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Icons of Whisky 2022: Ireland regional winners revealed


The Whisky Magazine Icons of Whisky awards have announced the Ireland regional winners in the 2022 competition at a ceremony in Dublin – marking a return to in-person events after almost two years.


After another year of challenges, members of the whisky industry gathered at the Iveagh Garden Hotel on 25 November to celebrate its best people and places, in the first regional ceremony in the 2022 Icons of Whisky.


Both the winners and highly commended entrants in each of the awards’ categories were announced at the ceremony – the first in-person event for the Icons since early 2020.


Waterford Distillery took the coveted Distiller of the Year title, while Teeling Whiskey Company scooped the Sustainable Distillery of the Year award. The 2022 competition also sees a Chef of the Year title awarded for the first time, in a recognition of the growing bond between the fine dining and whisky industries.


Christopher Coates, Whisky Magazine editor, said: “This year’s results are a testament to the great work that’s been done by Irish whiskey makers over the past year. It’s truly delightful to see the Irish whiskey industry growing at a rapid pace and drinkers’ interest in Irish whiskey increasing exponentially. I’m certain this positive trend will continue and that competition in our Icons of Whisky categories will remain fierce for decades to come.”

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Run by the team at 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, from bartenders to retailers, that work to support and promote them and their products.


The full list of winners and highly commended people and places from the Ireland regional awards can be found below as well as at www.iconsofwhisky.com.


Icons of Whisky Ireland 2022 Winners and Highly Commended


Distiller
Winner

Waterford Distillery 


Craft Producer
Winner

Dingle Distillery


Highly Commended

Blackwater Distillery


Sustainable Distillery
Winner

Teeling Whiskey Company


Highly Commended

Midleton Distillery


Brand Innovator
Winner

Boann Distillery


Highly Commended

Roe & Co Irish Whiskey


Campaign Innovator
Winner

Dingle Distillery


Visitor Attraction
Winner

Jameson Distillery Bow Street


Highly Commended

Clonakilty Distillery Visitor Experience


Distillery Manager
Winner

Paul Wickham, Midleton Distillery


Master Distiller / Master Blender
Winner

Kevin O’Gorman, Midleton Distillery


Highly Commended

Paul Corbett, Clonakilty Distillery


Irish Whiskey Brand Ambassador
Winner

Robert Caldwell, Teeling Whiskey Distillery 

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Highly Commended

Gerard Corbett, Clonakilty Distillery


Visitor Attraction Manager
Winner

Ewan Paterson, Clonakilty Distillery


Single Outlet Retailer
Winner

Celtic Whiskey Shop


Multiple Outlet Retailer
Winner

Aer Rianta International (ARI), The Loop


Online Retailer
Winner

Celtic Whiskey Shop


Supermarket
Winner

SuperValu


Own Brand Supermarket
Winner

Lidl Ireland


Whisky Buyer
Winner

Tracey Jordan, Aer Rianta International (ARI)


Highly Commended

Ally Alpine, Celtic Whiskey Shop


NEW TO 2022: Chef
Winner

Jason Nolan, Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder


Bar Manager
Winner

Padraic Rafter, Paris Texas Bar


Highly Commended

Jim Gordon, Revolution Whiskey Bar


Whisky Bar
Winner

Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder


Highly Commended

Revolution Whiskey Bar


Whisky Hotel Bar
Winner

The Tack Room at Adare Manor


Highly Commended

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links, The Jameson Bar


Communicator
Winner

Matt Healy, Potstilled.com

26 November 2021 – Bethany Whymark

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