Barry Crockett, former master distiller at Irish Distillers' Midleton distillery, has been added to Whisky Magazine’s Hall of Fame for his contribution to Irish whiskey during his 47-year career.
Crockett, who was also recognised for his Outstanding Achievement at the International Spirits Challenge last year, said: “I am deeply honoured to join the list of whiskey greats in the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame. The success of Irish whiskey around the world in recent years has given me a great deal of pleasure and I am particularly proud to have been able to contribute to its development.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Midleton distillery and I would like to thank, once again, everyone at Irish Distillers who has supported me over the last 47 years.”
Crockett, along with three other inductees was added to the magazine’s honours list, that now has 20 members. They were awarded by Rob Allanson, Whisky Magazine’s former editor, at the last week’s World Whiskies Awards ceremony in London.
Allanson commended Crockett for “redefining Irish whiskey by combining technology, innovation, and craftsmanship with a deep sense of history” and overseeing operations at Midleton during “some of the most eventful times in Irish whiskey’s history”. Irish Distillers’s Redbreast 15 Year Old was also awarded the ‘World’s Best Irish Pot Still’ at the event.
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