More success for Dunville’s Irish Whiskey with triple win at World Whiskies Awards
The Echlinville Distillery in County Down (Northern Ireland) is celebrating an impressive triple win at the World Whiskies Awards – the latest in a series of international accolades for its Dunville’s Irish Whiskey.
Echlinville has swept the board at the prestigious awards with its Dunville’s PX 12 Year Old Whiskey winning Best Irish Single Malt Aged 12 Years and Under. Dunville’s VR 18 Year Old Port Mourant Rum Finish Whiskey has been named Best Irish Single Malt Aged 13-20 Years, and Dunville’s Three Crowns Peated Whiskey was judged Best Irish Blended Whiskey Aged 12 Years and Under – one of the competition’s most hotly contested categories.
This is the latest in a series of accolades for Dunville’s Irish Whiskey, which has scooped category wins at the World Whiskies Awards every year since 2015. This week’s triple win brings to 15 the brand’s total number of international prizes and further cements Dunville’s place among the best whiskies of the world.
Echlinville owner Shane Braniff said: “We are delighted with the news of three major wins at this year’s World Whiskies Awards. In an industry that has long been dominated by big multi-nationals, we are proud that our independent family-owned distillery is making an impact on the world stage.
“At Echlinville, we don’t produce huge volumes of whiskey but we are dedicated to our craft. Our ethos is to do it small but do it well. We will not compromise in our desire to produce the finest whiskey conceivable. It is an approach that is proving very successful for us and we are our honoured that the quality of our spirits has been recognised yet again at the World Whiskies Awards.”
“To bring home three World Whiskies Awards is a huge achievement for us and is testament to the hard work and commitment of the team here at Echlinville. It is an excellent start to what promises to be a great year for us. We are looking forward to a number of new releases in the coming months, including our multi-award winning 18 Year Old Port Mourant Rum Finish Whiskey, which has now picked up its third major award.
“We are also working on an exciting new addition to the Dunville’s family – one that will be an important nod to an often forgotten chapter of the brands rich history, and will also mark the opening of a new and innovative chapter in the Dunville’s story. We are looking forward to revealing more on that over the coming weeks.
“Established in 1808 and originally produced at the Royal Irish Distilleries in Belfast, Dunville’s was among the world’s most famous whiskeys until its untimely demise in 1936. We revived the iconic Dunville’s brand in 2012 and as it’s proud custodians we have been doing everything we can to restore The Spirit of Belfast to its rightful place among the world’s best whiskies.”
The World Whiskies Awards select, reward and promote the highest quality whiskies to consumers and trade across the globe. They are judged by an international panel of whiskey experts. Dunville’s winning whiskies will now go on to compete in the Best Irish Single Malt and Best Irish Blended Whiskey categories, the winners of which will be announced on 28th March.
Echlinville’s success at the World Whiskies Awards comes just weeks after Echlinville Single Estate Irish Pot Still Gin was named Best Irish Contemporary Gin at the World Gin Awards.
The Echlinville Distillery (Kircubbin, Co. Down) became the first newly licensed distillery in Northern Ireland for over 125 years when it began production in 2013. It has since established itself at the forefront of Ireland’s spirits renaissance and is home to some of the north’s best-known spirits including the iconic Dunville’s Irish Whiskey, Echlinville Gin (winner of the coveted Three Star rating at the Great Taste Awards), Jawbox Gin and Bán Poitín.
For more information or to book a Tour and Tasting at The Echlinville Distillery visit www.echlinville.com
Echlinville’s state-of-the-art still house stands proudly alongside the historic Echlinville Manor House, former seat of the Echlins who were once among the most influential families in Ireland.
A ‘field to glass’ distillery, Echlinville’s new-make spirits are distilled from barley grown and harvested from their own fields and floor malted on their distillery farm. Their story is one of provenance, pride in their roots in the Ards Peninsula and devotion to the ancient art of distilling.
Echlinville offers a range of visitor experiences including distillery tours and tastings, afternoon teas, and private group tours.