Meath distillery becomes first in Ireland to win “World’s Best New Make” whiskey award

After a difficult year for distilleries and breweries across Ireland (and the world) we’re delighted by the news Boann Distillery has been recognised for it’s latest Irish whiskey creation.

The World Whiskies Awards were streamed over Facebook Live with 1,000 whiskies from distilleries around the world entered in 16 different categories. But only one rose to the top to win “World’s Best New Make” and that was our very own, home grown “New Born” spirit crafted by Boann Distillery.

This is very exciting, a first for us and a first for Ireland, no other distillery has won best international new make in this competition, which is the top award when it comes to whiskey distillation.

We have achieved this by merging the old ways of whiskey production in copper pot stills, with cutting edge, 21st century nano-technology.

It is an incredible achievement for our team that we have produced the best new make whiskey on the planet.

Pat Cooney, founder of Boann Distillery

The family run Irish distillery claims to create whiskey and craft gin as rich and bewitching as the land. At one time the Boyne Valley was home to 18 whiskey distilleries. That number slowly declined to just one remaining distillery by 1822 and eventually the industry had disappeared completely from the County Meath town.

Civil war, Prohibition in the US and a trade dispute with the UK saw Irish distilling in sharp decline. By the turn of this century, there were three distilleries in Ireland and no distilleries left in Drogheda. However a revival in Irish whiskey is well and truly underway. With Irish whiskey consistently outperforming its competition and the fastest growing spirit in the world, up to thirty Irish distilleries are now planned to meet this global demand. When the first spirit flowed from the Boann Distillery pot stills, it heralded the return of distilling to Drogheda in over 160 years.

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