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Five awards at San Francisco Spirits Competition

We are delighted to announce that The Echlinville Distillery has won five awards at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition – one of the drinks industry’s most prestigious and influential contests.

Our Dunville’s Irish Whiskey portfolio scooped four awards including Double Gold Medals for Dunville’s Three Crowns and Dunville’s PX 12 Year Old Single Malt. The Double Gold Medal is awarded only to those spirits rated as exceptional by every member of the competition’s esteemed judging panel. Double Gold Medal winners are considered to be among the finest spirits in the world.

Dunville’s Three Crowns Peated and Weavers Irish Gin were both awarded a Gold Medal, meaning they are ‘near the pinnacle of achievement’ and set the standard for spirits in their category.

Dunville’s 1808 Blended Irish Whiskey was awarded a Silver Medal reserved for ‘outstanding spirits that show refinement, finesse and complexity’.

Global Recognition

Speaking about our latest awards success, distillery owner Shane Braniff said: “The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is held in high esteem throughout the global drinks industry. A San Francisco medal is a recognised indicator of exceptional quality and craftmanship, so to win five medals is a huge honour for all of us here at Echlinville.

“We pride ourselves in the quality and integrity of our products and the passion and professionalism of our team, so it is wonderful to see this recognised by the competition’s judging panel, which includes some of the spirits industry’s most respected and experienced experts.

“These medals bring our tally of global awards and accolades to 45, which is quite an achievement for our independent family-run distillery. Each award is an indication of the high esteem in which Echlinville held in the global spirits industry, which has traditionally been dominated by big multi-national brands.

“As we seek to increase our international presence – particularly in the Irish Whiskey sector, which is the world’s fastest growing spirits category – these awards will further strengthen our brands at home in Ireland and across key export markets. We are delighted with this latest awards success and hope it will help us to introduce The Echlinville Distillery and Dunville’s Irish Whiskey to new followers and spirits enthusiasts around the world.”

Dunville’s Irish Whiskey in triple win at World Whiskies Awards

Dunville’s Irish Whiskey has won three accolades at the prestigious World Whiskies Awards.

We at The Echlinville Distillery are custodians of the iconic Dunville’s Irish Whiskey brand, which picked up two category wins and one bronze medal at the esteemed awards.

Dunville’s PX 12 Year Old won it’s third consecutive World Whiskies Award, picking up the title of Best Irish Single Malt 12 Years and Under. Its cask strength cousin, Dunville’s PX 12 Cask Strength, was named Best Irish Single Cask Single Malt Aged 12 Years and Under, while the 18 Year Old Palo Cortado Sherry Finish won Bronze in the Irish Single Cask Single Malt Aged 13-20 category.

World’s best whiskeys

This is the latest in a series of accolades for Dunville’s, which has scooped major category wins at the World Whiskies Awards every year since 2015, further cementing Dunville’s place among the best whiskies of the world.

The World Whiskies Award 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 Irish Whiskey wins five World Whiskies Awards

Dunville’s Irish Whiskey has won an impressive haul of five accolades at the prestigious World Whiskies Awards.

Echlinville are custodians of the iconic Dunville’s Irish Whiskey brand, which swept the board at the esteemed awards with two top category wins, two gold medals and one bronze medal.

Dunville’s 18 Year Old Palo Cortado Sherry Cask Finish Whiskey, which is due to be released in the coming weeks, secured the coveted title of Best Irish Single Malt Aged Aged 13-20 Years – one of the competition’s most hotly contested categories. Another upcoming release, Dunville’s PX 12 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Whiskey, won Best Irish Single Cask Single Malt 12 Years and Under.

Gold Medals went to Dunville’s PX 12 Year Old Single Malt (46% abv) in the Irish Single Malt 12 Years and Under category and to Dunville’s VR 18 Year Old Port Mourant Rum Finish in the Single Cask Single Malt Aged 13-20 group. Dunville’s Three Crowns was awarded a Bronze medal in the Irish Blends category.

This is the latest in a series of accolades for Dunville’s , which has scooped major category wins at the World Whiskies Awards every year since 2015. This week’s wins bring to 21 the brand’s total number of international prizes and further cements Dunville’s place among the best whiskies of the world.

Dunville’s brand ambassador Jarlath Watson from The Echlinville Distillery said: “We are delighted with the news of five 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 small team at Echlinville Distillery is making such an impact on the world stage. We continue to punch well above our weight and these awards are yet another tribute to the hard work and dedication of all our staff”

“At Echlinville, we don’t produce huge volumes of whiskey but we are dedicated to our craft. We strive for perfection in all our small batch releases. 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.

“These awards are an excellent start to what promises to be a great year for Dunville’s. We are looking forward to a number of new releases in the coming weeks, including the Cask Strength expression of our iconic PX 12 Year Old Single Malt and an exceptional 18 Year Old Single Malt with a Palo Cortado Sherry Cask finish. Both of these whiskies were extremely well received at a recent tasting with the Irish Whiskey Society and have now won their respective categories at the World Whiskies Awards.”

Speaking about the history of the Dunville’s brand, Jarlath continued: “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 Award 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 26th March.

