Echlinville Distillery – Triple Win at World Whiskies Awards

Not that long ago I had a wee chance to visit Echlinville Distillery in Co Down. It was chance visit but, the reception from the staff was outstanding even taking us into their delightfull tasting room and bar.

This is another distillery that should be high on your list to visit.

It is of no surprise to me that they have recently won awards at World Whiskies Awards, here is their press release.

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.

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