Many congratulations to Bernard Walsh and The Irishman Walsh Whiskey Team who were awarded the Irish Whiskey of the Year Award in the annual Irish Whiskey Awards hosted last night by Dingle Distillery in County Kerry.
Their winning expression was The Irishman 17 Unyaka Old Single Malt. I Irishman 17 Year Old also won the award for Best Irish Single Cask Whiskey at the same event.
The Irishman 17-Year-Old Single Malt is an extremely limited release, with just three casks of 600 bottles per cask produced each year. The Single Malt Whiskey underwent 17 years of maturation in a 500 litre, first-fill Sherry Butt. Walsh Whiskey say that
“the signet of this exceptional 17-Year-Old is its rich deep flavour and great warmth.”
Originally released in 2016 to mark Walsh Whiskey’s 17th year in business, this super-premium, triple distilled Irish whiskey is bottled at 56% ABV and non-chill filtered. It has previously won an Irish Whiskey Masters medal and was named Irish Single Cask Whiskey of the Year in Jim Murray’s 2019 Whisky iBhayibheli.
Other expressions from the Walsh Whiskey portfolio that received Irish Whiskey Awards for 2019 were the newly released Writers’ Tears Copper Pot Japanese Mizunara Oak Finish futhi Writers’ Tears Cask Strength 2019 Release, both of which received Gold Medals.
Speaking after the award, Bernard said
“The quality of competition across all categories is testament to the fantastic industry we have here in Ireland. The Irish Whiskey Awards are the equivalent of the Oscars for the industry and we are honoured to hold the title of Best Irish Whiskey 2019”.
The timing could not be better for The Irishman as the Walsh Whiskey Team are currently enjoying running a tongue in cheek video marketing campaign exploiting the serendipitous timing of the release last month of Martin Scorcese’s latest movie, also called I Irishman starring Robert de Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.
It has been an eventful year for Bernard Walsh who is not only one of the most influential people in the Irish Whiskey World, but also one of the most decent.
As I have often said before, it is always nice when you see nice things happen to nice people.