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Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard have collected the title of Whiskey Distiller of the Year at the Icons of Whisky Awards in London.

In addition, they were named Whiskey Brand Innovator of the Year and their Powers John’s Lane Release won Best Pot Still Whiskey at the accompanying World Whiskies Awards.

CEO Anna Malmhake said of the awards: “We are delighted with this phenomenal result, especially as the Icons of Whiskey are among the most respected whiskey awards in the world.

“This is an exciting time for Irish whiskey and to be recognised as Distiller and Brand Innovator of the Year is a true testament to the continued contribution of our skilled and passionate distillery team at Midleton.”

The accolades follow a spate of recent successes for Irish Distillers including Distillery of the Year at the Whiskey Advocate Awards and the Whiskeys of the World Trophy at the 2011 International Spirits Challenge for Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy.

IRISH DISTILLERS SWEEPS THE BOARD AT ICONS OF WHISKEY AWARDS 2012 – Scotch Whisky News

March 31st, 2012

IRISH DISTILLERS SWEEPS THE BOARD AT ICONS OF WHISKEY AWARDS 2012

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, makers of the world’s No 1 Irish whiskey, Jameson, has been named Whiskey Distiller of the Year and Whiskey Brand Innovator of the Year at the Icons of Whiskey Awards 2012. Single pot still whiskey Powers John’s Lane Release was also recognised, scooping the prize for Best Pot Still Whiskey within the World Whiskies Awards, at a ceremony held at the Waldorf Hilton in London.

The three awards underline a hugely successful and innovative year for the company, in which it demonstrated its unique distilling capabilities and a vision for the future of the Irish whiskey category. Highlights included the launch of the Single Pot Still Whiskeys of Midleton initiative, which introduced Powers John’s Lane Release, Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy and Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength, while Jameson introduced the newest product in the Reserve range, Jameson Select Reserve.

Anna Malmhake, CEO for Irish Distillers, says: “We are delighted with this phenomenal result, especially as the Icons of Whiskey are among the most respected whiskey awards in the world. This is an exciting time for Irish whiskey and to be recognised as Distiller and Brand Innovator of the Year is a true testament to the continued contribution of our skilled and passionate distillery team at Midleton.”

Last night’s accolades follow a spate of recent successes for Irish Distillers including Distillery of the Year at the Whiskey Advocate Awards and the Whiskeys of the World Trophy at the 2011 International Spirits Challenge for Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy. Respected whiskey writer Jim Murray awarded 96.5 points to Powers John’s Lane Release, making it his 2012 Whiskey Bible Irish Whiskey of the Year and the highest ever scoring Irish whiskey in the history of the Bible.

Notes:

Irish Distillers Limited, part of Pernod Ricard Group, distils and distributes a range of famous Irish whiskey, gin and vodka brands internationally, including Jameson, Powers, Paddy, Midleton Very Rare, Redbreast, Cork Dry Gin and Huzzar Vodka.

About The Icons of Whiskey

Now in its 9th year in its current form, the Icons of Whiskey awards celebrate the people and places behind the great whiskies of the world, and are nominated by professionals in the drinks industry. Independent editorial panel of whiskey experts pick winners from the regional heats of Scotland, America and Rest of World before the overall winners are announced.

About Jameson:

Jameson is the world’s No 1 Irish whiskey. Award-winning as a result of its exceptional smoothness following its unique triple distillation process, Jameson is enjoyed in more than 120 countries worldwide.

The core Jameson range includes Jameson; Jameson 12 Year Old Special Reserve; Jameson Gold Reserve; Jameson 18 Year Old Limited Reserve; Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve; and Jameson Signature Reserve (Travel Retail exclusive).

About Single Pot Still Whiskeys of Midleton:

In May 2011, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard announced plans to underline the rich heritage of Irish whiskey with the launch of a new initiative – Single Pot Still whiskeys of Midleton. Aimed at promoting consistent communication on the provenance and quality of single pot still whiskey, the launch heralded an increase in investment in Irish Distillers’ existing portfolio, ahead of a planned roll-out of innovative extensions. Additionally, the initiative marked the adoption by the industry of new terminology for this unique style of whiskey – moving from ‘pure pot still’ to ‘single pot still’.

