Boann Distillery has three reasons to raise a glass after a triple success at the World Whiskies Awards 2024!
The Meath distillery’s Winter Solstice Single Pot Still has clinched the title of Best Pot Still in Ireland in the 12 years and Under category.
It was also a gold national winner in the New Make and Young Spirit category for ‘The Poor Creature’ and in the Blended Malt category for ‘The Good, the Bad and the Smoky’ - part of it's Whistler range.
The country winners were unveiled recently at the final World Whiskies Awards judging season in London. They will now go on to compete for the title of World's Best at next month’s final, also taking place in London.
First bottled in 2022, the Winter Solstice was Boann's first ever single pot still release and marked the revival of whiskey distilling in Drogheda for the first time in 160 years.
In 2019, Boann filled nine, specially hand-selected casks with whiskey spirit from it's inaugural distillation, including NEOC (New Era of Oak Cask), PX, Armagnac, Sauternes, Moscatel, Chardonnay, Bordeaux, Rum and Marsala, and matured in the solitude of the distillery. The first bottles of 'Solstice', matured on site, came from a Pedro Ximenez hogshead 250ltr cask.
“We are thrilled with this award and it is a great sign of what to expect from Boann Distillery in the coming months and years,” said Pat Cooney, MD and Founder.
“It was a hugely important launch for us and essentially rolled back the years to a time when Drogheda was a world leader in whiskey production.”
The World Whiskies Awards, which judge the very best products in the world of whiskey, saw more than 1,600 entries this year in 22 categories, including single malt, blended, bourbon and rye.
“Once again, we've seen remarkable quality from our 'Rest of World' distillers, which hail from mainland Europe to Asia, Australia to Africa and beyond,” said Christopher Coates, Chair of the judging panel.
“I'm reassured by the fact that we've seen an excitingly broad range of whiskey styles competing this year.”
The World’s Best whiskies will be announced at the Whisky Magazine Awards gala dinner in London on March 20.
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