 Year Old

Writers Tears Red Head

W.D. O'Connell Bill Phil Batch 1

(four whiskeys listed here as there was a tie!)

  • Irish Single Malt Whiskey (13 Years and older)

Bushmills 16 Year Old

Teeling 28 Year Old

Bushmills 21 Year Old

  • Irish Vatted Grain

JJ Corry The Hanson

  • Irish Single Grain Whiskey

Method & Madness Single Grain

Teeling Single Grain

Glendalough Double Barrel

  • Irish Cask Strength Whiskey

Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength

Green Spot Single Cask Revolution Bar

Midleton Dair Ghaelach Knockrath Forest

  • Irish Single Cask Whiskey

Powers 12 Year Old Friends Of Midleton

Green Spot Single Cask Revolution Bar

Teeling Single Cask 16638 Calvados


  • Irish Whiskey Bar (Ireland) 

Dylan Whisky Bar, Kilkenny

Palace Bar, Dublin

Thomas Connolly's, Sligo

Dick Mack's, Dingle

Shelbourne Bar, Cork

Duke Of York, Belfast

  • Irish Whiskey Bar (International) 

Dead Rabbit, New York

Passage East Bar, Astoria, New York

Scolar's Lounge, Rome


Irish Whiskey Brand Ambassador Of The Year 

Ger Garland, Irish Distillers

Derek King, Powers

Michael Cowman, Paddy

Irish Whiskey Writer / Blogger / Podcaster Of The Year 

Barry Chandler, Stories & Sips

Brian Hennessy, The Whiskey Chaser

Matt Healy, Potstilled / Potstilled Radio


Thanks to everyone for taking part, for nominating and voting. There was a fantastic esponse to the poll and while it has certainly been fun we cannot wait for the blind tastings and real awards to take place again in 2021 with Ally, Julie, Al and The Celtic Whiskey Shop team!

Wishing you a very Happy New Year from all at Kilkenny Whiskey Guild!



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