For more information visit www.dunvilleswhiskey.com

Triple win for Echlinville at the Irish Whiskey Awards

The Echlinville Distillery is celebrating an impressive triple win at the Irish Whiskey Awards, which honour the best in Irish whiskey and artisan spirits.

These latest accolades bring to 30 the total number of global awards won by the distillery since it was established in 2013.

Dunville’s PX 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey was named Best Irish Single Malt Aged 12 Years and Under. Finished in Pedro Ximenez sherry butts, this is the latest major award for Dunville’s PX 12, which was also named Best Irish Single Malt 12 Years and Under at this year’s World Whiskies Awards.

Its younger sibling – Dunville’s PX 10 Year Old Single Malt – won the same category at the 2017 Irish Whiskey Awards, meaning Echlinville have secured the title twice in three years with two different whiskeys.

Echlinville Single Estate Irish Pot Still Gin also won its second consecutive Gold Medal in the Irish Gin category, with Bán Poitín also picking up Gold.

Echlinville’s Jarlath Watson said: “We are delighted with the news of three wins at this year’s Irish Whiskey Awards. These awards are particularly special to us as they are judged by members of whiskey clubs and societies the length and breadth of Ireland, so it is an honour to be recognised by our friends and colleagues within the Irish whiskey family.

“At Echlinville, we don’t produce huge volumes of spirit but we are dedicated to our craft. Our ethos is to do it small but do it well. It is an approach that is proving very successful for us and we are our delighted that the quality of our spirits has been recognised yet again at the Irish Whiskey Awards.

“We now have 30 major awards under our belt – that’s quite an achievement in the six years since the first spirit trickled from our stills. We are exceptionally proud that our small, independent, family owned distillery is making an impact in an increasingly competitive industry.

“This has been an incredible year for us, most recently with the launch of our much anticipated Dunville’s VR 18 Year Old Port Mourant Rum Finish Whiskey and significant wins at the World Whiskies Awards and World Gin Awards earlier in the year. With a number of new releases due in the coming months, we very much hope that our success will continue in to 2020.”

For more information on Dunville’s Irish Whiskey visit www.dunvilleswhiskey.com

Echlinville in triple win at World Whiskies Awards

The Echlinville Distillery 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 Award 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.

For more information or to book a Tour and Tasting at The Echlinville Distillery visit www.echlinville.com

Echlinville Gin named Ireland’s Best Contemporary Style Gin

Echlinville Single Estate Irish Pot Still Gin has been named Best Irish Contemporary Style Gin at the World Gin Awards.

Echlinville Gin is now in the running for the title of World’s Best Contemporary Style Gin, the winner of which will be announced at the World Gin Awards on 21 February.

This is the latest accolade for Echlinville Gin, which won the Gold Medal in the Irish Gin category at the Irish Whiskey Awards 2018 and a coveted Three Star rating at the Great Taste Awards in 2017.

We are one of the few distilleries to distil our own neutral base spirit for our gin. Echlinville Gin is crafted only from barley grown, harvested and floor malted on ourdistillery farm. The malted barley is mashed, fermented and ‘trickle pot distilled’ to create the unique base spirit that sets Echlinville Gin apart in terms of taste and provenance.

Infused with carefully selected botanicals including local gorse flower petals and seaweed from Strangford Lough, Echlinville Gin is complex and perfectly balanced, boasting fresh floral and zesty citrus notes. Sweet and smooth, with a malt character and rich creamy mouthfeel, it is as comfortable sipped neat as it is in the company of elderflower tonic, lemon and mint, its recommended serve.

Successful night at the Irish Whiskey Awards

Echlinville had a busy evening at the Irish Whiskey Awards where we were delighted to pick up four awards.

We brought home two more accolades for Dunville’s Irish Whiskey, with Dunville’s VR 17 Year old Port Mourant Rum Finish Whiskey winning Gold Medal for Irish Single Cask Whiskey. This is the limited edition rum finish whiskey’s second major award, having already been named Best Irish Single Cask at the World Whiskies Awards.

Dunville’s PX 12 Year Old Single Malt picked up the Gold Medal in the 12 Years and Under category. Echlinville Single Estate Irish Pot Still Gin won the Irish Gin Gold Medal and Bán Poitín was named Best Irish Poitín.

Congratulations to all this year’s winners.

Echlinville Gin wins top 3 Star rating at Great Taste Awards

Echlinville Single Estate Irish Pot Still Gin has received one of the world’s most sought-after food and drink awards – a coveted Three Star rating at the Great Taste Awards.

Distilled from field-to-glass at The Echlinville Distillery in Co. Down (Northern Ireland), Echlinville Gin is the only Irish gin, and one of only eight spirits in total, to achieve Great Taste’s top rating. The Three Star award secures Echlinville Gin’s place among the best gins in the world.

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is regarded as the most respected accreditation scheme for food and drink producers.

12,366 products were entered for this year’s competition, with just 165 awarded the highest possible Three Star rating – reserved for those whose taste is judged to be ‘exquisite’ or ‘wow’.

“In a world filling up with gins, this one stands out”

The judging panel described Echlinville Gin as ‘exceptional’, ‘quite stunning’ and ‘truly outstanding’, saying:”In a world filling up with gins, this one stands out.”

