The Whisky Tasting Club

Ireland Going to Pot

Irish whiskey is staging the biggest comeback since Rocky took on that Russian – and it’s pot still whiskey  and single malt whiskey which are leading the charge.

This year’s Spirits Business Irish Whiskey Masters attracted more than 40 Irish whiskeys – up from 28 last year and itself a sign of growing confidence in the sector. And while the recognised big Irish names performed well, the year belonged to pot still whiskey and single malts.

Although there are only five pot still whiskeys in the mainstream market, three picked up Masters and another a gold, with newly released Power’s John’s Lane and Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy joining the evergreen classic Redbreast 12 years old on the Masters pedestal.

Of the other eight Masters two went to single malts Tyrconnell Madeira and Port finishes, and there were a further four gold medals given to single malts.

Chairman of the judging panel Neil Ridley said that the panel had been impressed with the standard: “there was a great deal of variety in the whiskeys and the quality was very good. Irish whiskey seems to be thriving.”

As the new Editor of Spirits Business and the reviews writer coveringIrelandfor Malt Advocate, I’m delighted that Irish Distillers in particular is responding from the challenge laid down by Cooley in recent years. The two new pot still whiskeys Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy and Powers John’s Lane are world class and worthy additions to the pot still whiskey canon. I’ve been a big supporter of Tyrconnell for some years now, so its success is very welcome. And I’m delighted to see Hot Irishman and Tullamore Dew reaching Masters level. What was a one horse race has developed in to a big competitive field with several thoroughbreds. No doubt the sector will go from strength to strength.

MASTERS

Powers John’s Lane

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy

Redbreast 12 year old

Tyrconnell Port

Tyrconnell Madeira

The Hot Irishman

Tullamore Dew Black

Jameson Gold Reserve

 

GOLD

Bushmills 16 o

Bushmills 21 yo

Connemara Cask Strength Peated

Tyrconnell 15 year old single cask

Slane Castle

Tullamore Dew 10 yo Reserve

Kilbeggan 18yo

Redbreast 15 yo

 

SILVER

Kilbeggan

Bushmills Black Bush

Tullamore Dew 12 yo

Jameson 18 yo

Jameson Rarest Vintage

Midleton Very Rare

Connemara Peated

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