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This year’s Irish Whiskey Awards proved a worthy celebration of uisce beatha

29th October, 2017
Kieran Hurley, global brand ambassador and Alex Chasko, master distiller, both from Teelings which won the Overall Irish Whiskey of the Year Award Pic: Robbie Reynolds

The ever-expanding Irish whiskey crew assembled last week at the Old Jameson Distillery for the Irish Whiskey Awards 2017. These awards were willed into being half a decade ago by Ally Alpine, one of a handful of the early evangelists for what is now not merely a renaissance of Irish whiskey, but a national re-engagement with a huge part of our lost history.

For centuries, Ireland was famous for its uisce beatha, the water of life;...

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