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WIZARDS OF WHISKY IRISH DISTILLER OF THE YEAR

BUSHMILLS

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Northern Ireland’s Bushmills Distillery has held off fierce competition from Irish Distillers and Teeling to take the title of Wizards of Whisky Irish Distiller of the Year in what proved to be the closest contest of the Awards so far.

Seven gold medals and four silver medals were shared by the three main producers of Irish whiskey this year, with Bushmills picking up three golds for its single malt whiskeys aged 10, 16 and 21 years old.

An average of just three per cent separated the three distillers but all of Bushmills’ whiskey entries scored consistently highly. The Bushmills victory means that over the three years of The Wizards Awards Ireland has consistently produced the tightest results. Bushmills is the third different winner in three years.

The award comes at a significant time for the distillery after it was recently sold off by Diageo to Mexican tequila giant Jose Cuervo, who described the acquisition as the most important in its history and promised to nurture and develop the Bushmills portfolio in the future.

Read how Bushmills has reacted to the news of its victory in the next issue of World Whisky Review, published on line next week.
TOMORROW: EUROPEAN DISTILLER OF THE YEAR

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