Every whiskey, cream liquer, poteen and vodka submitted was awarded a medal, demonstrating the persistently high quality of Irish Spirits. No other country had such an enviable achievement.
The tally for Ireland at the I.W.S.C comprised two GOLD medal winners (Tullamore Dew Heritage Whiskey, and Connemara Peated Malt Whiskey), ten SILVER Medals "Best in Class", eight SILVER Medals and 4 BRONZE Medals.
For those readers liking an Irish Whiskey, the accolades go to C&C International with 7 medals, and Cooley's and Diageo with 5 medals each.
Also Irish Distillers won the SILVER medal “Best in Class” for Single Malt 12 year-old for their “Redbreast 12 year-old Irish Pot Still Whiskey”
Looking at Irish Vodka, Castle Brands received a Silver Medal for their Boru Vodka Brand.
Finally, the grandadd of them all, Poteen showed why it has survived for centuries. The family-owned brand of Knockeen Hills, www.irish-poteen.com, won four SILVER (Best in Class) MEDALS for their quadruple-distilled range. These were for their Special Reserve marketed in the USA at strengths of 110 and 180 US Proof and their Gold Extra-Strength sold in Europe at 80% and 90% vol.
The win brings the Knockeen Hills tally to ten medals at the I.W.S.C. The producer exports to over 15 countries world-wide and contributes its success to “word of taste”.