Awards & Events

Icons of Whisky Ireland 2019

By Rob Allanson
For the second year, the Icons of Whisky Ireland awards have celebrated the emerald isle’s whiskey resurgence, which has been driven by dedicated and passionate people, bars, producers and retailers.

Presented in Dublin, the winners will now go head-to-head with their contemporaries from around the world, battling it out for the prestigious global titles.

Additionally, in reverence of their outstanding dedication, experience and expertise, master blenders Billy Leighton, of Irish Distillers, and Helen Mulholland, of Bushmills, have been inducted into the prestigious Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame as inductees #51 and #52.

We are proud to honour the following as Icons of Whisky Ireland 2019:

Distiller of the Year

Irish Distillers
Highly commended
Teeling Whiskey Co.

Brand Innovator of the Year

Teeling Whiskey Co.
Highly commended
Method & Madness

Craft Producer of the Year

Dingle Distillery
Highly commended
Glendalough Distillery

Visitor Attraction of the Year

Jameson Distillery Bow St.
Highly commended
Walsh Whiskey Distillery

Master Distiller/Blender of the Year

Alex Chasko, Teeling Whiskey Co.
Highly commended
Sarah Dowling, Beam Suntory

Distillery Manager of the Year

Mary Ferriter, Dingle Distillery
Highly commended
Lyndsey Harkins, Connacht Whiskey Co.

Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year

Alan O’Donovan, Irish Whiskey Experience
Highly commended
Luke Crowley-Holland, Celtic Whiskey Bar

Irish Whiskey Brand Ambassador of the Year

Jennifer Nickerson, Tipperary Boutique Distillery
Highly commended
Kevin Piggott, Tullamore D.E.W.

Single Outlet Retailer of the Year

Celtic Whiskey Shop
Highly commended
The Drinks Store

Multiple Outlets Retailer of the Year

O’Briens Wine, Beer, Spirits
Highly commended

Travel Retailer of the Year

The Loop, Dublin Airport
Highly commended
Shannon Duty Free

Online Retailer of the Year
Highly commended

Supermarket of the Year

Highly commended

Bar of the Year

Bowes Lounge
Highly commended
Paris Texas

Bar Group of the Year

The Market Bar Group
Highly commended

Hotel Bar of the Year

Jasmine Bar, Brooks Hotel
Highly commended
The Sidecar Bar, The Westbury Hotel