Teeling Whiskey, Ireland’s leading progressive Irish whiskey producer, collected the award for Best Blended Irish Whiskey of the Year (less than €60) at last night’s Irish Whiskey Awards ceremony held in Slane for its flagship Teeling Small Batch Irish whiskey.
The Irish Whiskey Awards started in 2013 and have quickly become the premier Irish whiskey awards show due to way the judging process is run. This year the awards were held in Slane Castle and honoured the very best of Irish whiskey, which is continuing to blaze a trail on the international spirits market. The judging is open for all members of the Irish Whiskey Society, Cork Whiskey Society and the Celtic Whiskey Society to attend. Members are invited to attend a judging panel in one of the 5 judging centres based around the country where the whiskeys are blind tasted and judged by relevant entry category. As such, the winners of this competition are decided by a wide group of Irish whiskey consumers rather than a chosen small group of industry experts making this the one award every Irish whiskey brand wants to win.
Teeling Small Batch Irish whiskey was entered into the largest and probably most competitive category – Blended Irish Whiskey who retail for less than €60. This category is open to all the major brands of Irish whiskey which account for up to 90% of all Irish whiskey sales so for the Teeling Small Batch to emerge as the consumers choice within this category is a huge vote of confidence in the quality of this whiskey. This award builds on 4 other International Awards the Small Batch has picked up in 2018 including Gold Medal at the Irish Whiskey Masters and Ultimate Spirits Challenge.
Jack Teeling, Founder and Managing Director of Teeling Whiskey commented, “We have won over 175 International Awards over the last five years but this accolade is always the one we want to win. To be judged by the most knowledgeable Irish whiskey connoisseurs in the world to have produced the best Blended Irish Whiskey when up against the main players in the category justifies all the time and effort we put into crafting our whiskeys.”
Teeling Small Batch is the distillery’s biggest selling bottling and was their first release back in February 2013. Consisting of hand selected ex-bourbon cask matured grain and malt whiskey that are selected for their quality, this whiskey is then blended and put back into ex-rum barrels for 12 months. This imparts an extra layer of character before being bottled in small batches at 46% with no chill filtration, completing its award winning flavour. Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey is distributed throughout the world and is now available in over 60 countries internationally.