Clonakilty Distillery trumped in two categories yesterday (24 March) at the World Whiskies Awards.
The maritime distillery’s visitor experience manager, Ewan Paterson, won an award in the ‘Best Visitor Experience Manager’ category, and its multi-award-winning Clonakilty Small-Batch Single-Malt Whiskey added another accolade to its collection of silverware.
Michael Scully, founder of Clonakilty Distillery, expressed his delight at the award wins and said that the team was excited for a busy summer.
“I am thrilled to see Ewan recognised today as the best visitor experience manager – the team are incredibly proud of him. He plays a pivotal role at our visitor centre, and if you’ve ever visited, you will know that he goes above and beyond to ensure everyone that comes through the doors has the best-possible experience that they can at Clonakilty Distillery,” Scully said.
“We will legally be able to launch our own very first whiskey, made from our distillery, in May later this year, so it has been a great start to 2022 for us, and we are really looking forward to a busy summer and autumn, welcoming visitors back to our distillery tours.”
Clonakilty’s Small-Batch Single-Malt was the second award for the team on the night, coming up trumps in the ‘Small-Batch Single-Malt’ category.
Paul Corbett, head distiller at Clonakilty Distillery, said that the team was delighted to be recognised for its Clonakilty Small-Batch Single-Malt, which was in collaboration with O’Hara’s Brewery.
“O’Hara’s brew exceptional beers, and on nosing the casks before filling, I knew we were going to be crafting something special,” Corbett said.
“The resulting Clonakilty Small-Batch Single-Malt has a complex blend of chocolate, fruit and spice notes with a rich mouthfeel, and we’re delighted it has been recognised on a global scale.”