Speaking about the award, Echlinville Distillery founder and owner Shane Braniff said: “We are hugely proud that Echlinville Gin has been listed among the top-rated products at Great Taste 2017. The Great Taste label is a badge of honour and a signpost to an exquisite tasting product.

“Echlinville Gin is made with a unique barley neutral base spirit distilled from barley grown and floor malted on the distillery farm. To distil your own neutral spirit is something of a rarity in the gin business, and sets Echlinville Gin apart from its competitors. Few distilleries in the world can offer a gin of such provenance.

“From field to glass, every stage of Echlinville Gin’s journey has been perfected at our distillery, and we are delighted that it has been recognised with this seal of approval from Great Taste and The Guild of Fine Food.”

A gin true of place

Shane continued:”The heart of gin may be juniper, but the soul of any spirit comes from its connection to the place where it is made. We are very proud of our roots in the Ards Peninsula, and that sense of place is the essence of our gin. Our homegrown Echlinville barley, Strangford Lough sweet kelp, indigenous whin bush petals and an array of hand-picked botanicals combine to give our gin a true connection to the land and the sea.

“The malted barley neutral spirit gives a balanced complexity, malt character and creamy mouthfeel that was noted by the Great Taste judges. It is as comfortable sipped neat as it is in the company of elderflower tonic, lemon and mint, its recommended serve.”

Award winning distillery

Believed to be Ireland’s only ‘field to glass’ distillery, all Echlinville’s new-make spirit is distilled from barley grown, harvest and floor malted on the distillery’s own farmland.

Shane continued: “Echlinville was Northern Ireland’s first newly licensed distillery in over 125 years and we have established ourselves at the forefront of Ireland’s spirits renaissance. Primarily a whiskey distillery, we began distilling in 2013 and laid down our first casks of single malt and pot still whiskeys, which came of age last year.

“All our new-make spirit is distilled from barley grown and malted on our own land. From reviving the tradition of distillery floor malting to perfecting the art of trickle pot distillation, we have departed from modern distillery norms in the quest to produce spirits with the finest possible taste and character. Our commitment to quality is at the heart of everything we do, and we are delighted that has been recognised by Great Taste.”

Echlinville celebrates third World Whiskies Award

The Echlinville Distillery is raising a glass to its Dunville’s PX 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey, which has won its third consecutive World Whiskies Award.

Dunville’s PX has been named the Best Irish Single Malt 12 Years and Under for the third year running – a rare achievement in the whiskey industry. The win is the latest in a string of successes for Dunville’s PX, which also won the 2016 Irish Whiskey Award in the same category.

The World Whiskies Awards select, reward and promote the highest quality whiskies to consumers and trade across the globe and are judged by an international panel of whiskey experts. Best Irish Single Malt 12 Years and Under is among the competition’s most hotly contested categories.

The Spirit of Belfast

Dunville’s was among the world’s best known Irish whiskeys until the demise of the Royal Belfast Distillery in 1936. The iconic brand was revived by The Echlinville Distillery owner Shane Braniff, who made it one of Echlinville’s founding goals to bring ‘The Spirit of Belfast’ back to the world. And they have done so, to international acclaim.

Shane said: “Until recently, the only place you could buy a bottle of Dunville’s whiskey was at auction, but we are proud to have restored The Spirit of Belfast to its rightful place among the premier whiskeys of the world. To win three consecutive World Whiskies Awards in such a competitive category is almost unheard of, and we are incredibly proud of that achievement.

“Echlinville recently expanded the Dunville’s portfolio to include Dunville’s Three Crowns, a premium vintage blend of superior aged whiskeys finished in three of the finest casks. And we have big plans for the brand in 2017 with the imminent launch of Dunville’s Three Crowns Peated, which will be Ireland’s only peated blended whiskey. Further releases, including a new 16 year old single malt expression and an exceptional Rum Finish limited edition whiskey are planned for later in the year.

“After an 80-year absence, the Dunville’s revival has been well worth the wait and we look forward leading The Spirit of Belfast through a new chapter in its already proud history.”

At the heart of Ireland’s spirits renaissance

Echlinville became Northern Ireland’s first newly licensed distillery in over 125 years and has since established itself at the forefront of Ireland’s spirits renaissance.

Echlinville is believed to be Ireland’s only ‘field to glass’ distillery, and last year the distillery launched Ireland’s first super-premium single estate pot still gin. Echlinville Gin is made with a neutral base spirit distilled at Echlinville from the distillery’s homegrown floor malted barley.

Shane continued: “The heart of gin may be juniper, but the soul of any spirit comes from its connection to the place where it is made. Our own Echlinville barley and carefully selected botanicals, including local seaweeds and indigenous whin bush petals, give our gin a true sense of place. From field to glass, every stage of Echlinville Gin’s journey has been perfected at our distillery. Few distilleries can offer a gin of such provenance.”

Echlinville is also home to Jawbox Gin, which has become a firm favourite in bars across Ireland since it launched little over a year ago, and Bán Poitín, a revival of the legendary potato based spirit.