Waterford Distillery won Distiller of The Year – the industry’s main award – for the second year in a row recently.
In a return to in-person awards ceremonies, Irish whiskey’s great and good gathered together at the Iveagh Garden Hotel in Dublin on 25th November for the Icons of Whisky Ireland 2022 regional awards, hosted by Whisky Magazine.
The Icons of Whisky awards aim to celebrate the best and brightest people and places in the sector – not just the distilleries and the teams that work in them, but also the individuals and businesses that work to support and promote them and their products.
exceptional attention to detail in its whiskey making, with provenance at the core of its production
“Our distiller of the year – Waterford Distillery – has demonstrated exceptional attention to detail in its whiskey making, with provenance at the core of its production. This was highlighted perhaps most interestingly in its recent participation in a peer-reviewed American research project, which, with the expertise of leading spirits researchers, sought to show that barley’s provenance has a clear influence on the finished whiskey. Our winning distillery, unsurprisingly, also has a clear commitment to Irish barley, and local farmers.
hey’re showing us just how it’s done
Furthermore, this ties in with its commitment to sustainability. This distillery doesn’t value one thing above another; rather, it recognises that there are myriad factors that must be considered to create great whiskey – and they’re showing us just how it’s done.”