Teeling Whiskey wins big at World Whiskies Awards

Jack Teeling, Founder and Managing Director, Teeling Whiskey and Stephen Teeling, Sales and Marketing Director, Teeling Whiskey. Picture: Naoise Culhane Photography

Teeling Whiskey have won a top award for their 24 Years Old Vintage Reserve at the World Whiskies Awards 2019.

The spirit was named the World's Best Single Malt at this year's prestigious awards.

It is the first time an Irish whiskey has been named as the world’s best single malt.

Teeling Whiskey beat off competition from industry leaders from Scotland and Japan to earn the title at the ceremony which was held in London last night.

"To be honoured as the World’s Best Single Malt and in the process become the first Irish whiskey to ever have achieved such world-wide acclaim is very humbling and reflects the global resurgence and revival of both Teeling and Irish whiskey," Jack Teeling, Founder and Managing Director of Teeling Whiskey said.

"We are also extremely proud of the team we have created, and this award is testament to the creativity, hard-work and dedication of our staff both here in Ireland and around the world, and I would like to thank them all for helping us achieve this ambition."

Teeling also picked up an award for the Best Irish Grain for their Single Grain whiskey.

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) congratulated Teeling Whiskey saying it is an "incredible achievement".

"It is testament to the quality and excellence of its whiskey range and the hard work and dedication of the team involved to produce this world-class Single Malt," said William Lavelle, Head of the IWA.

Irish Whiskey is leading on the world stage. This month, the CSO published final export data for 2018 showing that €654 million worth of Irish whiskey products (distillery-gate prices, not final retail price) were exported from the Republic of Ireland last year.

"This marked an increase of 13%, which confirms that the Irish whiskey renaissance shows no signs of abating."

Overall, five Irish whiskeys received honours at the awards.

  • World's Best Pot Still - The Temple Bar 14 Years Old Single Cask
  • World's Best Single Malt - Teeling Whiskey 24 Years Old Vintage Reserve
  • Best Irish Blended Limited Release - Teeling Whiskey Stout Cask
  • Best Irish Blended - Dunville's Irish Whiskey Dunville's Three Crowns Peated Whiskey
  • Best Irish Grain - Teeling Whiskey Single Grain

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