For further information please visit www.jamesonwhiskey.com

Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength

Pernod Ricard USA and Irish Distillers, makers of Jameson, Midleton Very Rare, Redbreast, Powers and Paddy Irish Whiskies, are proud to announce Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength Irish Whiskey has been crowned Whiskey Advocate’s Irish Whiskey of the Year.

Whisky Advocate magazine focuses on whisky information, education and entertainment for whisky enthusiasts. Dominic Roskrow, Whisky Advocate writer and judge commented, “It was the stunning triple whammy of single pot still whiskeys from Pernod Ricard USA/Irish Distillers (Redbreast 12 Year Old, Redbreast 15 Year Old and Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength) that provided the greatest surprise in a generation for the Irish whiskey category. All three were wonderful, but it was the cask strength version of the much-loved 12 year old Redbreast, that carried off the honors.”

Redbreast is a single pot still Irish whiskey, which is regarded as the definitive expression of traditional pot still Irish whiskey and remains the only ongoing bottling of an age statement single pot still whiskey available in the U.S. today. Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength, bottled at 57.7% ABV, is aged 12 years and non-chill filtered.

Roskrow went on to described Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength as, “A rich, bittersweet plummy, red berry, oaky-spiced delight. The increased strength gives an already great whiskey a richer, fuller, fruitier dimension, and makes an already complex whiskey…even more complex. For me, that makes it not just the best Irish whiskey of this year, but of any. An utter joy.”

2nd April,2012- AOG.

Monday, 28 May 2012
The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, visited the Irish Distillers’ distillery in Midleton, Co. Cork , to mark the €100 million investment at the facility by Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard.  The company announced the expansion at the end of last year, in response to the continued growth of Jameson worldwide. In the year to end June 2011, a total of 3.4 million cases of Jameson were sold. The Distillery is now operating at full capacity and in order to cater for future forecasted growth, an expansion is necessary.

The Taoiseach’s visit also marked the 20th anniversary of the Jameson Experience, the Jameson visitor centre in Midleton, which has welcomed in excess of two million visitors since it first opened its doors in 1992.

As part of the investment, sixty manufacturing and technical jobs will be created, thirty in the Midleton Distillery, and a further thirty in the Fox and Geese bottling plant in Dublin, bringing the company’s total employee numbers in Ireland to 560.  Separately, up to 250 jobs will result from the construction process. There will also be a significant benefit to the local economy. The Distillery currently spends in excess of €60m annually on cereals, energy, capital projects and payroll in the local economy.

The expansion, which is due to take place over the next 24 months, will benefit from significant energy and water use efficiencies as a result of the incorporation of the latest state of the art design techniques. As previously announced, a further €100m is being spent developing a new satellite maturation facility at Dungourney, Co. Cork.

Speaking at the event, The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, said: “This investment by Irish Distillers is the result of an exceptional performance by Jameson in the world-wide marketplace. Today marks a significant day in the future of Irish whiskey production, and the entire food and drinks export industry, as well as for the local economy here in Cork, which has greatly benefited from the presence of both the Distillery and the Jameson Experience Visitors Centre. By taking advantage of a supportive and stable economic environment Irish brands can continue to increase exports worldwide. The success of the Distillery here in Midleton, and its Visitors Centre is to be commended and I wish the company every success with its expansion plans.”

Anna Malmhake, CEO, Irish Distillers commented, “This is a fantastic day for Irish Distillers – and for Irish business. The €100 million investment in Midleton, the home of Irish whiskey production, is a reflection of the growing international success of Jameson, and the future potential of our entire Irish Whiskey portfolio. With a tradition dating back to 1780, Jameson has been distilled in the Midleton distillery since 1975 and we are delighted to confirm our commitment to this tradition, and at the same time, we continue to embrace progress and to deliver new and innovative expressions of Irish Whiskey.

The success of our visitor’s centre, The Jameson Experience, which is today celebrating its 20th anniversary, emphasises the popularity of Jameson as a brand, not only domestically, but world-wide. With over 2 million visitors passing through its doors since 1992, the contribution it makes to Irish tourism and the local economy in Cork is immense.”

Also in attendance were Mr Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine; Peter Morehead Production Director, and John Callely, Managing Director, Watercourse Distillery, the Dublin (Old Jameson Distillery) and Cork (Jameson Experience) visitor facilities of Irish Distillers Limited.

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