Blackwater Distillery, based in West Waterford, was one of just five companies worldwide short-listed for the International Gin Producer of the Year Award at the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC), held in London recently.
The annual IWSC awards are judged by industry professionals and Blackwater is the first Irish distillery to rate so highly in the competition. This achievement was further endorsed by their Blackwater No.5 Gin being awarded a Gold Medal, as the only Irish
“We are very proud of our achievements,’’ said Blackwater Creative Director Peter Mulryan. “We’ve been in business for a little under three years, so to be ranked alongside some of the world’s finest distilleries is a real vote of confidence in our team.’’
Blackwater Distillery have just launched a joint venture with Barry’s Tea. The limited-edition Blackwater Barry’s Tea Irish Gin is on sale and proved a real hit in the Christmas market. It joins the company’s expanding gin portfolio which, as well as the company’s signature brand Blackwater No 5, includes Blackwater Wexford Strawberry Gin and Blackwater Juniper Cask Gin. Additionally, Blackwater Distillery exclusively supplies Aldi with Boyle’s Gin, winner of Best Irish Gin at the Irish Whiskey Awards 2016 and IWSC Silver in 2017.